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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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Fascinating objects found during St George’s Hall refurbishment

Some fascinating objects have been found during the refurbishment of St George’s Hall in Bradford. Workers carrying out the £8.5 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed building have found several interesting objects tucked away including a handbill from 1871 promoting a programme of Saturday Night Entertainment, which was printed by J Clegg Printer by Steam Power, Infirmary Street, Bradford. The programme for the evening included Madam Tonnelier performing songs in character from the Grand Duchess, as well as a line-up of music and sketches including Irish and Scottish songs…

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Acclaimed Bradford-raised choreographer Balbir Singh returns to the city for the first time in a decade

Having grown up amongst the many rich cultures of Manningham in Bradford, Balbir Singh left the city to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance before forging an internationally renowned career creating work that fuses traditional south Asian art and contemporary dance and music. The company is renowned for its ability to engage audiences who have little or no previous experience of the performing arts. This double bill is a perfect introduction to dance and the ideal alternative Christmas night out! On Saturday 16th December Kala Sangam is delighted to…

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World renowned Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam to perform in Bradford

Kala Sangam and Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum present a rare opportunity to see not one, but two superstars of world music in Bradford. Ahead of a concert by the greatest classical Indian violinist Dr L Subramaniam, Mrs Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam will make a special guest appearance to perform a welcome song to open the event. Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam is the recipient of four Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer awards. Accolades for her include the “Best Singer of the Millennium” award at the Stardust Millennium 2000 Awards,…

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Iconic Indian violinist on his way to Bradford

India’s violin icon, Dr L. Subramaniam will be performing live at the Pictureville Cinema with Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum on Saturday 25th November. A former childhood prodigy, Dr L. Subramaniam has produced and performed on close to two hundred recordings, collaborating with some of the greatest names in both Indian and Western music including Yehudi Menuhin, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. The founder/director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, the biggest global music festival in India, he has composed music for classical orchestras, ballets and award-winning feature…

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