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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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Bradford’s North Parade welcomes new live music venue

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,…

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Calling all toy experts! Toy Testers required at the Broadway

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…

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