Derry-Londonderryhas been named the UK’s City of Culture for 2013 winning over competition from three other short-listed cities: Sheffield, Norwich and Birmingham.

VisitBritainsaid City of Culture 2013 aims to build on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008. It is regarded that this title and investment had significant social and economic benefits for the area and will help Derry-Londonderry in a similar manner.

VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: “It’s a testament to the passion and hard work that the city has already invested to win against such tough competition.”

The city of Culture is decided every 4 years. It could hold events such as the Turner prize, the Brits and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Derry-Londonderry had a huge amount of support from musicians and celebrities in its bid to win the title. Snow Patrol gave their track ‘Just Say Yes’ to be the theme tune, and Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel also backed the bid.