Culture city bid cost £50k
The failed East Kent City of Culture bid cost the taxpayer £50,000, with five councils in the area sharing the bill between them.
Organisers say the money was a good investment and lessons were learned.
They have also spoken of an artistic dividend for the county.
Details of how the bid was funded were released to the KM Group following a Freedom of Information request.
It shows that £22,000 was spent on project management; £6,500 on web design and social media; £8,000 on writing the bid; and £1,000 on artists’ fees.
Other costs included £1,325 for a “teaser video production”; £2,500 to transport and insure artwork; and £1,175 for travel and subsistence.
The councils that shared the costs were Ashford, Shepway, Dover, Thanet and Canterbury.
KCC said: “The benefits of the bidding exercise will include substantial positive regional, national and international media exposure for east Kent.”
It added that the bid had helped foster “an enhanced spirit of cooperation and collaboration” within the cultural sector.
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