UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for a period of one calendar year, during which the successful bidder hosts cultural festivities through culture-led regeneration for the year.
And this year It only got better as Bradford Wins the City of Culture!
Bradford has been crowned UK City of Culture 2025, taking on the prestigious title from Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
Bradford will now receive £275,000 in initial seed funding to make sure the city can hit the ground running and get the wheels in motion early as it develops its plans for 2025. This grant will help pave the way for a year of unforgettable cultural activities and events.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: – Congratulations to Bradford, which is a worthy winner of UK City of Culture 2025.
Art and culture should be accessible to everyone, and this prestigious title will help Bradford deliver unforgettable events for communities on their doorstep.
Bradford is a young and vibrant city with a rich heritage and its impressive bid drew upon its wide range of local cultural assets including the Bronte Parsonage, Saltire UNESCO World Heritage Site and the National Science and Media Museum.
The city is also investing in its future cultural assets having successfully secured £20 million from the Levelling Up fund to invest in the Squire Lane Wellbeing and Enterprise Centre and is using another £4 million DCMS grant to redevelop the Bradford Odeon into a 4,000-seat live music and entertainment venue.
Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
We are delighted that Bradford has been given the prestigious title of City of Culture 2025. We are looking forward to working with Bradford to make their programme an amazing success and to help share its fascinating heritage on a worldwide stage.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ve been able to fund large-scale projects at past City of Culture award holders, Hull, and Coventry. We have witnessed first-hand the transformational effects that this title can bring, creating a deeper sense of place, pride, and identity. We look forward to the exciting opportunities it will bring to the people of Bradford now and into the future. Congratulations Bradford!
As part of its status as UK City of Culture 2025, Bradford will be eligible for a £3 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and now has three years to prepare for a year of ground-breaking cultural activities.
This is brilliant news for Bradford and testament to the collaboration between communities, business & local government not just across the district but across West Yorkshire.
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