100 young people from across Bradford district embarked on a cultural excursion to Coventry this weekend to spend 24 hours immersed in the current UK City of Culture.
The young people, aged between 15 – 20 years old, gathered at City Park on Saturday morning for a celebratory send-off before setting off down to Coventry for an overnight stay.
The delegation come from across the Bradford District and included representatives from Bradford’s UNICEF Child Rights Youth Work Trainees; the city’s Young Covid Ambassadors, as well as those benefitting from Bradford’s ‘Kick Start’ training scheme, which is helping young people affected by the economic impacts of Covid by funding new job roles, and ‘JU:MP Leads’, a sports, activities & leadership programme for people aged 16 – 25 years. Bradford Youth Team also sent out an open call on social media channels for young people to come forward to take part in the trip. They were accompanied by members of the Bradford 2025 team, including Bradford 2025 chair, Shanaz Gulzar.
The young people experienced a packed itinerary including visits to some of Coventry’s signature ‘Year of Culture’ events including artist Daniel Lismore’s ‘Be Yourself Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken’ exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and ‘Where There Is Light’, an immersive sound and light installation at Coventry Cathedral. They also met some of the young people involved in the Coventry bid and shared ideas on what a City of Culture year could look like in Bradford.
The trip was organised and run by the Bradford Youth Service in partnership with Bradford 2025.
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Photograph: Karol Wyszynski