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People enjoying a holiday in holiday cottages in Devon this summer are more than likely to visit the city of Plymouth, a vibrant and exciting urban area that also manages to hang on to the relaxing atmosphere of being by the sea. There may soon be even more reason to head to Plymouth soon as the city is applying to be the next UK City of Culture.

Plymouth officials met with Jeremy Hunt, the Culture secretary, this week to discuss Plymouth’s bid for the title. The City of Culture prize began after Liverpool was successful as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The Department of Culture in the UK decided to have a similar award for cities just in our country, and Derry will be the first UK City of Culture in 2013.

Plymouth is currently bidding to be the City of Culture for 2017, and could potentially host prestigious award ceremonies in that year, including the Turner Prize, Man Booker Prize and the Brit Awards.

With lively cultural hotspots at the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe, and the strong presence of Plymouth College of Art in the city, its bid for 2017 certainly looks to be a strong one.