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UK City of Culture 2021: The contenders

UK City of Culture 2021: The contenders
From BBC - December 7, 2017

The UK's next City of Culture will be named later, with Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea all in the running.

The winner will be named on BBC One's The One Show from 19:00 GMT and will have the honour for 2021.

The title is awarded every four years and the chosen place will hope to emulate the success of Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year.

This year is estimated to have boosted Hull's economy by 60m.

Find out more about the 2021 contenders:

Coventry

Famous sons and daughters

It's the birthplace of Philip Larkin, one of England's finest poets, electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and best-selling author Lee Child. It's also the home of the Two Tone ska movement through bands like The Specials and The Selecter.

Cultural claims to fame

Venues would include Warwick Arts Centre, the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Belgrade Theatre, which launched the Theatre In Education movement in 1965. It's also the home of the UK's first Shop Front Theatre and boasts the UK's largest free family music festival with the Coventry Godiva Festival.

Paisley

Famous sons and daughters

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant and Hollywood actor Gerard Butler grew up in this Renfrewshire town, while singer Paolo Nutini's dad runs a fish and chip cafe there. It was also home to Gerry Rafferty, known for his hit Baker Street.

Cultural claims to fame

Paisley is most famous for the Paisley print - the intricate, colourful designs that were popularised in the psychedelic 1960s. There are plans for Paisley Museum to have a 42m revamp to make it a world-class museum of textiles. It's also home to Pace, which is billed as the UK's largest youth theatre group, and the British Pipe Band Championship.

Stoke-on-Trent

Famous sons and daughters

There's pottery pioneer Josiah Wedgwood and his son Thomas, who was one of the fathers of photography. Pop star Robbie Williams, Slash from Guns N' Roses and Lemmy from Motorhead all hail from Stoke. As did Jackie Trent, who wrote the Neighbours theme tune (among other songs).

Sunderland

Swansea

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