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WOW – Women of the World Festival – Bradford is back!

WOW – Women of the World Festival is set to return to Bradford on the 18 – 19 November which celebrates and recognises the achievements of women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential. Full details of the festival programme will be announced next week. Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival is supported by Spirit of 2012, and hosts WOWs across the globe, including in five cities across the UK, of which Bradford was the first northern city. From…

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Spectacular mini festival to Illuminate Bradford

Bradford Council is to stage several world class acts as part of its Illuminate Bradford mini festival in October. The free event promises three days of spectacular outdoor evening entertainment including large scale multimedia performances, interactive light installations and colourful street theatre. Cutting edge 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project will tell the fascinating story of Bradford’s incredibly rich and fascinating history through a high tech light, movement and sound show. The Luminariun, which has been created specifically for Bradford, will be cleverly beamed into the front of Bradford City…

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Bradford Live secures major operator for the Odeon

Bradford Live has today announced that NEC Group International (NECGI), part of Birmingham’s NEC Group, has been chosen as the operating partner for the Bradford Odeon. The NEC Group, which runs the UK’s largest conference and exhibition centre and two of the country’s busiest arenas, will take a 30-year lease on the building and invest £2m towards the conversion costs.  The transformed Odeon is expected to open in 2020. NECGI harnesses the Group’s expertise in managing world-class venues, and with over 40 years’ experience in the exhibition, meetings and live…

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Free entry for Bingley Music Live volunteers

Volunteers at the Bradford Council-run festival will receive free entry for the whole festival weekend, a free festival programme and food and drink while on shift. A number of volunteering roles are available at the three-day festival including Gate Team, Programme Selling, Recycling Team, Campsite Team, Meet and Greet and Information Team. Diana Greenwood, from Bradford Council who is co-ordinating the volunteering team, said: “Our festival volunteers play a big part in creating a great atmosphere and help festival goers have a fantastic time. “Volunteering at Bingley Music Live is…

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Bradford Eid Festival is back this year… bigger and better!

The popular Bradford Eid Festival has been given the green light to return to the city this year, where people from around the region will come together in this free two-day event to celebrate Eid. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities including live music, poetry performances, Henna art, market bazaars and fairground rides, along with a whole section dedicated to mouth-watering Halal food from around the world. Last year, the festival attracted over 12,000 people and this year, numbers are expected to be even higher…

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Flamboyant street theatre programme headed for Bradford Festival

Bradford Council is set to stage a host of colourful and creative street theatre acts at this year’s Bradford Festival. In late July, City Park will burst into life with top quality acts from across the UK. Innovating street theatre company, Highly Sprung will stage a piece offering a glimpse of a possible future  Urban Astronaut. Problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point and the work askes audiences if there is ‘a way back?’ Combining stunning design and a unique travelling flying machine with simple storytelling and…

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BBC Music Day returns to City Park

BBC Music Day takes place this week in City Park.  Bradford is one of a handful of cities taking part in this nationwide celebration which aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music. Hundreds of pupils from across the district will play their part in the Music Day whilst also taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt involving over 800 pupils who will try and break the world record for the number of people taking part in a Bamboo Tamboo*. The current record is…

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Bradford Festival to highlight local talent

Local artists will stage a colourful range of innovative and creative street theatre, dance, music, workshops and activities at this year’s Bradford Festival which is to be held in City Park, Bradford in July. Internationally acclaimed, theatre company, Mind the Gap, will perform the premier of Mirror Mirror, a thought-provoking collaborative piece developed with cutting-edge Liverpool theatre company, The Kazimier. Through ‘absurd performance’, technology and playful imitation, Mirror Mirror explores the experiences of people who are considered ‘different’ in today’s society and prompts the audience to ask themselves: who’s in…

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First acts announced for the Bradford Festival

Bradford Council has announced a host of high quality acts and workshops for this year’s Bradford Festival which will be staged in Bradford’s’ award winning City Park from 28-30 July. People can look forward to seeing lots of highly innovative and colourful street theatre. Celebrated women’s street theatre company, Circo Rum Ba Ba, brings The Crow House, a silent movie-inspired show using acrobatics, silks trapeze artistry, hat juggling, musical saw and harp playing, puppetry, audience participation and slap-stick comedy! A derelict house appears in the middle of City Park and…

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Jimmy Carr returns to Bradford for Greatest Hits Tour

One of the most prolific joke-tellers of recent times, Jimmy Carr returns to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford on his mammoth UK tour like no other on Sunday 11 June 2017, 8pm. With an astonishingly vast repertoire and lightning-sharp delivery honed from fifteen years at the top, Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new…

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