BRADFORD is one step nearer to becoming UK City of Culture 2025, after making the final stage of the competition.

Bradford has been announced as one of four shortlisted places approved by Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nadine Dorries, selected from eight longlisted locations across the UK. Bradford is now competing with County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough for the coveted title.

Bradford Literature Festival is a key bid partner of Bradford 2025.

Syima Aslam, CEO and Artistic Director of Bradford Literature Festival said: “Being shortlisted is fantastic news for Bradford. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the amazing BD2025 team, as well as partner organisations. Bradford Literature Festival is extremely proud to be a key bid partner. The change in Bradford’s cultural landscape since BLF began in 2014 is amazing, and the work BD2025 has already done in galvanising Bradford’s cultural sector is truly incredible. I believe that being awarded the next UK City of Culture will be transformational for Bradford, more so than for any other part of the UK.“

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