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Arts & Entertainment

Bradford’s North Parade is welcoming a new live music venue to the many popular bars and cafes that have proved such a hotspot in recent years thanks to the City Growth Zone fund.

Wireless Bar is a new venture set up by long standing friends Lee Fergus and Richard Emsley which will promote the great local talent that exists in the area.

As well as enjoying the sounds of bands and solo artists, customers can enjoy an excellent choice of real ales and craft beers from local breweries.

The bar, which has benefited from Bradford Council’s City Growth Zone funding, will be opening shortly, creating 4 new jobs.

Creating jobs is an essential criteria to be granted either a capital grant or business rates relief under the City Centre Growth Zone fund.

Sunbridge Wells tunnels was the latest project to benefit from this incentive, which has proved extremely popular, with customers flocking from right across the region to visit this highly unusual and unique destination.

The tunnels, offering shops and bars in this underground complex, have proved a great boost to the city.

Many other cafes and bars have made great additions to Bradford’s leisure economy. In various parts of the city, over 30 different leisure and hospitality venues in the city centre have received funding.

They include Cafe Jinnah in the Gatehaus in Leeds Road; the Guzelian cafe in Church Bank; the award-winning Brew Haus in Windsor Baths, Morley Street, and Rakkaposhi in Ebenezer Street.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “It’s really good to see the night-life booming in Bradford, and also to see cafes popping up and catering for a wide variety of tastes all over the city centre.”

In all over 200 businesses have received funding from the Scheme since its launch in 2012.

For more information about the City Centre Growth zone, please contact Jacqueline Ramdeen, Development Officer, on 01274 433957.

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The Broadway is on the hunt for a team of secret elves to test toys and let shoppers know which gifts will be ‘must haves’ for Bradford children this Christmas.

This Saturday, 22nd October, a Secret Test Workshop will appear at The Broadway for one day only, and visitors from the North Pole will recruit children to help them carry out tests on the hottest toys available this Christmas. Parents and guardians are also invited to see which toys are met with the best reactions.

Any child can take part in the event, and their opinions will be polled to help The Broadway to compile an essential list of Bradford children’s favourite toys. The workshop opens at 11am, and the first children to share their expertise will be specially invited guests from Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity, The Broadway’s chosen charity partner. From 11.30, the workshop will be open to the public.

Ian Ward, General Manager of The Broadway, said: “We’ve worked with our retailers and a top team from the North Pole to gather the best toys set to hit the shelves this Christmas, but we are too old to know what to do with them. We’re calling on all kids in the area to come along to The Broadway, play with all of the latest gadgets, gizmos and thingamebobs, and tell us what they think of them.

“We are so lucky that these mysterious visitors from the icy north have chosen The Broadway to carry out their testing this year, and can’t wait to welcome them into the shopping centre. We think our findings will also be really useful for parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and any other oldies who struggle to work out which toys will bring the biggest smiles on Christmas Day. We’ll be announcing the top ten toys as voted for by the children of Bradford next week.”

Secret Agent Saturday is part of a series of Super Saturdays running at The Broadway throughout October. The final event, Spooky Saturday, will take place on 29th October, followed by The Broadway’s first birthday party and Christmas light switch-on on 5th November.

 

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There’s a gathering of ghosts, ghouls and other grisly spirits descending on Eureka! The National Children’s Museum this Halloween from 22 to 31 October 2016, but don’t be too scared to visit as there will be a Ghostbuster on hand too!

Eureka! is also trying something new from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October Eureka! with 9am opening to help local visitors avoid the longer queues that start to build from 11am.

mhvbhkoyhoiuhIf you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost, strap your proton pack on and join the Eureka! Ghostbuster on a ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls. Visit the haunted mansion to explore your spookier side and listen to scary(ish) stories and get your grisly groove on with some truly terrifying dancing every single day this half term.

All blood-curdling activities are included in the price of admission and free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders.

Situated in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Eureka! has over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them. Visit to discover, imagine, experiment and above all have fun! The Museum has six unique zones to discover, each with a different theme to explore. Each zone is packed with equipment to explore, activities to do, and buttons to press. From science experiments to interactive shows, it’s a different Eureka! experience every time.

For visitor information call 01422 330069, visit www.eureka.org.uk, become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Eureka! is open 10am–5pm at weekends, during half-terms and holidays. Term-time Eureka! is open 10am –4pm Tuesday – Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on term-time Mondays and between 24-26 December.

Staff from Bradford Council’s in-house catering service (Facilities Management) will be swinging into action in support of the World Curry Festival, which is taking place in locations in Bradford and Leeds from 15 – 29 September.

