Perth Goes To London

A team from the Perth 2021 Programme Board travelled to Westminster on Tuesday to host a reception in the House of Commons promoting Perth’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

In making the case for Perth, Provost Liz Grant and Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone highlighted the unique challenges faced by smaller cities serving large rural areas. She outlined how Perth 2021 can move UK policy and practice forward and beyond ‘what works’ in large urban settings and redefine the role of the 21st century small city – including tackling inequality within both urban and rural communities, including barriers to participation in culture.

Key business and cultural sector partners also attended to promote Perth including Magnus Linklater, Chair of Horsecross Arts and John Bullough, Chair of the City Development Board alongside local politicians across all parties. Young musicians from Glè, a Gaelic contemporary group supported by Horsecross Arts performed a unique collaboration with Polish musician Maicek Pokora. All are students or alumni of the Music and Audio courses at Perth College/University of the Highlands and Islands.

On Wednesday, SSE announced its support for the Perth 2021 bid and the bid will be reaching out to local businesses at an engagement event on 7 February.

The event was sponsored by Pete Wishart MP, who represents Perth and North Perthshire in Parliament. He said:

“I was really pleased to be able to host this event to highlight the Perth City of Culture bid at Westminster. It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to present the best of Perthshire musical talent and to hear from those behind the bid.”

“I am certain that the strength and quality of the Perth bid was heard loudly and clearly in Westminster and I look forward to continuing to work with all those involved to see Perth attract this important accolade.”

Provost Liz Grant added: “It was wonderful to see the breadth of support for Perth’s bid here at Westminster as well as the tremendous response we’ve had from our own communities. We’ve seen how investment in culture can transform large, former industrial cities – that is now mainstream. On Tuesday we were able to present a new vision: to use culture to tackle the challenges facing the 30 million people in the UK who do not live in large cities.”

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