A Dundee councillor wants the city to run its own event in 2023 after losing out on entering for the title of European Capital of Culture.
British entrants for the 2023 crown have been deemed ineligible because the UK will not be part of the European Union or European Economic Area by then.
But Fraser Macpherson has proposed that the city should showcase and highlight its cultural offerings, adding: “By 2023, the V&A will be well-established, the Waterfront project will be six years further forward and other initiatives will have successfully progressed.
“It is blindly obvious that the city should be running its own series of events. I’m a bit unconvinced that we should be faking about for some probably non-existent world title.
“Instead, rather than demanding money back from governments, we should be seeking the co-operation and financial assistance from Scottish and UK governments to run our own cultural year of events in Dundee in 2023.”
Elsewhere, the president of the European Commission has been urged to intervene to allow British cities, including Dundee, to compete for the title of European Capital of Culture.
But in a letter to European Commission (EC) president Jean-Claude Juncker, MPs representing the five areas that submitted bids urged him to allow the process to continue.
Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes and a joint Belfast-Londonderry-Strabane bid were all in the running for the accolade, with the winner expected to receive a huge economic boost.
The letter said: “We find it inexplicable that the European Union waited until after the bids from the United Kingdom had been submitted before ruling them all ineligible, when it has been aware of the United Kingdom’s decision since June 2016.
“Politics should not interfere with what is in many ways an event intended to bridge cultural and political divides.”
Dundee sent off its bid for the crown on October 26.
But news broke last week that Martine Reicherts, director general of the EC’s education and culture department, had written to the UK Government to say that its cities were not eligible because of Brexit.
In the new letter, representatives from all five UK areas also told Mr Juncker: “Parliament has always been clear that it wishes to remain close to the European Union and the exclusion of the UK from the bidding process is saddening.
“Having a capital of culture would be an excellent way of fostering this relationship and continuing cooperation after Brexit.”
The group has also written to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley to ask what can be done to resolve the situation.
In the wake of the UK cities being excluded, Dundee City Council leader John Alexander called the move a “body blow” for the city.