The service’s headquarters at Laisterdyke feature a large central production unit, where FM Staff produce thousands of meals per day for school children across the district.

But this week, it is the internationally renowned Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi and his specialist support team that will be using the facilities to produce the festival’s opening gala dinner. The gala dinner is a black tie event taking place at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September, with a banquet themed around the “Great British Curry” to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

FM staff will provide the logistical support to get the banquet to the venue and other additional support to chef Oberoi’s team.

There will be an exciting array of dishes available to buy from the many food vendors lining Broadway on the opening weekend of the festival. Among them will be delicious examples from a new Street Food range that has been specifically designed by FM for the secondary schools market, which will be served up by more volunteers from FM catering on these days.

And it doesn’t end there, as FM staff will be supporting the cookery classes for children taking place at Kala Sangam Arts Centre as part of the Festival’s opening weekend over the 17-18 September. They have also organised a “Create A Curry” competition for schools, where the winning dish could appear on schools menus across the district.

In recognition of the valuable input from the FM catering service, Chef and TV celebrity Amir Iqbal from Karachi in Pakistan will be delivering Masterclass training sessions specifically for the benefit of FM catering staff from both schools and from the Laisterdyke CPU itself.

Commenting on this activity, Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, said: “I know how hard our school catering staff work to provide local school children with high-quality, healthy meals. So I’d like to thank them for the enthusiasm they have shown in supporting the World Curry Festival, and helping to ensure that it is a great success, as befits such an event being hosted in the city that has been crowned the curry capital of Britain for a record five times in a row.

The World Curry Festival is a vibrant, fun and fresh event that brings people together in celebration of their love of food, culture and entertainment. Traditionally held over a long weekend, the event has attracted a huge following since it was first established in Leeds in 2010. The festival now takes place in Yorkshire and Malaysia each year.

A full programme of events is available online at www.worldcurryfestival.com

 

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Following two triumphant tours, spectacular show The Glenn Miller Story extends into the autumn and arrives at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October. This extraordinary tale of America’s most famous big band leader stars music legend Tommy Steele.

gmIt’s been seventy years since Glenn Miller vanished over the English Channel as he flew to Paris to entertain the troops during the Second World War. Did he crash? Was he shot down? Will the mystery ever be solved? Featuring a 16 piece orchestra, a full supporting company of performers and dazzling choreography, the story of one of the most iconic musical figures of the 20th century will be told as never before.

Over the past 15 years Bill Kenwright and Tommy Steele regularly get together to talk about the past, present and future. One evening, Bill discovered that his all-encompassing love for Elvis was equal only to Tommy’s adoration for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Bill learned that Tommy is a true devotee; travelling all over the world to hear what remains of the original Orchestral Sounds, and is steeped in the knowledge and the glory of what Glenn Miller did for popular music. Tommy enthused that Glenn changed the face of music from 1939 – 1943 when he was the most popular recording artist in the world.

Three years later at a dinner party celebrating Tommy’s award as the Most Popular Entertainer of All Time at the London Palladium, they came up with The Glenn Miller Story!

Tommy Steele was Britain’s first rock ‘n’ roll star. Dubbed the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, he landed his first UK No.1 with Singing the Blues in January 1957, reaching the top spot before Elvis, who didn’t land his until the June that year. The big screen soon beckoned for Tommy, and that same year he filmed The Tommy Steele Story, one of Britain’s great rock ‘n’ roll movies. A soundtrack was released to coincide with the film’s opening and became the first album to reach No.1.

His legendary career includes over twenty hit singles, twelve hit movies and countless award winning stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain. In recent years, Steele has starred as Christmas miser Scrooge in Bill Kenwright’s spectacular production of the festive musical, which enjoyed two successful runs at the world-famous London Palladium. It was a role that also made Steele the theatre’s all-time record breaking performer, having headlined more performances than any other star in the history of the Palladium.

Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright team up again to direct the show, having been at the helm of several award-winning musicals including Blood Brothers, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Choreography is by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer (Top Hat, Evita, Save The Last Dance For Me).

The Glenn Miller Story promises to transport audiences young and old back to the days of the big band, and have them up on their feet jiving.

Please call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk for more information.

 

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is celebrating a funding boost for its Access All Areas project thanks to a generous grant from the Morrisons Foundation. Access All Areas offers free support and activities for disabled children and their families, opening opportunities for a playful day out to families who otherwise might struggle.

hsdbchjThe Morrisons Foundation grant of £15,545 will enable Eureka! to run their regular, free clubs for disabled children and their families for a whole year. The free Super Sunday and Holiday clubs enable groups of families to enjoy a creative play session specifically tailored to the needs of the disabled child, followed by a supported visit around the galleries of the award-winning children’s museum. All club attendees will also receive a free Eureka! annual pass, giving them unlimited visits for a further twelve months.

