Bradford Council has unveiled the recipients of this year’s Large Arts, Culture, and Heritage Grants Fund, marking another milestone in the district’s cultural landscape.

The grants panel expressed their enthusiasm for the diverse range of applications received during the latest funding round, showcasing a rich tapestry of initiatives aimed at enriching Bradford’s cultural heritage. Out of 41 applications reviewed, eight projects have been selected to receive a total sum of £50,000.

The council’s Culture Team anticipates a vibrant array of programmes spanning over half of the district’s wards, aiming to engage communities in immersive cultural experiences.

Among the supported projects, Spin Arts secured £10,000 to collaborate with LeedsGATE and Romany Gypsy Rapper, Big Deli, in co-writing a concept album narrating the story and heritage of Gypsy Roma Travellers in Bradford. This initiative aims to foster community engagement through workshops across various districts including Holmewood, Laisterdyke, Tyersal, Bierley, and Bowling.

The prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition received £13,000 to host its finals at St George’s Hall in September 2024, marking the event’s first departure from Leeds in its 60-year history. This move is expected to deepen ties with the Bradford community and attract new audiences, positioning the city at the forefront of international arts events.

Further funding allocations include £5,000 for Mizkast to spearhead a Public Art project in Shipley, £5,000 for the Bradford International Film Festival, and £8,500 to Oak Initiative UK CIC for the Bradford International Africa Festival, among others.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Bradford is a vibrant district, full of creativity. It’s incredible to see the growth and breadth of applications that are coming forward that will deliver, unique cultural and heritage activities.

“By working with communities, the projects will enable opportunities for growth, support new talent development, community engagement and even promote health and wellbeing through the arts.”