One of the UK’s most diverse venues, Bradford has been named City of Culture 2025, a prestigious award that attracts thousands of tourists and secures millions of pounds in funding and investment.
Nadine Dorries, the culture minister, announced the winner live on BBC One’s The One Show on Tuesday night after months of intense competition for the title.
Doris said Bradford was a “deserved winner” for the 2025 title against tough competition.
“Arts and culture should be accessible to all and this prestigious address will help Bradford create memorable events for communities at their doorsteps.
“Coventry has shown us how powerful the British City of Culture title can be in stimulating investment, attracting visitors and leaving a lasting legacy for locals.”
Bradford 2025, Team Giving, chirp: “This is our time to celebrate our extraordinary region – and for our young people to become leaders and change makers to start an exciting new chapter in our history.”
“This remarkable result is thanks to the ambition, faith and hard work of the thousands of people across the region who were behind our bid,” said Bradford 2025 Chairman Shanaz Gulzar. Our time to shine.”
A record initial 20 bidders from locations across the UK were reduced to eight and then four, with the final list comprising Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough.
Other areas in previous rounds have included Cornwall, Derby, Stirling, Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.
Bradford will take over the leadership from Coventry, the British City of Culture in 2021, with Hull and Derry enjoying that position in 2017 and 2013 respectively.
For the first time, groups of cities were allowed to band together to bid for the title. Another innovation in the competition was to ask participants how they are using culture to help their region recover from the Covid pandemic.
Bradford will receive £275,000 in seed funding to help the city develop its plans for 2025.
For the first time in the competition, each runner-up will also receive a grant of £125,000 to help develop key elements of their application.
Coventry received £172 million in grants and investments in its year as a cultural city. The money helped fund concerts, the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art fair, a new children’s playground in the city center and improvements to public transport.
The judges said they were impressed by the ambition of the Bradford Show, which celebrates the power of diversity and aims to create new opportunities. The app fostered strong local engagement with artists and residents and focused on creating a sense of local pride, according to the jury.
Sir Phil Redmond, chair of the competition’s Independent Advisory Committee, said: “The choice is never about whether one show is better than another, but rather that a show has the potential to make a bigger and actionable impact… I look forward to seeing how even now the bar can be raised. cultural. “
The city’s cultural assets include the Brontë Parsonage, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, and the National Museum of Science and Media.
Bradford has a thriving Asian community and Muslims make up about a quarter of the population. Every fourth of the city’s residents is under 18 years old.
While promoting the city’s show, Gulzar said its creative communities are “energy and vibrant”. The organization has argued that its rich history, international community and youth have made it the most pressing candidate for the UK City of Culture for 2025.
The City of Culture Prize will transform the Bradford Borough into a ‘creative force’ – building on our existing cultural assets and heritage; It has attracted significant investment and new jobs and opportunities for everyone who lives and works here.”
The Bradford City Council leader said the win would bring “many opportunities” to the area. Susan Hinchcliffe said: “We are delighted to have our region recognized in this way. Being the UK’s capital of culture brings so many opportunities for people, not only in terms of creativity and culture, but also employment, attracting investment from abroad, boosting the local economy, and opening up opportunities for young people to improve their skills.
“The way people from all over the town stand behind the giving and the trust people now show has brought the Bradford neighborhood to life like never before.”
Much of Bradford’s industrial heritage, dating back to the 19th century when it was a center for wool and cotton manufacturing, has been converted into heritage sites. The Salt Factory, formerly a textile mill, now houses an art gallery, shopping center and restaurants.
Another cultural center is the Kala Sangam Arts Center, which specializes in South Asian art. The city hosts the annual Bradford Literary Festival, which attracts over 70,000 people.