Eureka!’s Access All Areas project is now in its fifth year, having received both national and international recognition including a VisitEngland Gold Award in 2015 and being chosen as the recipients of a 2016 Charity Award, in part due to their innovative work with disabled children.

The Morrisons Foundation awards grants for charity projects which make a positive difference to people’s lives. Since launching in 2015 the Morrisons Foundation has funded a wide range of projects, supporting charities in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. Charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.co.uk to find out how to apply for a grant.

Trizia Wells, Eureka! Inclusion Manager said

“We’d like to thank The Morrison’s Foundation for this generous grant which means we’ll be able to continue to run our free clubs for a whole year. Our clubs aren’t just about having fun – though that is a big factor – they also give families a much needed opportunity to meet and talk with other families who’ve shared some of their experiences. Our clubs are also a great way for the family as a whole to enjoy a bit of downtime, safe in the knowledge that there is trained support and inclusive facilities close by if needed.”

David Scott, Trustee of the Morrisons Foundation, said

“We’re delighted to have awarded this grant to support Eureka!’s Access All Areas project, which provides an enjoyable, creative environment in which children with disabilities can really flourish.”

 

Britain’s Got Talent stars ‘Boogie Storm’ are once again set to don their iconic Stormtrooper outfits and strut their stuff on a popular city square later this week ahead of two special screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

500_boogiestorm1The dance group will be hoping that the force is strong with them on Friday 29 July when they perform before both the matinee and evening screenings of the blockbuster, which is offering the audience a unique outdoor cinema experience in a specially constructed fully seated auditorium with a large state of the art LED screen installed on the main stage in Millennium Square.

With guests at both showings also getting the chance to come dressed up and have their picture taken with characters from the iconic films, this promises to be an event not to be missed for anyone who loves Star Wars.

Gates for the matinee open at 1pm, with the film starting at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £5 for children (12 and under) and concessions. For the evening showing, gates open at 6.30pm, with the film beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 concessions.

The screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is just one of four iconic movies to be shown on Millennium Square from Wednesday 27 July as part of ‘The Film House on the Square’ programme, put together by Leeds City Council, Leeds Film and Sneaky Experience. Also on offer will be legendary musical ‘Grease’, Superhero spectacular ‘Avengers Assemble’ and the James Bond classic, ‘SkyFall’.

Kicking off the festivities will be Grease on July 27, where visitors will have a chance to travel back to Rydell High and sing along with Danny and Sandy.

As well as grabbing an American style burger from ‘Betsy’ a converted big Yellow high school bus, guests can also have a photo taken in the photo booth and have a go on a couple of traditional old fairground attractions.

Gates for the event open at 6.30pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 concessions.

Next to be given the full outdoor cinematic experience is superhero spectacular Avengers Assemble, which will hit the big screen on July 28. Don’t miss out on chance to interact with some of the costumer characters before watching Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye in action.

Movie-lovers are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite characters, with prizes for the best costume.

Gates open at 1pm, with the film starting at 2pm.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £5 for children (12 and under) and concessions.

James Bond fans can also join the gentleman spy that evening for a showing of Skyfall, which also including cocktails, a mobile casino and an appearance by an iconic Aston Martin, is sure to leave guests both shaken and stirred.

Gates for Skyfall open at 6.30pm, with the film starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £8 concessions.

 

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A weird and wonderful collection of objects seized from smugglers is being revealed in an exclusive museum Twitter tour next week.

The bizarre array of exotic items includes a crocodile head ashtray and a stuffed mongoose in the grip of a hungry snake and was mainly found during raids and searches by UK customs officers.

800_palm-cockatoo1Currently in storage at the state-of-the-art Leeds Discovery Centre, the objects are part of a collection on long-term loan from HM Revenue and Customs, which also includes ivory carvings, turtle shells, rare butterflies and a parrot preserved in a jar of ethanol.

The items were taken from their owners as they breached laws around importing or keeping exotic species or animal products.

Today they are used to teach visitors to the centre at Leeds Dock about animal welfare and respect for the planet’s endangered creatures.

Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries’ curator of natural sciences said: “This is an extraordinary collection of objects and it paints a very vivid picture of the incredible array of items that people try to bring into the UK.

