Here is my finished version of my news story on the Hull City of Culture. I have managed to fit in three different quotes and my word count is 446.
I found it interesting to write, and after reading through it several times and changing it, I am happy with how it has turned out in the end.
All I need to do now is pop in to Hull City Centre to take a photo for my story.
City of Culture, what now?
On the 20th November, Hull was announced the second ever City of Culture, beating Leicester, Swansea Bay and Dundee to the title. Over 16,000 people supported the bid, but now we have succeeded, what happens next?
The City of Culture award aims to help tourism and the economy, leaving a lasting legacy for the chosen city. Councillor Stephen Brady, Hull City Council leader, said ‘it has given Hull a platform to tell the World what this great city has to offer’, and we certainly have plenty to offer.
With a £60 million boost to the local economy, and help from the Hull 2017 Angels- 20 local businesses who have each pledged £17,000, Hull has a huge range of events planned ready for 2017. This includes an extravagant opening ceremony which will feature theatrical elephants, four ‘rivers’ of light and our trademark white telephone boxes.
Renovations are also planned ahead of 2017, including plans for the Fruit Market and Queen’s Gardens, which will ‘reinvigorate plans to update neglected and run down areas’. This will be made easier to complete if the city secures £3 million of extra funding from the Arts Council, which Hull is now eligible for after winning the title. Campaigns are also underway to restore the Wilberforce Monument.
A £12 million line-up of over 1500 events will take place in 2017, including 12 artist residencies throughout the year and 25 different festivals. One such festival is the annual Freedom Festival, for which an aerial show will take place, the theme being Larkin’s poem named ‘What will survive of us is love’.
15 national and international commissions have been confirmed, as well as eight major community participation projects. A Stadium Light and Sound concert is also in the line up, produced by Durham Marenghi, a World famous light designer who worked on the London Olympic stadium. This will, as Andrew Dixon, Bid Advisor, says ‘put Hull on an international map’.
The title is hoped to change perceptions of Hull forever, as Diana Johnson- Hull North MP, has asked culture secretary Maria Miller to help bring huge events such as the Brit Awards and the Man Booker Prize to the city. Londonderry, 2013’s City of Culture- whose visitor numbers have doubled this year, has hosted several large events, BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend and the Turner Prize to name a few, so Hull could be looking forward to hosting the same high profile events in 2017.
According to Councillor Steven Bayes a special free event will take place in the New Year to celebrate the achievement, as a thank you to those who supported the bid.
For more information visit: http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/2017hull