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.

Bradford district’s year of culture is set to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, 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 both recognisably Bradford and

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.

Our UK City of Culture bid is chaired by presenter and artist, Shanaz Gulzar.

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