Bradford named the UK City of Culture 2025

We would like to congratulate the city of Bradford, which has won the competition to be named the UK city of culture for 2025.

Bradford is a city very close to home for all employees at First County Monitoring. A number of our employees commute from Bradford to our offices in Selby and Hull.

What is the UK City of Culture Award? 

UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city (or a local area from 2025) in the United Kingdom for one calendar year. The successful bidder hosts cultural festivities through culture-led regeneration for the year. The designation is awarded to cities every four years through a competition.

Why Bradford?

Bradford is an ethnically diverse area with the largest proportion of people of Pakistani ethnic origin in England. One in four people living in the district describes themselves as Asian/Asian British ethnic origin, compared to under 1 in 10 people on average for England overall.

West Yorkshire’s Mayor Tracy Brabin said she was delighted Bradford had been chosen. “No city deserves this more,” she said. “As one of the UK’s youngest and most diverse places, Bradford will benefit from this platform to highlight everything it has to offer.”

What does this mean for Bradford?

Bradford will receive £270,000 in initial funding to assist it in developing its plans and will also be eligible for a £3m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Bradford plans to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events, including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals, and exciting national and international collaborations.

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