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UK City of Culture – 2025

UK City of Culture 2025

It’s an exciting and important time to become our Chief Executive as we prepare to be the best UK City of Culture there has been. This is a game-changing opportunity to welcome the world to Bradford District, tell our many stories, celebrate our many cultures, showcase the creative dynamism of our young, diverse population and invest in the talent of the future. It places Bradford at the heart of the country’s cultural conversation and will attract talent, resources and international attention.  It will change perceptions, build confidence and generate new skills and jobs. it will be a year to remember but must be more than just a great memory.

BD25 must be a catalyst for investment and participation securing a legacy for the future that contributes to the generation of clean, fair and sustainable growth, the transformation of our city and towns and the delivery of better outcomes for our people. But it’s only one part of the picture; there is much more to be done.

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 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. BD2025 is backed by the Council forming part of Culture is Our Plan – the Council’s cultural strategy until 2031. University of Bradford is a strategic partner and businesses from across the district have backed the bid.