No, this isn’t April 1st. Hastings and Bexhill have formally applied to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2017.
But, joking aside, why shouldn’t this area become the official UK City of Culture? Yes, I know that technically neither Hastings or Bexhill are a city. But then neither are several of the other 10 entries cities either.
Culture: (Noun) “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” – Definition from Oxford Dictionaries.
Just think of the wealth of artistic talent that we have in this area, across the whole spectrum of the arts, not just music. And also don’t forget the many different ways that we express and celebrate those arts here as well.
How many other towns of our size has so many varied festivals celebrating different aspects of art, or culture. Let’s not forget that culture can also mean “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”. Sounds like ‘Jack in the Green’ doesn’t it?
I’m sure that many local people’s initial reaction to this news was along the lines of “Hastings, City of Culture, you’re having a laugh…” But, the more you think about it and the more you start to realise just how qualified the Hastings and Bexhill area is to be that UK City of Culture in 2017, the next time the accolade is awarded by the way, the more you start to think “Why not?”
So, let’s get behind this bid and help tell the rest of the world just what a great area this is for arts and culture.
For more info about the bid and the other candidates, here’s a piece from the Hastings Observer website: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/hastings-to-bid-to-become-capital-of-culture-1-4853342