Why I'm backing the City of Culture bid: Steve Clement-Large
THERE is no doubt that Plymouth can win the bid.
Plymouth has a good recent track record – the America's Cup and the British Art Show came to town just two years go.
And remember there was a real buzz around the city when those two coincided for an all too brief time. Imagine then what it will be like if we win 2017. A whole year of cultural creativity.
And what is culture? My favourite succinct definition comes from Brian Eno: "For me culture is everything you don't have to do – eating isn't culture, cuisine is. Clothing isn't culture, fashion is."
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There are sceptics, but if some of those took time to have a look at the Derry-Londonderry website and social media and see what has already gone on and what's still to happen it might just change their minds.
However, enough of the doubters. We have a fantastic opportunity to fight for, and to me it's the opportunity for Plymothians to create something lasting at the grassroots. Partnerships and collaborations that we haven't even thought of as yet. A chance to make Plymouth a cultural hub for the wider South West – as is happening in Northern Ireland at this very moment.
It is not just about being given things to attend, to look at and admire, but for all of us to produce and participate in, the happenings and excitement that we want to see.
The big challenge for the community as a whole is to step up and get on and do things, not to sit back and have it done to us.
It's our bid – support it.