Hull 2017 is delivering a 'cultural blueprint' for the North, says Rosie Millard

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Mar 2017

Hull is delivering a "cultural blueprint" for the rest of the North, according to 2017 chairman Rosie Millard.

Speaking at a conference on regional devolution at the Guildhall, she said Hull's experience as the current UK City of Culture could be an example others.

She said the key feature of the 2017 programme had been getting people from all walks of life involved in it.

"It is all about participation and that has been absolutely crucial in making sure the City of Culture here a success," she said.

"When I saw 3,000 heads in Queen Victoria Square as dusk fell on the first night of Made in Hull waiting for the show to start I just knew then it was going to work.

"People were standing there participating in their own history being told by a team of world-class artists."

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The broadcaster and journalist said Hull's size as a city had also helped 2017 relate to its residents.

"Hull is a very modest city," she said.

"It hasn't got the grand dominant Victorian buildings of Manchester or the Pierhead in Liverpool or the grandeur of the old arcades in Leeds but that helps because it does allow it to be more fleet of foot and means it can re-invent itself very easily and effectively.

"Culture in Hull is also very much owned by local people. This is an example for other cities in the Northern Powerhouse to share because each Norther city has its part to play.

"There is a notion in the North about ownership of culture and I think that's true.

"Londoners do not feel the same ownership because places like the Tate are national institutions whereas people in Hull have a very special relationship with the Ferens Art Gallery.

"This ownership could be used to give the Northern Powerhouse increased cultural strength, building on that emotional connection and participation we are seeing in Hull right now as a blueprint for others."

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