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A video telling the country why Medway should be the UK City of Culture in 2025 has premiered.

In a special event on KMTV, co-chair of the bid's board of trustees Jatin Patel was joined by other members of the team behind the project to share more information on the ambitious plans.

The video premiered on KMTV. Credit: Medway 2025

After the two-minute bid video was shown, Jatin and co-chair of the Medway 2025 Youth Engagement Working Group Maddie Springett discussed what they're bringing to the table.

Malachi Wilson, member of hip hop group CaGeNation who also appeared in the release video, bid director Imogen Robertson, owner of Jerk Café, Dee Campbell, and ex-dockyard apprentice, John De Rose, spoke about what winning the prestigious title would mean for Medway and Kent as a whole.

Bidding for the the UK City of Culture 2025 is expected to start later this year, with submission and judging processes expected to take place over the course of 2021 and 2022.

Jatin Patel. Picture: Medway 2025
Jatin Patel. Picture: Medway 2025

Run by the Department for Culture every four years, the competition aims to create a national year-long cultural event focussed on a particular area or city.

Medway is bidding to follow in the footsteps of 2013 winners Derry-Londonderry, Hull, which won in 2017 and Coventry, the reigning champions, to host the South East's first City of Culture year.

The programme encourages the use of culture and creativity to promote the development of new partnerships, and to encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity to drive regeneration and leave a lasting legacy.

The Towns' likely competitors are set to be Southampton, Bradford and Lancashire – although this won't be confirmed until later this year when the competition is officially announced.

Maddie Springett, student engagement officer at Mid-Kent College and co-chair of the Medway 2025 Youth Engagement Working Group. Picture: Medway 2025
Maddie Springett, student engagement officer at Mid-Kent College and co-chair of the Medway 2025 Youth Engagement Working Group. Picture: Medway 2025

Medway Council provided initial funding to develop the capacity to bid, but support-in-kind from other stakeholder organisations across the area including University of Kent has also been received.

The bid will be judged by an independent panel of judges.

To find out more visit its website.

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