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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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Legendary singer Abida Parveen heading to the UK

Hear Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, in this special performance. A Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent, and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (Sufiana kalaam), Parveen is held in high regard as one of the world’s greatest singers. Singing mainly ghazals, her forte is Kafis – a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets. She sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Punjabi and Persian. Trained initially by her father, Ustad Ghulam Haider, she attended…

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Bradford UNESCO City of Film? I don’t think so…

When Bradford was named the world’s first City of Film in the summer of 2009, it is fair to say a few eyebrows were raised. Overcoming competition from Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to win the UN honour, Bradford was officially recognised as UNESCO City of Film. At the time of this prestigious honour in 2009, Bradford played host to the Bradford Film Festival, Bite the Mango International Film Festival and the Bradford Animation Film Festival. Three major film festivals that were serious players in the international annual film calendar….

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X Factor auditions arrive in Bradford

The Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford  will be hosting auditions for the 2017 season of X Factor on April 15th. On the search for the next Olly Murs or Little Mix, the producers of the iconic TV show will be holding open auditions in the centre from 10.30am until 5.30pm. The auditions will be held on a first come, first served basis so candidates are advised to arrive early, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a valid ID with them.  Hopefuls may be asked…

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Nervous ‘Orse: Bradford Band Talk ‘Orse Sense

From their name ‘Nervous ‘Orse’, to the sweeping moors that feature as a backdrop to their video for the song ‘Dead Is The New Alive’, the Bradford based four piece are undeniably influenced by their Yorkshire roots; and with their unique blend of individual musical influences and genres Nervous ‘Orse have created an original and exciting sound that has seen them gain a loyal and growing following, and become firm favourites on the local live circuit. Keen to find out more about the ‘Orse I met up with them ahead…

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