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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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Hip Hop Artist using music to get people talking about mental health and suicide prevention

A musician from York with Radio Plays on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra ‘Kritikal Powers’ has joined forces with Golden Firs, a singer song writer who has supported the likes of James Bay and Emeli Sandé, to create a powerful song with a positive message that ‘it is ok to speak about mental health’. The song will be available to buy on all online platforms including iTunes and Apple Music to raise money in aid of national UK charity PAPYRUS that exists to give young people hope and to prevent…

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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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