Bradford crowned UK City of Culture 2025



Bradford has been announced UK City of Culture 2025.

The West Yorkshire city fought off tough competition from County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough to clinch the coveted crown.

The win was welcomed by Bradford West MP Naz Shah, who described it as a “huge success” for the city “with an open heart”.

“I am so proud that Bradford has been chosen to become the UK’s City of Culture 2025,” she said in a video posted on Twitter.

“Bradford, for me, is the definition of a city full of culture. And with this title we can now show the rest of the country what Bradford truly has to offer: a city full of youth, 120 languages, cuisines from all around the world, a history full of Arts, its own literature festival.

“…A city with an open heart, and sanctuary for so many. It’s now Bradford’s time to shine. So let’s celebrate this huge success and show the country what Bradford’s really about.”

Bradford took the title from previous holder Coventry who has since seen more than £172 million invested in funding music concerts and the country’s first permanent immersive digital art gallery, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said.

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