Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council have been working together to develop a bid to become the UK’s nominated host city for the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Following the European Commission’s decision that the participation of the UK in the European Capital of Culture in 2023 will not be possible we met with representatives of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport along with the other four bidding cities. We were encouraged by their commitment to try and resolve this issue with the European Commission and agree on a clear way forward for the cities involved.