Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Our Bid Is the Best

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Our Bid Is the Best

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Byline: By Loiuse Redvers & Simon Armstrong

Mammoth effort makes us a top contender

Since the Chronicle launched its Culture Vulture Club at the beginning of last year a mammoth effort from local people and those spearheading Newcastle Gateshead's bid has ensured we are one of the leading contenders for the title.

Here we have recorded the highlights of our campaign to win the fiercely fought competition which will be decided in June when the winning city is announced.

NPlans for a joint Newcastle Gateshead effort were first revealed as long ago as October 1998.

NOur Culture Vulture Club was kicked off in January 2002 by TV star Denise Welch and dozens of celebrities including Jonathan Edwards.

NTwo months later, a giant version of our Culture Vulture logo was beamed across the River Tyne by a giant laser onto the 40ft wall of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

NJust days later, six talented young Chronicle Cultures Vultures - Ami Tang, Sam Valentine, Craig Granville, Mark Christie, Stephen Miller and Nikita Asher - travelled to London to deliver the bid to the Department of Culture.

NThe magnificent pounds 46 million Baltic opened to acclaim in July.

NIts groundbreaking exhibitions like Cobra and Oyvind Fahlstrom prove we are on an even footing with London institutions like the Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

NAlong with the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which inched its way up the Tyne in late 2001, the Baltic symbolises the rebirth of the area.

NIn August the Capital of Culture judges were impressed when they visited Newcastle Gateshead for the first time.

NThe `Blinking Eye' bridge went on to scoop the prestigious pounds 20,000 Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

NAnd in October, the Newcastle Gateshead bid was named on the final shortlist as the competing bids were whittled down from 12 to six. The other five cities in the final are Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Cardiff and Oxford.

NLast year also saw the announcement that the Tall Ships Race was coming back to Tyneside in 2005 and the opening of The Biscuit Factory, Britain's biggest original art store. …

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