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Annual Naat competition performed at Bradford school

Pupils at a Bradford primary school will be performing at an annual Naat competition today.

Naat is an Islamic recital which is performed without music. This event has been taking place at Lilycroft Primary School for more than 15 years.

Children in Key Stage Two at the school will be performing Naats on their own or in groups having spent recent weeks rehearsing for this special occasion. Their recitals can be between two and five minutes long.

The event is being attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford who will be awarding prizes to pupils.

Lilycroft Primary School’s head teacher Nicola Roth said: “This event is very important to our school and to the community. It is always very well attended and has been going for at least 15 years.

“The school and the parents take a great deal of pride in the commitment our pupils show in preparing and performing Naats to the community.”

The Lilycroft Primary School pupils’ recitals are being judged by Hafiz Abdul Qadir, who is a famous Naat reciter in both the UK and Pakistan, and who is a special guest at the school for the afternoon.

The Lord Mayor Coun Geoff Reid will then be awarding prizes.

Coun Reid said: “We are delighted to be able to help highlight the importance and significance of this event for Lilycroft Primary School and the community.

“During the past few weeks we have seen young people performing drama, we have seen dance and we have seen paintings and art work.

“We have been really struck by the contribution our young people across Bradford make to the arts . The way in which they are going above and beyond their normal curriculum is brilliant.”

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