Mayor celebrates Bradford City of Culture success

Joy as Bradford becomes City of Culture 2025

31 May 2022

Reacting to the news that Bradford will be the UK City of Culture in 2025, Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Bradford will be the UK’s City of Culture in 2025.

“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.

“The entire year will be a fitting showcase for the incredible cultural and artistic talent in this amazing city.

“And the City of Culture judging process has also helped us to highlight the breadth of talent and the vibrant cultural offer throughout West Yorkshire. There’s no doubt we have some of the finest creative and cultural talent, events, festivals, and destinations anywhere in the UK.

“And the good news for the people of our region is that there’s plenty to come, before Bradford takes its place as City of Culture in 2025.

“We’ve got Leeds’s own 2023 City of Culture celebrations. We’ve got Kirklees Year of Music 2023; and after that we’ve got Calderdale’s 2024 Vision events…and Wakefield’s yearlong festival of culture in 2024.”

“And of course, 2025 will be the crowning glory. I send my congratulations to all the team involved in this bidding process and I know the people of Bradford are ready to take this opportunity and shine on a national stage.

“Here’s to the future!”