Supporting community-led culture in Keighley & Bradford

The Leap

THE LEAP is the new Creative People and Places programme for Bradford. Creative People and Places is all about getting more people engaged in arts and culture by having local people help shape what’s on offer.

We are led by Born in Bradford and a new consortium made up of Bradford Eid Festival, Mind the Gap, Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre and Royds Community Association.

We want to:

  • Ensure that the voices, ideas and aspirations of people in Bradfird & Keighley are heard and help shape our programme
  • Understand people’s current engagement with culture, what art and culture means to you and what creative activities you take part in now – or would like to in future
  • Support communities to lead on shared and authentic artistic experiences
  • Make new connections within communities

If you live, work or of take part in a community activity in Manningham, Bradford Moor, Tong, City, Keighley West or Keighley Central and want to find out more about The LEAP, please get in touch: / 07813 450451

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THE LEAP is a 10-year project funded by Arts Council England, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissining Group, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford for Everyone. This investment will benefit the whole district with activities for everyone to participate in and enjoy arts & culture on their doorstep. Our core work will focus on key areas, starting in the wards of Manningham, Bradford Moor, Tong, City, Keighley West and Keighley Central. Supporting locally informed and community-led culture in Keighley and Bradford.

“Culture enables people to explore skills and talents they never knew they had. It also gives people confidence and shows Bradford district off to our best advantage. The low levels of engagement in arts and culture in some wards highlight the challenges in delivering high quality art that is relevant for a population that is younger and more diverse than any other eligible Creative People and Places areas. Born in Bradford and local arts and community organisations have put huge energy into this bid which will be a game-changer for Bradford and builds on our drive to become the UK’s City of Culture 2025.”

by Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council


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THE LEAP are supporting fifteen new projects

THE LEAP are supporting 15 new projects ranging from art and dance to gaming and spoken word to spark creativity in Bradford and Keighley to get more local people involved in arts and culture. Starting as soon as it is safe to do so under Covid-19 regulations, this is the start of an ongoing approach putting communities at the heart of THE LEAP’s work.

Thanks to funding and support from Arts Council England, Bradford for Everyone and Bradford District Council, these activities will use enjoyment and creativity to listen to communities, create a buzz and inform THE LEAP’s future plans through to 2023 and beyond.

Selected projects will include a pop up radio station, dance, spoken word, music, photography, gaming, performance and much more!
The organisations leading these projects include:
  • Bradford Moor Pass
  • Keighley Creative
  • Muslim Womens Council
  • Build a Girl
  • 509 Arts
  • Spoken Worth
  • Dance United Yorkshire
  • Project 6
  • Grange Interlink
  • Keighley Healthy Living
  • Impact Gamers
  • Horton Housing
  • Impressions Gallery: New Focus
  • Wur Bradford
  • Artists: Sarah de Nurtcheylo and Victoria Alderson with The Sue Belcher Centre
Taking place across six Bradford wards, the projects include activities, workshops and taster sessions which will involve and include a broad range of people young and old, reflecting Bradford’s proud diversity.
Zulfiqar Ahmed The Leap

THE LEAP is pleased to announce we've appointed Zulfiqar Ahmed as Director

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An expert in community-led development work with a twenty-five-year career in the design, development and implementation of innovative social impact initiatives across the UK and internationally, Zulfiqar returns to Bradford where he has more than 20 years’ experience. His previous roles include six years as Programmes Director at Bradford based QED UK which provides economic development initiatives in the city; and Director of Development at UnLtd, leading the design and delivery of social entrepreneur grant and business support programmes across the UK.
Commenting on his appointment as director of THE LEAP, Zulfiqar Ahmed said: “I’m excited to grab this fantastic opportunity with both hands and help play a role in creating transformative change in Bradford. The city is the UK’s youngest city and one of the most richly diverse – and it’s important that Bradford’s arts and cultural provision reflects that. The aim of THE LEAP is to help local people play a leading role in determining a thriving arts and culture scene and inspire a future generation of cultural ambassadors for the city. The first step is to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds from across Bradford, spread the word about THE LEAP and find out exactly what people want this programme to be. I can’t wait to get started.”

Get involved With The Leap

We aim to begin a programme activity early in 2020. Meanwhile we are seeking members of the public who may be interested to volunteer as changemakers for their communities. The changemakers will be at the heart of THE LEAP programme, steering the direction of the work, encouraging people to get involved and selecting and working with artists. Changemakers will be paid expenses and be offered training and the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural activity.

If you want to find out more about The LEAP or about becoming a Changemaker, please contact us by email / 07813 450451