Debbi Lander joins bid to secure City of Culture 2025

Debbi Lander, an internationally renowned cultural producer and experienced director, has been appointed to help Lancashire secure UK City of Culture 2025 status.

Her previous projects include creating the UK's largest programme of regional events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in North West England. She delivered WE PLAY, the North West’s £10.2m cultural legacy programme for London 2012, and the London 2012 closing celebration at Preston Guild in 2012.

As an advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts, she is a founding director of pioneer digital performance collectives, shinkansen (1989) and Future Physical (2000) and in 2019, she joined the board of Abandon Normal Devices, the AND Festival of art, new cinema and digital culture. Debbi was the CEO/Artistic Director of Forma Arts and Media in London until September 2018.

Tony Attard, chair of Marketing Lancashire, said: "We’re delighted to have secured Debbi as bid director for Lancashire’s City of Culture bid. Her reputation for creating ground-breaking and engaging programmes that fully embrace innovative technology, shares our vision and will ensure that Lancashire’s bid leads the way in the competition for the DCMS award in 2025."

Debbi has a reputation for creating ground-breaking and engaging programmes that fully embrace innovative technology.

The formal call for applications for UK City of Culture 2025 is expected to be announced in November this year, with initial bids due to be submitted early in 2020. The recruitment process for the bid director was undertaken in partnership with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lancashire County Council.

Next steps will focus on in-depth consultation with key stakeholders across the county, building on the scoping work by cultural expert Andrew Dixon.