By Tom Degun

Tramway arts venueJanuary 19 - The Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid has been given a boost after the Scottish city secured the right to stage the world renowned Turner Prize in 2015 in recognition of its global cultural status.

The prestigious arts prize will be held at the Tramway arts venue (pictured top) after Glasgow saw off rival bids from across the United Kingdom.

It marks the first time the Turner Prize will be held in Scotland after organisers recently decided to hold the event outside London every second year.

The Tramway itself has already been chosen by the Glasgow 2018 bid team as a venue for the 2018 Culture and Education Programme, which runs alongside the sporting events at the Youth Olympic Games.

The venue would host artistic workshops for both the young athletes and local young people and Glasgow 2018 bid leader Paul Bush says the securing of the Turner Prize in 2015 has given real momentum to their plans.

"This is a boost to our Bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018," said Bush.

"We believe we can use the power of Glasgow's cultural status and the city's proven commitment to inspiring and mobilising communities, especially young people, through the arts to partner with the Olympic Movement to promote its values across the globe.

"Coupled with the fact the Tramway and several of our other world-class cultural venues have been chosen to deliver an exemplary Culture and Education Programme, we believe we can inspire young people to be champions in their lives through the power of sport, education and culture."

Culture and Education ProgrammeThe 2018 Culture and Education Programme for young athletes has proved one of the huge successes of the Youth Olympic Games

Glasgow 2018 is currently in a competitive race with Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Medellín and Rotterdam for the right to stage the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

The race is now entering a crucial stage with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board due to announce the shortlisted Candidate Cities next month at its next meeting in Lausanne on February 12 and 13.

The shortlisted cities will then make formal presentations to the IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by Germany's Claudia Bokel, who will produce a report on the Candidate Cities.

Following the publication of the report, the full IOC membership will elect a host city in Lausanne on July 4.

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