'Why I'm backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid' - Mark Ingrouille
Plymouth is bidding to be named UK City of Culture 2017. We are asking the people of the city to speak up to support the move. Today Mark Ingrouille, chief executive of QI Brand Communications, lends his support to the campaign.
Our geography has added to our insularity. Yet that very insularity has provided us with a catalyst to be a very different City of Culture. Because we have had to learn to be more self-reliant and develop our own approach to cultural activities, the richness and diversity of Plymouth culture is unique.And now, more than ever is the time to shout our cultural prowess to the world.
We have a window, up until the Mayflower anniversary in 2020, to reposition and reinvigorate our city. Winning the City of Culture bid would be a major stepping stone on the road to becoming both perceptually and in reality Britain's Ocean City.I have just returned to the city after living abroad for 25 years. I was involved in the London 2012 bid and more recently the bid for Singapore to win the Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Drawing parallels with those two bids, I see Plymouth as having more powerful, more intrinsic and more compelling claims to becoming the City of Culture than either of those two cities had in their bids.Most importantly, as proven by the legacies in other cities that have won City of Culture bids, winning this would have long-lasting benefits for our whole society.