A MULTI-FAITH festive tree will be installed in the centre of Bradford as part of an initiative to celebrate the many cultures across the district.

The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce BAME Business Committee is behind the festive tree which will be decorated with baubles sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

The fir tree will be located in Centenary Square near the City Hall steps and will be one of two trees on display - the other of which will be a traditional Christmas tree. 

Chair of the committee, Nasreen Karim said: “I am truly delighted that this initiative is taking off.

"The whole purpose of the BAME Business Committee was to ensure that all diverse businesses were being represented by the Chamber, to ensure all voices were being heard.

“We want to bring communities together. This tree encompasses that.

“It’s an opportunity for not just the business community but the community at large to celebrate the tapestry of our vibrant community, especially during a time of world conflicts.

“In the spirit of unity and diversity, we invite businesses to join us in decorating a multi-faith festive tree with sponsored baubles.

“Sponsorship not only adorns the tree but also symbolizes commitment to inclusivity and harmony in the community.”

The tree aims to celebrate the way the region embraces multiculturalism – the many communities and businesses within it from various different backgrounds that live and work together.

There will be a launch event in Bradford with representatives from the different faiths and cultures across the city.

Sponsoring a bauble costs £100, and those businesses or organisations wishing to do so, should email: marketing@wnychamber.co.uk

The deadline for registrations is November 30.

The idea for the multi-faith festive tree came from Saleem Kader, who is also on the board of the Chamber’s BAME Business Committee.

He said: “The tree symbolises the city and the baubles represent the people and businesses that make the city function.

“We wanted to celebrate the fact that this city, despite its critics, demonstrates how true is the power of multiculturism.

“The city with the many cultures from all over the world blended together in harmony, this is truly something to be very proud of.”

He explained their aim on the committee was to break down barriers between people from different backgrounds and encourage further improved relationships between BAME and mainstream businesses.

Mr Kader said: “We have many initiatives that we will be introducing during 2024 and leading into the City of Culture celebrations for 2025."