Glasgow overtakes London for culture as European Commission names Scottish city as cultural and creative capital of the UK

It once served as shipbuilder to the world – but these days there’s another strength that floats Glasgow’s boat.

The city has just been named as the cultural and creative capital of the UK by the European Commission.

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019 ranked 190 cities in 30 European countries on their ‘cultural vibrancy’, ‘creative economy’ and ability to attract creative talent. 

a body of water with a city in the background: Glasgow has been named as the cultural and creative capital of the UK by the European Commission© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Glasgow has been named as the cultural and creative capital of the UK by the European Commission

Glasgow was also hailed for its ‘openness, tolerance and trust’.

London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester round out the rest of the top five UK cultural cities. 

Glasgow is home to more than 100 cultural organisations. 

The council claims more people visit Glasgow’s museums each year than in any other UK city outside of London. 

a large white building: The council claims more people visit Glasgow's museums each year than in any other UK city outside of London. Pictured: The Riverside Museum in Glasgow© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The council claims more people visit Glasgow’s museums each year than in any other UK city outside of London. Pictured: The Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Eight Turner Prize winners have hailed from, trained in, or worked out of the city in recent years.

Bridget McConnell, of Glasgow Life, which runs cultural events for the city council, said: ‘We’re delighted the European Commission has confirmed our position of the UK’s leading cultural and creative city.

‘What’s more, our openness, tolerance and trust has been rated the best.’

Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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