For, while the quartet was keen to counter male dominance in society, their photo was not representative of Bradford’s multi-cultural diversity and, in fact, attractive negative comment from BAME representatives.
How refreshing, therefore, that inspirational individuals like community champion Adeeba Malik CBE are spearheading its new bid to become the 2025 UK City of Culture. Bradford has a great story to tell and deserves to follow Hull which enjoyed its year in the spotlight in 2017.
But its case will be even more compelling if it builds grassroots support by embracing people of all faiths and demonstrating how arts in a multi-racial society can be a social and economic force for good.
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