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Cardiff congratulates Liverpool....     

London, 4 June 2003: Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell, today announced that the city of Liverpool has been awarded the title European Capital of Culture 2008.

Cardiff, as one of the six finalist cities in the running for the title, celebrated its role in the competition and the impetus that being shortlisted has given the city in the run up to its centenary celebrations in 2005. The Cardiff 2008 team offered its heartfelt congratulations to Liverpool in what has been widely acknowledged as a very close competition with strong entries from all contending cities.

Speaking on behalf of Cardiff 2008, Lynne Williams who was leading the city's bid, said:
"I would like to thank everyone who has supported Cardiff's bid, both in the city and throughout the whole of Wales. The competition has galvanised our communities and focused attention worldwide on the cultural and sporting strengths of Cardiff and Wales. "

She continued:
"Whilst Cardiff has not gained the ultimate prize, it is still on a cultural roll. The city is still accelerating its drive and ambition to become a truly European capital.

Cardiff has already gained enormous benefits and national recognition as one of the six finalists. As well as increased profile throughout the UK and internationally, Cardiff will benefit from being part of a £6 million 3 year tourism marketing campaign in Europe. As a European Centre of Culture Cardiff becomes an integral part of a European network of cultural cities, and will benefit from future international collaborations.

Cardiff will now demonstrate its cultural ambitions with a year long national celebration in 2005 when it celebrates its centenary and 50th anniversary as capital of Wales. Over the next few months the programme for 2005 will be firmed up. The 104 Wales-wide projects, born out of the bidding process, will now come to fruition over the next 18 months.

We are proud of reaching the final of Europe's most prestigious cultural competition and look forward to playing our part in the UK's celebration of culture in 2008. We will continue to build on the platform provided by the competition especially as we prepare for Cardiff's centenary in 2005."
Cardiff 2008  
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Rachel Hall/Margaret Flanagan
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