15 Ways You Can Back the Bid!

Posted in Blog on by Kat Boon
15 Ways You Can Back the Bid! Want to show your support to Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture 2021 bid? Now’s your chance. There’s lots of ways for you to get involved and shout about how fantastic the city is. Here are 15 ways to get you started…
1. Follow the bid on social media
Stay up to date with all the latest developments as we bid to win by following and liking the bid on social media. Find the bid on Twitter (@sot2021), Facebook (/sot2021) and Instagram (/sot2021). You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel.

2. Visit the website
Find out about the bid and why Stoke-on-Trent should be awarded City of Culture 2021 status at

3. Share on social media
Show your support and join in the conversation on social media by using #sot2021.

4. Add a Twibbon
Now you can show your support by getting your very own Twibbon badge to add to your Twitter profile photo. It’s really easy to do, just follow the instructions here.

5. Subscribe to receive the newsletter
Get regular updates on the progress of the bid by signing up at - make sure you tick the ‘City of Culture’ box in the drop down list. Got a positive news story that you’d like to be included? Email the bid team at

6. Take a photo with the pledge or selfie boards
Have you seen the selfie and pledge boards? They’ve been found at events and venues across the city. If you see them make sure you take a photo with them to show you’re backing the bid and share it on social media using #sot2021.

7. Send the team a feature or profile
The team want to include as many local cultural and creative businesses groups, organisations and individual artists as possible on the website and social media channels. They'd love for you to 'Make your Mark' on the bid by being included. Email details over to them at

8. Write a review or blog
Once you’ve been to event, you could write them a review and tell them what you thought about it. If you’ve got an interesting viewpoint about arts and culture within the city, try writing a blog piece. They would love to share them on the website and socail media channels. Email them at – don’t forget to include some high quality imagery.
9. Attend an event
Find something cultural to do on the What’s On section of the website here

10. Send them your photos and videos
If you’re at an event or taking part in a cultural project, don’t forget to send the bid team your photos and videos so that they can share them online. Use #sot2021 to join in the conversation on social media or email them at

11. Organise an event
If you’re putting together a culturally inspired event, let them know and they can share it online for you. Send all of the details to – don’t forget to include some high quality imagery. Depending on the event they may also be able to provide some Back the #sot2021 Bid materials for you to use and include.

12. Use our materials
The team have got a range of materials for you to use, including web banners, text for newsletters, social media messages, pledge boards, postcards and posters. They've also got a selection of logos that you can add to your channels. For more details, email

13. Get one of the supporter packs
The team have put together a selection of supporter packs for local groups and business, individual artists and creative organisations and members of the public. They contain lots of material that will help you make some noise and shout about the bid. If you’d like a copy, get in touch at If there’s something you’d like that’s not in there let them know.

14. Come along to the Cultural Forum
Have you got a keen interest in culture? Have you got something to say? Want to be more actively involved in the bid? If so, join in the Cultural Forum which is helping to shape what goes in to Stoke-on-Trent’s bid. To come along to the next one, email them at

15. Take part in one of the bid initiatives
Throughout 2017, the team will be putting together a programme of cultural initiatives, including the #365DaysOfCulture weekly creative challenge and the Bottling Culture community consultation. Find out more online at or through social media.
If you’ve got any other ideas of how you can take part or collaborate, they’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing


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