Hull wins National Lottery award
City of Culture voted best arts project
Hull has been voted Best Arts Project in the National Lottery awards for its year as City of Culture.
The National Lottery said the city's programme attracted 5.3m people to more than 2,800 events, cultural activities, installations and exhibitions during its culture year in 2017. There were more than 700 entries in the awards competition, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize and a National Lottery Awards trophy.
Katy Fuller, creative director and CEO of Hull 2017, who now runs legacy organisation Absolutely Cultured, said: "This news is incredible, not only for us here at Absolutely Cultured but for the entire city and everyone who was involved in making Hull's year as UK City of Culture such a tremendous success.
"This National Lottery Award is for the city of Hull and we would like to say a huge thank you."
Former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston announced the award at a meeting with Hull’s "blue coat" volunteers who helped organise the events last year. Mr Ecclestone said "I think Hull used the City of Culture exactly as it should be used, to express what was original and vital about this wonderful city."
Hull City Council have said that the City of Culture has generated more than £1bn of investment in the city.
A special BBC One programme on the awards is to be broadcast on 26 September.