Aberdeen’s City of Culture bid for 2025 scrapped to save £250,000 from budget

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Councillors have agreed to scrap a bid to make Aberdeen the UK City of Culture in 2025.

Leading councillors from the Labour, Conservative and SNP groups had all previously said they would back a move to apply for the accolade.

However the administration’s budget, which was backed yesterday, saw the bid scrapped and instead the local authority committed to spend £250,000 to bid for UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) membership.

This should make a saving of £250,000 as £500,000 was originally ringfenced for the UK City of Culture bid.

In his budget speech, co-leader of the council Douglas Lumsden said the bid would give the city an “international platform”.

He added: “Having considered a UK City of Culture bid, we view the UNESCO membership to be a more efficient and effective route to go down.”

The UCCN is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote co-operation among cities which recognised creativity as a major factor in their urban development.

There are currently 180 members from 72 countries including Barcelona, Liverpool and Singapore.