Sunderland’s cultural journey continues



Wearmouth bridge in Sunderland – Photo by: Gloria Kong

People in Sunderland are determined that Sunderland will always be their City of Culture after the Wearside city missed out on being the UK’s City of Culture 2021, last night, December 7.

Coventry was announced as the winner of the City of Culture title by Arts and Culture Minister, John Glen, on BBC One’s The One Show. The crowds in Sunderland were disappointed but now everyone is determined on going through with the city’s cultural mission.

The years coming ahead should see a lot of investments and works in Sunderland’s cultural side. The innovations the city will see are mainly in the Music and Arts sectors.

Two new Wearside venues are set to see works and improvements, the Old Fire Station and an auditorium.

This new era of culture, will also be featuring some developments in the upcoming years in some of the existing gems in Sunderland such as the Empire Theatre, The Peacock and The Dun Cow pubs.

The main focus in the years to come will be to celebrate Sunderland’s cultural heritage and setting new improvements for the future.

Sunderland – St. Peter’s church – Photo by: Gloria Kong

The University of Sunderland has already started making cultural connections and aiding students in widening their horizons as they welcomed BBC Newcastle to team up with their mediaHUB.

Doug Morris, managing editor at BBC Newcastle, said: “Sunderland has always been a part of our output but to have a presence back physically in the city, is a very significant thing for us.

“We were looking for an opportunity to get back into Sunderland, so when we found that this was something the university were thinking about as well, it was just a great opportunity to get a BBC presence back in one of the three cities that we cover. “

The BBC team is using the mediaHUB, which is allocated in the University’s Media Centre and is considered the home of journalism and media students.

This morning, December 8, BBC Newcastle are supporting Sunderland by broadcasting their renowned Breakfast show with Alfie Joey and Anna Foster from the University of Sunderland’s studios.

People in Sunderland are now asked to back their city up and get behind its projects, as Sunderland will always be our City of Culture.

Lighthouse on Roker Pier – Photo by: Hannah Boozer

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