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We are seeking a research partner to test and explore how the British Council can support the UK City of Culture Programme and what added value the British Council can bring to the winning cities and programme.

UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for a period of one year. The aim of the initiative, which is administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is to "build on the success of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture 2008, which had significant social and economic benefits for the area".  The inaugural holder of the award was Derry-Londonderry in 2013. In 2017, Kingston upon Hull will take the title.


Research questions 

1. When should the British Council intervene; pre or post awarding of the Cities of Culture?

2. How does the British Council work practically with successful Cities of Culture, should there be a core offer from the British Council?

3. What is the British Council’s impact and added value to the UK Cities of Culture programme?

4. How do we ensure a strong legacy of the British Council involvement within a Cities of Culture programme?

5. As this is a UK focused festival how do we best manage being an international partner post EU Referendum?


Please find documents at the bottom of this page to download.

Deadline for formal responses is 5pm, 24th February 2017.

Please contact Martina Murphy for any guidance