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Bradford celebrates 1st anniversary of the opening of its Hockney Gallery

Bradford will be celebrating the 1st anniversary of the opening of a permanent gallery dedicated to the world famous Bradford-born artist David Hockney, with a series of events this weekend. The Hockney Gallery at Bradford Council’s Cartwright Hall which opened on 7 July 2017, just two days before David’s 80th birthday, will host the events on the weekend of 7 and 8 July. To coincide with the celebration a painting by the artist, which was voted the nation’s favourite painting in 2014, is going on display at the gallery. Hockney’s…

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Colourful street theatre line-up headed for Bradford Festival

Bradford City Park is set to burst into life in summer with a quirky programme of colourful and entertaining street theatre suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.  Innovative British arts company, Bootworks Theatre will re-create classic pop music videos in a hilarious lip-syncing musical medley in The JukeBoxes. Using props, masks, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs, the kitsch duo animate celebrity pop-stars from past and present. The Beatles, Sinead O’Connor, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Adele all make cameos, and people will be encouraged to sing…

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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. The 2018 festival will feature over 20 musical acts, 16 street theatre shows, five dance pieces and 13 workshops.  The Council will stage lots of highly innovative and colourful street theatre during the festival. Brilliantly creative Bradford arts organisation, The Brick Box will perform The Little Bubble which has been developed specifically for City Park. People will be able to relax and rejuvenate in a very special durational ‘spa’ experience. Water diviners and…

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Lightning Seeds, Melanie C, Spector and many more added to Bingley Music Live

A second wave of artists have been added to the Myrtle Park Line-up completing 2018’s event as phase two weekend tickets go on sale. Bingley Music Live organisers, Bradford Council,  have announced a new wave of artists today adding to an already stellar line-up including Noel Gallagher, Shed Seven and Jake Bugg as festival headliners. The organisers of the event, which based in Bradford Council-run Bingley’s Myrtle Park across the weekend of 31 August to 2 September, made the announcement as the second wave of weekend tickets were released. Liverpool…

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Bingley Music Live 2018 breaks records as fastest selling year to date

Almost three quarters of weekend tickets for Bingley Music Live have been sold since the line-up was announced. Organisers of Bingley Music Live are urging people not to leave it too late to get tickets, as sales break all previous records. Bradford Council, who run the festival, which takes place on 29 August – 2 September in Bingley’s Myrtle Park, has confirmed ticket sales have broken all previous festival records just a week after their first line-up announcement. After much anticipation BML’s line-up was announced on 29 March to the…

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Easter at Cliffe Castle

Easter at Keighley’s Cliffe Castle will be extra special this year at the newly restored museum and park. To celebrate the much loved rabbits and guinea pigs moving into their new homes, an Animal Fun Day is planned for Saturday, 31 March from 12noon until 4pm. These animals will be joined by the worth valley ferret welfare racing team and a selection of reptiles from Shipley shop Into The Wild. The following weekend sees a free circus skills workshop, where everyone is invited to try their hand at juggling, stilt…

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Hunt on for best Yorkshire bands as Bingley Music Live launches its ‘Emerging Talent’ contest

Ahead of announcing this year’s headliners, Bingley Music Live is once again on the hunt for music’s next big thing with the launch of its annual ‘Emerging Talent’ competition. The Bradford Council-run festival, billed as the ‘North’s Last Party of the Summer’, has gained a reputation of supporting up-and-coming artists. This year will be no exception, as they give unsigned acts the chance to play on the same stages as international mega stars. The Myrtle Park festival has once again teamed up with The Exchange arts venue in Keighley to…

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CULTURAL ICONS AND CREATIVE LEADERS BACK BRADFORD ODEON FUNDING BID

A collective of world-renowned artists and leading Bradford cultural figures have urged the Culture Secretary to award Bradford Odeon significant funding from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. Presenter and comedian Dara Ó Briain, Bradford-born Actor Timothy West, and award-winning director Clio Barnard are among 30 prominent figures in entertainment and the creative industries who have signed an open letter to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, calling on him to back Bradford Odeon’s bid for funding and support Bradford’s creative industries. The letter has also been signed by representatives of Bradford’s…

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Flashdance – The Musical comes to The Alhambra Theatre 3 to 7 April 2018

Flashdance – The Musical returns to the UK for the first time since 2011 starring Strictly favourite Joanne Clifton and singer-songwriter Ben Adams. Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including…

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Through Her Father’s Lens Exhibition – Nabeelah Hafeez

Nabeelah Hafeez brings her experience of growing up in the Pakistani community in Bradford to Kala Sangam, through images and words captured by Nabeelah and her late father the Poet Mohammed Hafeez Johar. When the late Bradford based poet Mohammad Hafeez Johar passed away one of his prized possessions – a pentax camera – was gifted to his daughter Nabeelah Hafeez, a promising poet in her own right. Through my Father’s Lens brings together poetry from both father and daughter in both English and Urdu. These words will be accompanied…

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