Why I'm backing Plymouth's City of Culture bid: Pippa Waller
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 Pippa Waller, organiser of the Mutley Greenbank Freedom Festival, lends her support to the campaign.
I have the artistic prowess of a pillar of concrete and knowledge of art to match. I am however backing this bid as in addition to bringing a year of colour and creativity to Plymouth it will also give us all a national stage from which we can really show the world and potential investors what a creative and proactive community Plymouth is.
We are a vibrant and active community. Lord Mayor's Day, St George's Day, the Respect Festival, the Mela, Mutley Greenbank Festival, Grassendale Festival, the National Fireworks Championships…the list goes on. Plymouth is actually already really good at this. City of Culture status will allow us to celebrate these activities and more with not just the UK but the world and bring more tourism into a city that is stuffed with history and surrounded by a unique natural landscape.
My economic knowledge matches my artistic capabilities, but you only need to look how Derry-Londonderry has embraced their cultural status and the benefits they have reaped.In addition to a solid infrastructure and connections, a city needs a vibrant and forward-thinking workforce to appeal to future employers.
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Derry's year of culture has attracted considerable sponsorship and on-going investment from some of big hitters like BT, DuPont, Fujitsu et al – so yes! Let's make it happen for Plymouth!