“Whilst some of those people actively try to smuggle objects into the country, many others don’t realise they could also be breaking the law when they return from holiday with turtle shells, carved ivory products or items made from animal skins.

“Buying these sorts of tourist souvenirs encourages the exploitation of rare animals and can worsen the already precarious plight of endangered species worldwide, so the hope is that buy showcasing this collection, we can raise awareness of just how important it is that holidaymakers don’t support that industry.”

800_crocodile-ashtray1While most of the collection was illegally imported into the UK, many of the exotic birds in the collection were taken from a farm in North Yorkshire, where the owner had been keeping them without a licence.

Sadly, many of the birds, including a large Australian cockatoo, subsequently died and were preserved as taxidermy or skeletons, with 45 examples currently in the Discovery Centre’s collection. The owner of the farm was arrested and sent to prison.

Leeds Museums and Galleries has been taking loans of objects from customs since the 1980s.

As well as being used for educational visits, objects on loan in Leeds are also used to train HM Revenue and Customs staff in what to watch out for.

The Leeds Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art museum storage facility which preserves and protects Leeds Museums and Galleries collections.

It hosts visits and behind-the-scenes tours by appointment, which can be booked by contacting the centre on 0113 378 2100 or by email at discovery.centre@leeds.gov.uk

For more details, visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/discoverycentre.aspx

 

With only two months until one of the best UK independent festivals Bingley Music Live day tickets are now on sale.

The Bradford Council-run festival, which takes place 2-4 September boasts an awesome line up including, Echo and the Bunnymen, Tinie Tempah, Travis, Sigma, All Saints, Sigala, We Are Scientists, Black Grape, Peter Hook and the Light, Anne-Marie, Ordinary Boys and many more.

Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers perform at Bingley Music Live 2013, Myrtle Park, Bingley, 1st September 2013.

Headlining on Friday 2 September are Echo and the Bunnymen, who are set to deliver classic hits such as Nothing Lasts Forever, The Cutter, The Killing Fields and Bring On The Dancing Horses.

Joining them are the Lightning Seeds, with Ian Brodie and band with their popular hits like Lucky You, The Life of Riley, Pure and Three Lions.

Revellers will also be treated to a DJ set by Sigala, best known for his number one Easy Love which sampled ABC by The Jackson 5 and hits Sweet Lovin’ and recent single Say You Do featuring Imani Williams who will also be making an appearance.

There will be a special slot dedicated to David Bowie where a number of acts will perform their favourite David Bowie track.

Saturday sees multi-Brit Award winner Tinie Tempah headline the main stage. Following his stellar performance at last weekend’s T in the Park, crowds can expect to see him perform mammoth hits such as Pass Out, Wonderman, Written In The Stars and the Jess Glynne guest track Not Letting Go.

Multi-platinum selling drum and bass duo Sigma are guaranteed to start the mass sing-alongs with their anthemic hits Nobody to Love, Changing co-written with 2015 BML artist Ella Eyre, Glitterball and Coming Home featuring Rita Ora.

Saturday also features former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook and his band who make a welcome return with classics such as Blue Monday and Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Canadian band Barenaked Ladies will air their array of super pop hits like One Week, Brian Wilson, If I had a $1,000,00 and the theme tune to the hit America comedy The Big Bang Theory.

Sunday’s line up includes a return for BML’s 2008 headliners Happy Mondays members Sean Ryder and Bez who will bring a dose of tracks from their Black Grape outfit. The band are most noted for their outrageously clever It’s Great When You’re Straight Yeah album with hits such as Reverend Black Grape and Kelly’s Heroes.

Also appearing on Sunday are We Are Scientists who are regarded as one of the best festival acts on the circuit.

Multi-Brit and MTV Award winning All Saints will join the party on the Sunday night with their huge hits – Under The Bridge, Lady Marmalade, Pure Shores, Black Coffee and the second biggest selling girl group track of all time Never Ever, making the band a must see.

Concluding the festival on Sunday will be one of the biggest acts to hit the UK music scene in the ‘90s, Travis, who are once again at the top of their game following the long awaited return to the British musical landscape.

As well as tracks like 3 Miles High and Animals from their new album expect to hear classics such as Sing, Writing to Reach You, Side, Flowers In The Window, Driftwood and anthem of all anthems Why Does it Always Rain on Me.

A tiered ticket system is in place this year, which means the sooner people buy tickets, the cheaper the price. Tier 1 weekend tickets are now getting low so organisers are urging people to buy soon before stock runs out.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This year’s line up is amazing. With so many great acts across all three days, I’m sure people will have difficulty in choosing which day to get tickets for.

