Swansea Bay is aiming to become the UK's City of Culture for 2017.
Eleven places from across the country have put their names forward to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.
Swansea Bay, which covers Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot, faces opposition for the title from the likes of Aberdeen, Chester, and East Kent
The UK Government's culture minister Ed Vaizey said:
"This is fantastic news and shows the appetite for the prestigious ‘City of Culture’ title is in healthy supply right across the length and breadth of the country".
"The competition brings together communities and creates economic and social benefits and I am pleased to see so many local authorities and different partners coming together".
"I wish all eleven the best of luck.”
A shortlist of the bidders in the running to take the title will be announced in June.
A spokesperson for Swansea Council said:
"We have expressed an interest in submitting a bid to become UK City of Culture 2017".
"We are working towards the possible submission of a full bid by the end of