Bradford benefits from £50,000 funding for cultural events for the Great Exhibition of the North

Article dated Friday Mar 9, 2018 at 04:38 PM

Bradford will build on its shortlisting to host the Great Exhibition of the North with a summer programme of complementary events supported by £50,000 of Leeds City Region (LCR) pool funding.

Bradford was shortlisted to stage the Great Exhibition of the North and the district is now working with the successful bidder - Newcastle Gateshead Initiative - to stage a programme of complementary and connected activity between June 22nd and September 8th 2018.

Buildings and other spaces around Bradford will be transformed into venues for an exciting programme of activities showcasing the district’s cultural creativity.

Art, design, innovation and playfulness are the central themes of the Great Exhibition and the aim is to support creative/cultural industries, celebrate creativity, raise the district’s confidence and aspiration, as well as inspire future generations and encourage Bradfordians to get involved with the Great Exhibition.

The project is one of three promoting the best of the region’s sport and culture to local, national and international audiences being supported with money from the Leeds City Region business rates pool.

The business rates pool enables councils in the Leeds City Region to retain and invest the proceeds of growth in business rates. It has supported investments with a value of more than £11 million since it was created in 2014.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Joining forces with other councils in the Leeds City Region in this way means we can re-invest in cultural activities such as this.

“This funding will be used celebrate great art, culture, design, and innovation as part of the Great Exhibition of the North’s Inspired By programme.

“The Bradford Literature Festival, The Bradford Festival, The Bradford Science Festival and Emily Brontë's Bicentenary as well as a Big Party weekend will all feature in the plans for this summer of creativity.

“We are proud of our innovative district and what it has given the world so far, and we see this as a great opportunity to showcase our creative spirit and the great potential our young and diverse residents offer for the future, locally, nationally and globally."

Bradford is still in the running for a share of the Government’s £15 million legacy fund set up for the Great Exhibition, for the regeneration of the former Odeon building. The whole of the Leeds City Region is backing Bradford in its bid for £4million from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

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