“With the Tier 1 tickets running low I would urge people to get their tickets bought sooner rather that later.”

To see the full line up for both stages visit www.bingleymusiclive.com. Tickets are available on-line via Ticketline on the BML website and at other local outlets.

 

Bradford Council is set to stage a colourful and entertaining programme of high quality local, national and international acts at the Bradford Festival this weekend.

There will be an enormous range of fun things to see and do for young families including flamboyant street theatre, arts and crafts activities, music and dance, and new for this year, poetry, storytelling and readings.

untitled (3)Todmorden-based creators, Spacecadets, will parade their four metre tall, Indian Elephant which will stop for photographs and startle people with a surprise trick up its trunk.

British theatre troupe, Ramshacklicious are to stage Mr. & Mr. Burn, an explosive, chaotic and offbeat double act mixing trombone, tuba, ukulele, and electronic drums with clowning, puppetry and pyrotechnics.

Innovative London troupe, Wet Picnic will perform The Lift where an audience member is invited to step inside and select one of nine different acts.

Planetary by innovative Sheffield theatre troupe, Pif Paf will feature dynamic movement, aerial acrobatics, acting and Russian swing skills performed on a large rotating wheel.

A clever comedy routine featuring contortionism and bottle balancing will be played out on a large half moon slack rope frame in George Orange’s Man on the Moon.

The Rat Race by outdoor puppet company Frolicked, is a darkly funny commentary on modern life told by puppets through the holes in a giant wedge of cheese.

Dance lovers will be treated to a quirky new piece by celebrated New Zealand choreographer, Corey Baker.

Featuring an iconic vintage red telephone box, and an athletic solo performer, Phone Box promises to be vibrant, energetic and surprisingly fun contemporary dance piece.

untitled (2)This year, organisers from Bradford Council have joined forces with the Ilkley Literature Festival to bring a range of new spoken word events to the Bradford Festival.

Internet sensation, Hollie McNish who set the spoken word scene alight gaining millions of YouTube views with her sharp take on modern life, will appear at the Bradford Playhouse.

Some of the UK’s most exciting spoken word performers, beatboxers and DJs will perform on the festival’s temporary gardens stage.

Disk jockeys from DisOriental & No Hands, world record-holding beatboxer and rapper, Testament and BBC 1xtra Words First finalists, Asma Elbadawi and Isaiah Hull will appear alongside local poets Javaad Alipoor, Becky Cherriman, Chijioke Ojukwu, Christian Watson and Rhubarb poets and young poets from London’s Roundhouse Collective.

Highly acclaimed theatre company, Chicken Shop Shakespeare will bring the Bard’s work to life with several pop-up performances across City Park.

The festival’s main stage in Bradford’s Centenary Stage will host a vast range of music from dance, brass, folk, Asian pop and bhangra, ska, jazz and Baulkin gypsy music.

The line up includes dance duo, Sam and The Womp, rousing and energetic folk music by Eastern European band, Paprika and local musicians from the Topic Folk Club in Bradford.

Asian pop sensations, Stereo Nation and Jay Kadn bring an eastern flavour to the music programme whilst ska and reggae lovers will enjoy, London-based, Chainska Brassika and classic 80s roots band, Talisman.

Brilliant, upbeat and comical Leeds-based, Hope & Social will delight festival audiences, and several marching brass bands will surprise people with their strolling music antics.

The festival opens with over a 1000 young artists from local schools staging an eight hour programme of music and specially created musical and dance pieces.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to try out a whole range of arts and crafts including painting, paper craft, calligraphy, poetry, sewing, textile and ceramic tile making, African drumming and chapatti baking.

Children will enjoy storytelling sessions and creative writing workshops.

There will be a large range of international food stalls including Italian wood fired pizza, Chinese noodles, Indian and Caribbean curries, and American hamburgers and donuts.

Craft beers and South American cocktails and mocktails will be served at a pop-up New York style ‘dime bar’.

People will be able to buy locally designed goods and art pieces at Bradford Festival arts market.

The market will include luxurious soaps, bath and beauty products, quirky cushions and other textiles, unique jewellery and accessories and a selection of artwork and prints from local artists.

There will also be a number of funfair rides.

The Bradford Festival opens on Friday 8 July and runs throughout the weekend closing at 8pm on Sunday evening.

Admission is free aside from the Hollie McNich poetry reading which is pay as you feel.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into preparing for the festival this year and it’s going to be a really exciting weekend.

“The festival attracts thousands of people into Bradford city centre and produces a fantastic atmosphere.

“There is a vast range of great things to see and do, and everyone is welcome.”

 

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