Leeds sends message of congratulations as Bradford is named UK City of Culture 2025

Leeds has added its voice to the Yorkshire-wide chorus of praise celebrating Bradford’s success in the race to be named UK City of Culture 2025.

Bradford was confirmed this evening as the next holder of the four-yearly UK City of Culture title, seeing off competition from County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham.

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“We are so pleased that our friends and neighbours in Bradford have been successful, it’s a well-deserved reward for everyone who worked extremely hard on their bid for the title.

“Our two great cities have much in common, not least an ambition to create new opportunities and drive economic growth by showcasing the talents and potential of all their residents to the rest of the world.

“Being named UK City of Culture 2025 will give Bradford the perfect opportunity to do exactly that, and their time in the spotlight will also help fly the flag for the artistic and endlessly-creative endeavours of Yorkshire as a whole.

“As plans for our own Leeds 2023 cultural celebrations continue to gather momentum, we can now also wait with interest and excitement to see what Bradford has in store for its extra-special year.”


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