Ahead of the announcement on whether the Odeon has been successful in its bid for cultural funding to kick-start its regeneration, Imran has launched one final effort to get the Government behind the project.

Writing to the Secretary of State for Culture following a meeting with representatives of the Odeon’s operators, the NEC Group, Imran has urged the Government to get behind Bradford and the Northern Powerhouse Project and deliver funding to redevelop the Odeon.

Imran’s meeting with the NEC Group follows a number of meetings with Bradford Live who have spearheaded the campaign around the Odeon, as well as with Ministers who he has urged to recognise the immense benefits that will be provided to Bradford by the redevelopment of the Odeon.

The decision on whether the Odeon has been successful in its bid for funding of £4 million from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund – money set aside from the Government’s Great Exhibition of the North – will be announced later in March by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who oversee the funding.

If the bid is successful, the Odeon will be a significant step closer to reopening its doors after decades of neglect to live music, where it is expected to play host to musical artists from across the country and bring several hundred thousand visitors to Bradford with a multi-million-pound impact.

Speaking on the campaign to redevelop the Odeon, Imran said:

“Bradford City Centre is taking shape with the Broadway Shopping Centre, Centenary Square, Sunbridge Wells, the Alhambra and National Media Museum, and now the Odeon is the final piece of the jigsaw in the redevelopment of Bradford as a respected destination, and as the funding decision nears, I hope that the Government understand just how important the Odeon is to Bradford’s future.

“The Odeon’s redevelopment has been a project that has been a long time in the making, and I am proud to be a part of the campaign to restore a Bradford landmark to its former position of glory within the City Centre as well as the wider region where it will stand as one of the best mid-sized venues outside of London.

“With the backing of Bradford Council, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, many across the arts industry and the NEC Group, it is clear that the Odeon will deliver substantial benefits, not just for Bradford, but the wider region with a multi-million-pound impact that can help boost our local economy.”

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