City of Culture bid director on what sets the district apart from other bidders

In the first of a series of T&A spotlights on Bradford’s City of Culture 2025 team, Emma Clayton talks to bid director Richard Shaw.

IT is time, says Richard Shaw, for Bradford to re-write its story. “When I look at this district I see a world-class constellation of nationally significant arts organisations – the Alhambra, Salts Mill, St George’s Hall, Bronte Parsonage, National Science and Media Museum, a new 4,000-seat venue underway, two great literature festivals, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. And enterprising, passionate organisations doing great things here: Freedom Studios, Mind the Gap, Kala Sangam, Brick Box,” he says.

The Leap is a wonderful example of how the NHS can work with the arts and culture. There’s nothing else in the UK like it.

“There is much to shout about – and the City of Culture bid is a huge opportunity to do that. It’s time to change perceptions and the lazy media stereotypes that have left Bradford often misunderstood, and write a new story”.

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