Ambitious plans to stage a “spectacular” Great Exhibition of the North are to be presented to a judging panel in Bradford next week.
The city, alongside Sheffield, is one of two in Yorkshire and four nationwide to make the shortlist to host the £5m event in the summer of 2018.
Bradford’s bid promises to deliver “awe-inspiring and immersive” events to unite the North of England and celebrate its role in the UK’s future.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “It’s great to have the opportunity to showcase Bradford by having a visit from the Great Exhibition judging panel.
“Everyone who comes to Bradford is impressed by what we have to offer here. The Bradford team has been working hard to prepare for the visit. They will receive a warm welcome.”
Civic leaders will welcome panel members including Conrad CBE, director of the GREAT Britain campaign, the Government’s international campaign to generate jobs and growth from tourism, trade and education, and Sir Gary Verity, who has been asked by the Government to oversee the project.
Kersten England, chief executive of Bradford Council, said: “Hosting the Great Exhibition would be a great stimulus for generating new investment, business opportunity and tourism for Bradford and the North.
“The Great Exhibition in Bradford will inspire the world to think differently about the North and demonstrate that we are the best place for tourism, trade, investment and study.”
Nine towns and cities submitted bids. The panel has produced a shortlist of four locations and will make a recommendation to ministers in the Autumn.
Bradford’s Great Exhibition bid, backed by entertainer Dynamo, would have the National Media Museum as an anchor for the exhibition with support from neighbouring venues across the district including City Hall, St George’s Hall and Alhambra Theatre.