Creating Culture House in Minecraft: New competition for young people in Sunderland


25th September 2023

Topic Education, Living & Inclusion
Technology edtech, Light technology
Sector Education, Living & Inclusion

Culture House Sunderland is set to open its doors in 2025, and we’re calling on young minds to help shape its vibrant future. The Creating Culture House in Minecraft competition is a unique opportunity for young people across our smart city to unleash their creativity and contribute to the development of Culture House Sunderland.

With work on site now underway, Culture House Sunderland, the UK’s National Centre for Creative Smart Cities, is expected to open its doors in 2025. This brand-new city library will be a convergence of culture and technology: aiming to inspire creativity, foster learning, and explore the intersections of culture and tech.

Now, we’ve built part of Sunderland’s city centre in Minecraft – including the new Culture House development. We’re inviting young people to participate in the Creating Culture House in Minecraft competition, focusing on designing the teen room of Culture House. This room will be a haven for young minds, a space where culture meets cutting-edge technology. The winning Minecraft designs will shape the atmosphere and use of this space, ensuring it attracts young visitors for years to come.

Participating in the Creating Culture House in Minecraft competition isn’t just about designing a room: it is an opportunity to co-create the future of your city. By contributing your ideas and digital skills, you’re playing a vital role in the development of a space where culture and technology will thrive together.

Minecraft acts as a digital canvas where you can bring your ideas to life: enabling problem-solving, collaboration, and programming. By taking part in the competition, participants will not only express their creativity but also develop increasingly valuable digital skills to shape a future with impact.

This competition is made possible through a dynamic collaboration between Sunderland City Council, Microsoft, Culture House, TA Education, Together for Children and FaulknerBrowns. Earlier this year, Microsoft and Sunderland City Council signed a memorandum of understanding heralding a new era of digital public services, to bring benefits for city residents.

The competition opens in late September and will close on February 12th. The designs will be evaluated by a panel of city partners, who will be assessing entries based on the following categories:

  • Creative award
  • Collaborative award
  • Dynamic award
  • Futuristic award

The competition is open to people between the ages of 7 and 25 living in the Sunderland area, but entries must be submitted as part of an organisation such as your school or local community group.