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VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead welcomes Dundee City of Culture nomination

Press Release   •   Jun 19, 2013 00:00 BST

Welcoming the announcement that Dundee has been shortlisted for the 2017 City of Culture shortlist, Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive said:

“The announcement today that Dundee has been shortlisted by DCMS for the 2017 UK City of Culture is fantastic news for both the city and for Scotland. To have reached this stage, in what is a highly competitive process is testament to the hard work of the team and their dedication to the strong cultural offering of the city.

“Dundee is a city, which has invested in cultural-led urban renewal, with the new V&A in particular already attracting significant interest from across the cultural sector. The city has a strong cultural reputation with a number of great organisations and partnerships delivering some hugely exciting projects, events and festivals.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and in 2014 we will welcome the world through the Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Homecoming. We are proud to boast many creative hubs in our cities as we have a wealth of cultural talent and a world-class portfolio of events.

“Dundee will undoubtedly maximise the impact of the UK City of Culture title to further develop the arts both within the city and across the country as a whole. Competition for such a prestigious award is fierce, but the city has much to offer and we wish the team the best of luck ahead of the final decision.”


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