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News Release – Issued by City of York Council

Support York’s bid to be a UNESCO City of Media Arts

A new website has been launched today where people can back City of York Council’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Media Arts, at

On 20 March 2014, York will submit a bid to become a UNESCO City of Media Arts and join the global Creative Cities Network.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “York’s bid follows a period of consultation with the many practitioners and cultural bodies involved in York's thriving Digital and Media Arts economy.These include the world-class talent and organisations behind flagship festivals such as Illuminating York and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and institutions such as Science City York that support them. I’m also delighted that our bid i s accompanied by formal endorsement from existing member cities of the Creative Cities Network."

Councillor James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “Winning this designationwould put York in the international spotlight as a key destination for creative firms and practitioners to operate and do business with. It will serve as a catalyst for new investment, connections, exchanges and ideas being shared with York from across the globe.I’d urge everyone interested in York’s futureto go to andback this bid.”

This new website aims to celebrate York’s media arts experiences, its creators and participants, and will give a forum for those who live, work and study in the city to show their support for the bid. It also gives people a chance to become part of the project by sharing what makes the city so special, be it an event, a person, an experience or a new initiative.

The website also reveals more about York’s main digital credentials through an accompanying video, and can help keep visitors up-to-date with the latest news from the city’s thriving creative industries.

The conversation can also be found via the official Twitter account @mediacityyork


Notes to Editors

The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

· Create jobs and grow the economy

· Get York moving

· Build strong communities

· Protect vulnerable people

· Protect the environment

The leader of the council is Councillor James Alexander, with portfolio including Policy, Strategy & Partnerships and Economic Development & Regeneration on 07729 980229 / 07711 238741

The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931

For further information please contact:

Megan Rule

Communications Officer

City of York Council

Tel: 01904 552017

Fax: 01904 551064

Mob/out of hours: 07767318082