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The Alternative City of Culture 2017

Southend is now the Alternative City of Culture, or ACC17.

In 2012, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council bid for Southend to become the City of Culture 2017.

Unfortunately we did not make the shortlist and Hull was announced as the City of Culture 2017 back in winter 2013.

Undeterred, the former Mayor of Southend, Sally Carr, David Stanley of the Music Man Project (Southend Mencap) Wendy Headford of the Master Performing Arts College, Gary Lowen of the Southend Carnival Committee as well as local artists/community groups decided that Southend would become the Alternative City of Culture 2017.

In 2017, Southend is aiming to be the southern cultural heartland of the UK where the expanse of talent will be showcased on a local, national and international level. There will be a 12-month programme of events covering a range of different themes such as acting/performance, fashion and great design, art and photography, book festival, film, food and drink, singing, carnival, sport and many more.

With a calendar of events coming up including Southend’s Got Talent Contest, Food and Drink Fayre, Film Festival, Fashion and Great Designs Show at Prittlewell Hall and Music Weekend in Priory Park, Southend is the number one city for culture.