Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West, yesterday hosted Swansea Council, Peers and other MPs to back Swansea’s bid to be crowned City of Culture 2021.
The reception was held in Parliament, and saw musical performances from 23-year-old Swansea-born pianist and composer Ify Iwobi, a 2016 young Welsh musician of the year; as well as the backing of artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the world-famous sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The event was opened by Geraint Davies and saw speeches from Rob Stewart, leader of Swansea Council, and Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales.
Geraint Davies said, “Swansea Bay is a global brand thanks to both our football success and as the birthplace of Wales’ most famous poet, Dylan Thomas. We boast a world class coastline, two universities and a hall of fame, from Anthony Hopkins to Michael Sheen, and Catherine Zeta-Jones to Katherine Jenkins.
“Swansea and South West Wales is one of the poorest regions in Europe, and would be given a rocket boost to further cultural success from being crowned UK City of Culture.
“I was delighted to welcome representatives from Swansea to showcase our bid to Parliamentarians, ahead of the judges’ decision next month. I will continue to campaign in Parliament for recognition of Swansea’s rich cultural history, and I hope that this recognition will take the form of being crowned UK City of Culture 2021.”