The Leap is all about supporting community-led culture in Bradford and Keighley. We are a Creative People and Places programme enabling arts and culture for everyone, everywhere across our District.

We want to increase leadership and participation in arts and culture in Bradford and Keighley. We will do this by reaching out, identifying and supporting passionate individuals and groups who are motivated to lead on new cultural and creative activity.

We're committed to helping communities become a valued and vibrant part of Bradford District’s cultural ecology. That means using our experience, connections and insight to break down the barriers preventing community led culture from fulfilling its potential, helping change Bradford District for the better.

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Do It Thissen Cinema - A social cinema project.

Want to screen films in your community?
Do you have a venue you can use?
Want to develop skills to make this happen?

Social cinema is a way to connect people through film, create discussion and debate and offer a fun way for people to get together in their local area.

Do It Thissen Cinema project is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network. This project can provide you with the funding and support to set up screenings in your local area.

We want to work with you to programme the films you want to see; whether it is world cinema, a documentary, an old classic or the latest superhero film, Do It Thissen Cinema can make that happen!

Deadline to apply: 13th October

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The Leap Creative Place Partners is open for applications.

The Leap is about community led culture. Our Creative Place Partners programme aims to shift power and decision-making to local people and to develop cultural skills, capacity and confidence in communities and partners.

We are now seeking to identify, and work with potential Creative Place Partners, who share our mission, vision, and values.

We value the expertise and experience Partners have and see our offer as adding value to your own organisation, resulting in increased leadership and participation in arts and culture.

This programme will pilot two or three opportunities for a community partner(s) to match a Leap commissioning budget of up to £25,000. We will support partner organisations to commission cultural activity in their own localities through building the skills, capacity and infrastructure of partner organisations to enable them to lead their own local cultural support initiatives.

We want to collaborate with partner organisations operating at a local level in Bradford and Keighley who share our passion for community led culture.

If you would like to partner with us on this exciting pilot please...

Application Form >>

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Join the Leap's Creative Talent Pool!

The Leap is looking for creatives to come forward and join a pool of creatives to support the work we are doing for Community Led Culture across Bradford and Keighley.

This will be paid work on an ad-hoc basis helping us deliver The Leap mission, marketing campaigns and creative activity over the next four years of our programme.

You may be just starting out or have many years of experience.

If you are interested in joining our creative talent pool, please fill in this online form to express interest

Apply here >>

Get involved With The Leap

The Leap is putting people in Bradford and Keighley at the heart of what we do. We want to Listen, support and empower people, to lead change in their communities.

We are looking for local people to join our Programme Reference Group or become a Changemaker

If you want to find out more about The LEAP or are interested in getting involved, please contact wendy @ The Leap