UK City of Culture #Medway2025

Medway is on an exciting journey bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2025.

Our bid is being shaped by people across Medway’s towns, villages and peninsula and we invite everyone of all ages and backgrounds to get involved.

We want to invite the rest of the country to join us in a spectacular year-long cultural programme that will shine a light on Medway’s personality and stories.

What is UK City of Culture?

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government every four years to create a national year-long cultural event focussed on a particular area or city. It is assessed by an independent panel of judges.

Medway is bidding to follow in the footsteps of Derry-Londonderry (2013), Hull (2017) and Coventry (2021) 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.  

How can visitors find out more and support the bid?

To find out more about #Medway2025 and how individuals, attractions and businesses can get involved and share their ideas and stories, visit the bid website.

Please follow the bid on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @Medway2025 or connect with the team on LinkedIn. Share news and help spread the word using #Medway2025 across social media. 

Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council

"Hosting in 2025 would be a real game-changer for Medway, giving young people a key role within our cultural life as well as creating a legacy of opportunities for local people and bringing significant economic benefits to the area.

"The bid is being shaped by Medway’s people, businesses, and organisations with over 450 local people of all ages already involved to date. Our community came together so well during the pandemic and I see the bid as a beacon in Medway’s recovery.

"It’s time to show the country what a wonderful place Medway is."