Bradford has been named as UK City of Culture 2025. In May 2022, live on BBC The One Show, Bradford was announced as winner of the UK City of Culture 2025 title.
Awarded every four years by Government the UK City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creative place-making and culture-led regeneration.
Bradford district’s year of culture is set to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events and a series of major arts festivals and major national and international collaborations.
As the UK’s youngest city (29% of our population are under 20 and nearly a quarter under 16), our young people will help deliver a year of culture that is recognisably Bradford.
Bradford’s history of fierce independence and of progressive social reform and its spectacular cultural heritage offer a powerful launchpad for a UK City of Culture celebration in 2025 that could only happen in Bradford.
Our bid is backed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council forming part of Culture is Our Plan – Bradford Council’s cultural strategy until 2031. University of Bradford is a strategic partner and businesses from across the district have backed the bid.