Bradford named UK City of Culture 2025

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Bradford won over County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough bids (PA) (PA Archive)
Bradford won over County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough bids (PA) (PA Archive)

Bradford has been named the UK City of Culture 2025.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries made the announcement live on BBC’s The One Show.

Bradford won over fellow finalists County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

She said Bradford “thoroughly deserved” being named as the UK City of Culture 2025.

Later she tweeted: “So delighted for @bradford2025 and a joy to announce them as the next UK City of Culture tonight!

“Thoroughly deserved and great news for this brilliant city. This IS your time to show off your rich history, diverse community and extraordinary people.”

The shortlist was compiled from a record group of 20 that had initially registered bids to take over the title, currently held by Coventry.

The advisory panel, chaired by Sir Phil Redmond, visited the four shortlisted places before making their final recommendation in May, which was later approved by Ms Dorries.

For the first time this year, the eight longlisted winners received a £40,000 grant to strengthen their applications. They included Cornwall, Derby, Stirling and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Since winning the title, Coventry has seen more than £172 million invested in funding music concerts and the UK’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery, as well as a further £500 million for the city’s regeneration, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

Boris Johnson has congratulated the city of Bradford on being named UK City of Culture 2025.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “Congratulations to the city of Bradford on becoming the UK’s City of Culture for 2025.”

“This title builds on the rich history and dynamism of the city, bringing investment and opportunity for everyone who lives and works there.”

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