Cornwall has been unsuccessful in its bid to become City of Culture 2025.

A shortlist of four was announced on Friday, with Cornwall’s application failing to make the final cut.

Cornwall had originally made it onto the longlist of eight, from the original selection of 20 in 2021.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP chief executive, Glenn Caplin-Grey, said: “We’re disappointed, of course, but getting as far as we did is a huge vote of confidence in the quality and value of Cornwall’s cultural and creative sector, and the very act of bidding has allowed us to showcase some of the brilliant things that are happening in Cornwall and to plan for the future.”

The four places shortlisted are Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough. A final decision is expected in May.

Cornwall, along with the unsuccessful areas, will receive detailed feedback on its bid. Ministers and officials will also engage with it on how best it can maintain momentum and realise its ambitions in the future.


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