Bradford awarded City of Culture 2025 - taking over from Coventry

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Bradford has been awarded UK City of Culture 2025.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced the winner on BBC 1's The One Show in Coventry, beating competition from County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham Country Borough.

The winner of the title is awarded every four years, with Coventry previously holding the title.

Robbie Moore, who is the Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley, which is part of the Bradford district, said the announcement is a "testament to hard work of so many across our community".

"This is great news for the whole of our area and will be an awesome economic boost for our area," he added, while Tracy Brabin, mayor of West Yorkshire, said 2025 will be a "fitting showcase" of culture in Bradford.

"No city deserves this more. As one of the youngest and most diverse places in the UK, Bradford will benefit so much from this platform to highlight everything it has to offer," she said.

The 2025 shortlist was compiled from a group of 20 places that registered bids, which also included Cornwall, Derby, Stirling, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Winning the title helps to raise an area's profile, boost its local economy and put it in the cultural spotlight, encouraging long-lasting participation in the arts, and growth for local tourism.

Those behind the bid estimated the UK City of Culture 2025 title could bring an extra £700m into Bradford district, creating 3,000 jobs and attracting about 1.1 million visitors.

They said Bradford will receive £275,000 in initial seed funding as it develops its plans for 2025, which are set to feature more than 1,000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals and major national and international collaborations.

'Builds on rich history'

Ms Dorries also announced that for the first time the runners-up will receive a £125,000 grant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Bradford on Twitter, writing: "This title builds on the rich history and dynamism of the city, bringing investment and opportunity for everyone who lives and works there."

Since gaining the title in 2021, Coventry has seen more than £172m invested in funding music concerts and the UK's first permanent immersive digital art gallery, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said, plus a further £500m for the city's regeneration.

Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland first took the title in 2013, with Hull following in 2017.

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