Due to safety and social distancing measures brought in to contain the spread of coronavirus, Bradford Council has taken the very difficult decision to cancel the much-loved Bradford Festival in 2020.

Social distancing measures have made staging, performing and crowd managing festival audiences impractical.

Many other festivals and arts events across the UK have also had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

However, the public response to a creative projects grant fund earlier this year encouraging cultural activity during lockdown has been very successful, so the council’s culture team will be looking at how this approach might be adapted for future creative ideas while social distancing rules continue.

Bradford Festival was scheduled to take place 29-31 August in Bradford’s City Park.