York receives international recognition for cultural vibrancy

York has been listed 1st in the UK for cultural vibrancy by the European Commission’s cultural and creative cities monitor, in the medium city category.


The Commission’s cultural and creative cities monitor takes into account the number and variety of cultural venues in a city, as well as participation levels, the number of jobs held in the creative sectors and city governance.

The latest ranking’s put York 7th in the list of cities, in the EU, with 100,000 – 250,000 inhabitants, ranking York above cities such as Bruges, Granada and Maastricht for cultural vibrancy.

The Liberal Democrats have continued to champion York’s rich and vibrant cultural offer, with investment secured in the cities libraries, the Community Stadium, Residents Festivals, the creative industries and much more.


Cllr Darryl Smalley, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, commented:

“York is home to so many extraordinary and creative people, all of whom make this city such a vibrant place for culture and creativity, and I would like to give a massive thank you to all the residents and organisations across the city who contributed to this wonderful achievement!”

“We will continue to ensure York’s rich cultural offer continues to flourish and benefit communities across the city.”

For more information on the European Commission’s cultural and creative cities monitor, please visit here: https://composite-indicators.jrc.ec.europa.eu/cultural-creative-cities-monitor/cultural-creative-cities 

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