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Beating Dundee, Swansea Bay and Leicester to the title, Hull's bid promises £15million of cultural events for the city.
Following from Derry-Londonderry as UK City of Culture 2013, Hull was declared the winner by an independent panel of judges. The announcement is hoped to bring huge economic benefits to the city: for every £1 spent, the City of Culture is expected to generate a further £5.
The announcement was made in Westminster by Culture Secretary Maria Miller: "This is brilliant news for Hull and everyone involved in the bid there," she said.
"This year's UK city of culture, Derry-Londonderry, demonstrates the huge benefits that the title brings. These include encouraging economic growth, inspiring social change and bringing communities together.
"It can produce a wonderful mix of inward investment, and civic pride and I hope Hull's plans will make the most of all that being UK city of culture can bring."
The Royal Opera House offered their congratulations on Twitter, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who are working in partnership with the city in the lead up to 2017. Hull now have three years to develop their plans for the year of celebrations.