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Glasgow named cultural and creative centre of UK

Photo: Glasgow City Chambers © Historic Glasgow

Glasgow has been listed as the top cultural and creative centre in the UK in a recent “Cultural and creative cities monitor” published by the European Commission. Following in the top five were London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, with Edinburgh just missing out in sixth place. Glasgow came first for "openness, tolerance and trust" and "cultural participation and attractiveness".

"Cultural vibrancy", "creative economy", and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account. The report said: "Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known widely as a Victorian industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance." Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK.

Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of Scotland's six national performing arts companies: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; National Theatre of Scotland; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. The council said that Glasgow's museums have more visitors than in any UK city outside London. Eight Turner Prize winners have been born, trained or worked out of Glasgow in recent years, and the city's Tramway hosted the event in 2015.

Bridget McConnell from Glasgow Life, the organisation that delivers cultural and sports events for Glasgow City Council, said: "We always knew Glasgow was a global cultural leader and we're delighted that the European Commission has confirmed our position of the UK's leading cultural and creative city. Glasgow is a city bursting with energy, passion and creativity and filled with artists, designers, creators and innovators. 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. What's more, our openness, tolerance and trust has been rated as the best in Europe, confirming what we already know, that our people make Glasgow the best city in the world."

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