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The East Kent UK City of Culture 2017 bid represents the five districts of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet - and will build upon the significant national and international reputation that has been achieved for East Kent in the past few years.

We may not be a city in the conventional sense, but through the bid we will subvert traditional notions of what a city is or is not, using creativity as a key to forging connections and unlocking growth in an area of booming cultural renaissance.

Following the submission of our initial expression of interest in late February, we have been invited to submit a first phase bid by April 30th 2013. If shortlisted, we will be invited to submit a full bid by the end of September - with the final winner declared in Derry-Londonderry at the close of 2013.

Help us - back the bid
There are lots of ways you can get involved and help us win the UK City of Culture title

Twitter - Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #EKculture2017 – tweet us your support. Be part of the campaign army and show your support by following the official Twitter account @ekent2017. Tweet about the bid and encourage others to spread the word.

Facebook - Like the official Facebook page East Kent 2017. Send us messages, images, ideas and ways in which you are backing the bid.

Email - Download the official email signature and help us spread the word.

Website - visit eastkentbid2017.co.uk and download the marketing toolkit from the 'Get Involved' section and show your support by displaying a banner on your homepage.

Newsletter - Include details of the East Kent UK City of Culture bid in your next newsletter with links to the website eastkent2017.co.uk, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Posters & Badges - show your support for the bid by displaying a poster or badge on your community noticeboard or in your window.

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Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Thu 18 Apr 2013