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Glasgow Has Been Named the UK's Top Cultural and Creative City

We already knew it in our hearts, but how nice it is for the rest of the world to know too!


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Glasgow was crowned as the UK's top cultural and creative city as part of a landmark report by the European Commission released this morning, sitting ahead of London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester who make up the rest of the top five. Edinburgh just missed out, placing sixth, and the next Scottish city ranked was Dundee which came twelth.

Glasgow was also ranked as Europe's leader for 'openness, tolerance and trust' and 'cultural participation and attractiveness'.

The report states: '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 2019 study looks at 190 cities from across 30 European countries and ranks various aspects of a city's cultural health, including its cultural vibrancy, creative economy and ability to attract creative talent and stimulate cultural engagement.

Glasgow is home to more than 100 cultural organisations and five of Scotland's six internationally renowned national performing arts companies, as well as excellent music venues, galleries, and museums which are visited by more people than any other UK city outside of London. The city's year-round calendar of cultural events, including the annual Glasgow International Comedy Festival, also received credit for the exciting title.

Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, the Chair of Glasgow Life, said 'Glasgow is a city bursting with energy, passion and creativity and filled with artists, designers, creators and innivators. We have world-class museums and galleries, incredible architecture and history and as a UNESCO City of Music, there's nowhere better to enjoy a gig. A focus for the performing arts and a hub for the creative industries, it's no wonder that we've come out top of the ranking.'

Have a look at the study here.

Cheers to that!