Glasgow has today been announced as the no.1 cultural and creative centre in the UK. The European Commission (EC) conducted a study that ranked 190 cities in 30 European countries on various factors. Following in the top five were London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, with Edinburgh just missing out in sixth place.

The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.”

The EC highlighted that Glasgow’s museums have more visitors than in any UK city outside London, as well as the fact that eight Turner Prize winners have been born, trained or worked in Glasgow in recent years with the Tramway Theatre hosting the event itself in 2015.

Glasgow came first for “openness, tolerance and trust” and “cultural participation and attractiveness”. All of these factors combined with the city’s reputation for “Cultural vibrancy”, “creative economy”, and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account.

Sandra White MSP is the representative for the City Centre and West End of Glasgow, in turn making her the representative for the majority of cultural centres (museums, venues, universities) in the Glasgow. As such, Sandra lodged a motion in The Scottish Parliament to highlight this considerable achievement.

The motion reads as follows:

Motion Number: S5M-19773
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 07/11/2019

Title: Glasgow Tops Cultural and Creative Report

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019 report from the European Commission, which names Glasgow as the UK’s top cultural and creative city; notes that it looked at 190 cities from across 30 European countries and ranked 29 different aspects of each city’s cultural health, including cultural vibrancy, creative economy and ability to attract creative talent and stimulate cultural engagement; understands that the report named Glasgow as Europe’s leader for openness, tolerance and trust and stated that, although it is considered an industrial city, Glasgow, “was one of the first European Capitals of Culture… [and] has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance”; believes that there are huge diverse creative and cultural opportunities across the city and that Glaswegians have made an enormous contribution to help prove that “People Make Glasgow”, and commends everyone involved in working to ensure that Glasgow is a leading cultural and creative city.

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