Imagine a county positioning itself as a virtual city, with a bold new vision for culture, commerce and creative communities.
Back the Bid!
Lancashire 2025 is about the whole of Lancashire coming together as one county to champion a new vision, a new identity and make a new culture for a sustainable future.
Lancashire 2025 will be for everyone no matter what age, gender, race, sexuality, religion, or education. We will ensure people can access and engage with what we have to offer, regardless of financial or geographical restraints. Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our vision for Lancashire 2025.
Read about the Lancashire Day unveiling event here
'Lancashire is a hidden gem, we simply need to get it out of the jewellery box and wear it.'
Lubaina Himid CBE – Turner Prize Winner
Why Lancashire, Why Now?
Bidding for UK City of Culture 2025 is part of a long-term strategic plan for culture in Lancashire. The timing of 2025 is right – allowing us time to develop ambitious plans for the county and giving us the platform to showcase our offer nationally and internationally.
At a time when people feel politics is dividing communities – our visionary, collaborative approach to UK City of Culture 2025 brings together:
- 12 district councils, 2 unitary authorities, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
- The arts, education, health, environment, science and technology, tourism, private, voluntary, community and faith sectors
- Citizens, visitors, workers, students, communities, villages, towns and cities
And because Lancashire deserves better:
- Arts Council funding is significantly lower in Lancashire than in comparable counties and cities
- There is an inequality in terms of quantity and scale of major arts organisations in Lancashire
- People outside Lancashire do not see us as a county rich in arts and culture, but we know we have already impacted the world stage and will continue to do so in the future.
Lancashire 2025 will build stronger national and international connections and identity – making sure everyone remembers our past and knows we have an exciting cultural future.
We will use Lancashire 2025 to showcase and champion culture and creative activity across all artforms, all cultures and all places – and use it as a catalyst to significantly increase, improve and diversify the provision of culture across the county in future years.
We will use Lancashire 2025 to:
- Attract Investment
- Create Jobs
- Increase Pride for Residents
- Reduce Cultural and Economic Inequalities
- Increase Creativity
- Improve Health and Wellbeing for All
Lancashire 2025 exists to enhance the wellbeing of all people of the county and future generations, regardless of location, through a unique arts and culture eco-system.
Lancashire 2025 aims to produce an ambitious and inclusive cultural programme at county scale that can be woven together to integrate the urban, the coast and the countryside.
Lancashire 2025 is a virtual city of 1.5 million inhabitants that connects the identities of Lancashire to reshape a better, creative and more sustainable way of living in the UK.
The bid for Lancashire is supported by a strategic partnership between influential organisations whose resources and infrastructure will enable and inspire Lancashire to bring our creative vision to life. They recognise the potential for a county-wide cultural programme that will help establish and grow the public profile and enjoyment of our county as an arts and cultural destination.
Creative Lancashire, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Economic Partnership, Marketing Lancashire, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
We’re thankful for the support of all our Local Authorities:
Burnley Council, Chorley Council, Fylde Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancaster City Council, Pendle Borough Council, Preston City Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Rossendale Borough Council, South Ribble Borough Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, Wyre Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council.
As well as the arts, cultural and educational organisations that have participated in our discussions and development of a vision for Lancashire.