City of Culture 2017 winner announced on November 20
WEDNESDAY, November 20 is C-Day — the day the winner of the City of Culture 2017 is announced.
Swansea Bay — which includes Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot — is in the final four to win the title, where it is battling against Dundee, Hull and Leicester.
It has been estimated that landing the cultural crown could be worth as much as £70million to the region.
The four hopefuls have submitted their bids to judges and now have to give final presentations to the panel — Swansea Bay are the last to give their presentation on Friday, November 15.
The winner will be announced the following Wednesday in Derry / Londonderry, the current holder of the title.
A spokeswoman for the bid team said: “In preparing our bid we have gone to great lengths to include the views of the people of Swansea Bay via our Cwtch The Bid campaign.
“The ideas and level of creativity have been outstanding and we’re looking forward to sharing these with the panel during our presentation.
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the bid so far and what we really need now is for that support to continue. We urge everyone to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to show the panel how much we, the people of Swansea Bay, want this.
“So come on, let’s get the panel ‘cwtching the bid’!”
A host of events have already been pencilled in if Swansea Bay wins the title, ranging from surfing and music festivals to a major programme of theatre performances, lectures and workshops from world leaders in the arts, entertainment and science, international rugby matches, history projects and hosting the globally-famous Turner art prize.
The bid has received the backing of a wide range of famous faces and organisations, from Hollywood A-lister Michael Sheen to Swansea City and the Ospreys, Tomos Watkins brewers and Joe’s Ice Cream.