Written by: Shelagh O’Neill, 14/09/2016
Bradford is bidding to host the Great Exhibition of the North, a two-month spectacular to showcase the best of art, culture and design in the North of England to national and international audiences. Towns and cities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire have been invited to submit proposals to stage the show in summer 2018.
The Great Exhibition is closely aligned to the Government’s flagship Northern Powerhouse initiative to help rebalance the UK economy. The Bradford team will be promoting the city to the bid committee as an ambitious, confident and forward-looking place with a young and diverse population, strong business community, vibrant arts and cultural scene, great transport connections and excellent quality of life.
Bradford city was built on the universal values of compassion, hard work and enterprise. Bradford is proud of its illustrious past and the role that their predecessors played in the industrial revolution that created the original Northern Powerhouse. They are even more confident and ambitious about their future as one of Europe’s youngest, most diverse and best-connected cities.
Bradford believes it can show the way for modern Britain and lead the economic, social and cultural rebalancing of the UK. Consider the outstanding regeneration of its city centre, the explosion of new business start-ups, its strong export culture and energetic arts scene and you will be excited and inspired about what the coming years hold for the North of England. This is why Bradford is seizing the moment and bidding to host the Great Exhibition of the North.
The bid is thought provoking, transformative, life affirming, and, above all, fun. This resurgent city is the ideal place to illustrate the enormous potential that is awakening across the North. Futurescope will be the biggest and most connected exploration of our imagined futures that has ever taken place, using great art, design and business innovation, food and drink, culture, and digital technology to bring people together.
As part of Bradford’s bid, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are holding a social media spotlight day on Friday 16th September. Please, please, please use any or all social media channels available to you to share images, photos, data insights, examples of collaboration, opportunities etc. using the hashtags #GreatNorthExpo2018 and #BradfordGXn. Let’s get these hashtags trending nationally on Friday 16th September and show what makes us great and why Bradford should be chosen to hold the event!
Find out more at http://www.gxnbradford.com/