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Medway's 2025 UK City of Culture campaign invites youngsters to back the bid in a 'Love Medway' Valentine's Day competition


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Children have been asked to help Medway become the UK's 2025 City of Culture.

Youngsters aged up to 13 have been invited to create an eye-catching design to coincide with Valentine's Day to express the spirit of the Towns for display in their front windows.

A template for the design will be handed out by Medway schools and is available to download via the council's website. Picture: Medway 2025
A template for the design will be handed out by Medway schools and is available to download via the council's website. Picture: Medway 2025

Budding artists wishing to take part in the competition can download the design template here.

To enter, families can share a photo of their children's designs via Twitter, using the #BackMedway hashtag.

The three winning entrants will see their designs brought to life across the Towns on banners and installations supporting the bid.

They will also be available for sale on products such as t-shirts, coasters and notebooks via the Art Is For All website, which has partnered with Medway 2025 for the competition.

Profits will support Art Is For All's creative work with children in the area.

The campaign is part of Medway's 2025 City of Culture bid. Picture: Medway 2025
The campaign is part of Medway's 2025 City of Culture bid. Picture: Medway 2025

The competition is supported by local schools and the Medway Messenger.

Later this year, Medway will be submitting its UK City of Culture bid.

The ambitious project is being led by locals and backed by communities, residents, schools, and charities.

The campaign invites everyone who lives, works or studies in the area to support the plans to bring Medway's history and talent to life in a world-class creative and cultural programme.

Schools will also be supporting and distributing templates for children to work on over the half-term break.

Parents can enter their children's design by tweeting a picture with #BackMedway. Picture: Medway 2025
Parents can enter their children's design by tweeting a picture with #BackMedway. Picture: Medway 2025

Bid director Imogen Robertson said: "Over the last year the bid has worked with large numbers of children and young people to develop the themes and ambitions of Medway's bid.

"Our ambitious City of Culture 2025 plans put young people at the centre of imagining, developing and producing Medway's programme.

"In the year we submit our bid, the support of the whole area is vital. We want to invite children and their families across the area to back Medway and its future.

"We look forward to seeing the designs of all Medway's young supporters as part of the 'Love Medway' Valentine's Day competition."

Place manager for Medway and Place Board member, Virginie Giles, said: "The importance of Medway as a place to our young people, residents and businesses is essential.

"We all want Medway people to thrive and by raising our own ambitions and aspirations of Medway as a place, we will help create a place where future generations are transformed."

Full competition details and the design template can be found here.

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