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Birmingham Shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2013

BIRMINGHAM.- Birmingham has been shortlisted for the first UK City of Culture title in 2013 it was announced today. Birmingham’s bid is led by a multi million pound capital investment programme, designed to equip the city for the creative economy of the 21st century and will include a new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square; a new Creative Campus for Birmingham City University and a new wing for the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Plans for the programme for 2013, include an eight-week Autumn Festival with a series of international guest curators in collaboration with Birmingham’s key artistic producers; a blockbuster exhibition of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found and Culture on your Doorstep, inviting 1 million local residents to celebrate culture in their own neighbourhoods, the largest public engagement programme ever undertaken by a city. Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said today: