Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Arts & Entertainment


Womenzone has recently secured a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £69,900 for an exciting heritage project, Loving Grannies Music, in Bradford. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the origins of South Asian folk music, a tradition that has changed over time in modern day Britain.

LGM Launch Event Flyer FRONTTraditionally women recited folk songs and passed them down from generation to generation and there is a wide range of folk songs for every occasion from birth and weddings to festivals, fairs and religious ceremonies.

Thanks to National Lottery players the project will enable local young people to learn about their heritage by documenting stories of women who migrated from the South Asian subcontinent to Bradford in 1960s and ‘70s to capture their memories of first arriving in a cold, damp and often hostile environment. During this time many women felt socially isolated with no extended family and friends close by and often they would make connections with other women from similar backgrounds through these special occasions that involved reciting folk songs.

Womenzone will be hosting a community launch event on Sunday 15 May 2016, 2-6pm, for local people to find out more about the project and how to get involved. The event will include a live performance by renowned singer Shabnam Khan who will take audiences on a journey to discover the roots of traditional South Asian folk music.


Now in its fifth year, the Golden Owl Awards showcase Leeds’ budding film talent with a glittering ceremony planned to take place in the city centre on 31 March.

Organised and run by a partnership of Leeds Young Film Festival, Leeds City Council Artforms, and Armley-based communications agency Vista, the awards welcomed entries from individuals, schools and community groups aged 3-19 years all around the city, with a record number received this year.

Entries ranged from stop motion animation to live action, and horror to comedy, and all of the films were judged by a panel of Northern film experts including Casualty screenwriter Mark Catley and Leeds Beckett University’s Northern Film School Director Larra Anderson.

The Golden Owl Awards will roll out the red carpet on 31 March 2016 at Leeds Town Hall, with all entrants invited to attend the mini Oscars-style ceremony.

The black-tie event will screen and applaud all the shortlisted film entries, with the overall winners invited to the stage to receive their trophies from celebrities and VIPs from the film, civic, education and business worlds (plus a few surprises they’re keeping under wraps!)

James Wilkins, MD at Vista, says of the awards: “In the past five years we’ve worked with almost 10,000 young people and invested over £1 million into our local community. Our team believes that championing creative talent is key to the success of our industry, and that’s something the Golden Owls has succeeded in doing. This is a fantastic project and it’s great to see more entries than ever before, showing off the wealth of young talent we have in the North of England.”

Sarah Westaway, Head of Arts Development at Artforms says: “This year we are delighted to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards.

“Each year the awards grow from strength to strength and we are very impressed by the quality of the films entered from schools, groups and individuals from all over the city.

“This annual event set in the magnificent Town Hall celebrates and showcases the creativity, hard work and enthusiasm of our young filmmakers in Leeds.”

Debbie Maturi, Director of Leeds Young Film Festival, says: “Once again delighted to showcase the talent, creativity and commitment of the young people of Leeds; it will be a fantastic closing event for what is set to the biggest and best Leeds Young Film Festival ever.

“It’s also a great testament to the value film adds to young people’s lives, from film watching, to programming to making and we want to support individuals and schools to continue to reap the rewards.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Golden Owl Awards will once again be giving some of the city’s best and brightest young film talent the chance to showcase their work.

“Leeds has a great track record of nurturing creative talent and a rich history in the film industry and it’s wonderful that we can continue that tradition with these awards.”



Bradford Indy band Kascarade are gearing up to launch their new album “The start of it all” at a gig at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Great Horton Road, on Saturday 30th April.

The band, formed five years ago, will be playing the full list of tracks from the album which has been made possible thanks to funding support from Brighouse-based metalworking firm Arkoni.

imagejh1The new album cover has been released and features a night time view of Godwin Street in Bradford City Centre looking towards the Odeon building.

Lead vocalist Maf Milnes, one of the band’s founding members, commented “We’re Bradford born and bred and have always been proud of that fact.

“The album features a number of songs directly relevant to the city and we opted for an image that reflects the fast changing pace of life of Bradford.

“We’ve spent the last five years building up a solid portfolio of songs and performing at many iconic music venues and festivals across Yorkshire. We’ve been working on the album for around a year at our Thornton Road studios and we’re delighted with it. We hope it will go down well!

“It’s great to have the financial support of Arkoni. It’s allowed us to acquire the latest sound recording technology which adds a real professional edge to the whole project.

“We’d love 2016 to be our breakthrough year and are actively talking with festivals, promoters and record producers with a view to increasing our profile. I’m biased but I believe we put out some great music and we just want to share it with a wider audience,” added Maf.

A few tickets still remain for “The start of it all” priced at £5 from www.kascarade.com


The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed on leedsyoungfilm.com and features over a week of the best international films, animations, workshops and masterclasses.

LYFF16 takes place from 24-31 March 2016 at venues across the city, inviting young people and their families to discover a whole new world of cinema.

LYFF16 is lead by the newly launched Animation Central, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Taking place at Carriageworks Theatre over Easter weekend, Animation Central is a four-day programme of hands-on activity for young people aged 5-15, and forms the UK’s only dedicated event for young people and their families to create animation and digital projects using the latest technology.

It will feature workshops and masterclasses by artists behind Clangers, Bob The Builder, Mr Bean and Peppa Pig, as well as a special BAFTA Kids Adventure Time preview, and Minecraft, Lego Animation, Stop Motion and Blender Digital Effects workshops.

The programme has been co-curated by animator David Bunting, whose credits include Thunderbirds, The Tigger Movie and Shaun the Sheep.

The festival will also present the very best in new and classic cinema from around the world for young people, with short and feature films from 60 different countries.

Leeds Town Hall will be host to an opening night preview of Disney’s Zootropolis (Thursday 24 March, 6.00pm), as well as reprise screenings of both Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens and a double bill of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 on its giant screen, which makes it one of the largest screening venues in the North.

The Animation Central film programme will showcase a selection of animated feature favourites, including Frozen Sing-a-long, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.

The city’s iconic Edwardian cinema The Hyde Park Picture House will feature a whole week of international cinema, including a closing preview of Selma Hayek-produced The Prophet.

Based on the popular poem anthology, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, the anticipated anthology film from Lion King director Roger Allers will screen on Thursday 31st March, 6.00pm with a live Skype Q&A from segment director Tomm Moore, Oscar-nominated in 2015 for both The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

The Hyde Park Picture House programme also includes a late evening 30th anniversary screening of James Cameron’s classic Aliens in partnership with Creatures of the Night; documentary He Named Me Malala, about a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate targeted by the Taliban; a selection of the best films from Leeds International Film Festival (Assassination Classroom, Breaking A Monster, Crow’s Egg); and 25th Anniversary Screenings of Delicatessen and Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs.

Together with Sneaky Experience LYFF16 will present two live cinema productions for older viewers. Leeds Town Hall will once again be transformed into The Film House for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for Grown-Up Kids, and will invite audiences to enrol in the Shawshank State Penitentiary for all-time favourite The Shawshank Redemption.



Bingley Music Live is putting its feelers out for music’s next big thing with its annual ‘Emerging Talent’ contest.

The Myrtle Park 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 a platform to play on the same stages as international platinum-selling artists.

The Bradford Council-run festival has teamed up with The Exchange arts venue in Keighley to host the competition which will take place over April and May to find the best artists and bands in the north of England.

Organisers of the festival, who have recently announced their first wave of acts – Echo & The Bunnymen, Travis, Tinie Tempah and Sigma – are looking for outstanding unsigned acts to open the festival, which takes place on the weekend of 2 and 4 September.

The format of the competition remains the same as previous years, except this year applicants are asked to perform three original tracks plus one David Bowie cover of their choice as a tribute to the music legend who died earlier this year.

Applications will be whittled down to a shortlist of 24 artists/bands that will be drawn into four heats. One act from each heat will go through to play in the final and will be joined by four other acts from across the heats. The eight acts will battle it out in the final and four acts will be selected to play at the festival. All winning acts will be determined by a panel of judges.

Applications are now open with all details of the competition and application forms available from the festival website. The closing date for applications is 7 April.

Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “This competition is an excellent opportunity for many of our local unsigned bands and artists to get their music heard to a wider audience. We have some fantastic talent in the area and I’m sure this year’s competition will unearth the best.”

Michael Watmough representing The Exchange said: “We’re delighted to be partnering up with Bingley Music Live again at The Exchange for what is the third year. It’s a pleasure to be part of this series of events and to help make sure the high quality of the north’s music scene is represented at a superb music festival.”

Tickets for this year’s festival are available from Ticketline via www.bingleymusiclive.com

by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

A captivating and enlightening celebration of influential senior women in Britain, the 100 Leading Ladies project, by photographer Nancy Honey, currently on display at Bradford’s Cartwright Hall Art Gallery (the first venue to show the project outside London) offers an inspirational and insightful look into the lives and achievements of these prominent, ground breaking and often gender-stereotype defying women.

Germaine GreerNancy Honey spent two years photographing women from all walks of life, and a wide range of industries, from athletes to academics, and scientists to activists – but who all share two things in common; firstly they each are, or were formerly, leaders in their own particular field, and secondly they are all aged 55 or over.

The exhibition features some well-known, recognisable faces such as Professor Germaine Greer and Dame Harriet Walter CBE; along with others such as Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE and Professor Parveen Kumar CBE, whose faces may not be so familiar to us, but whose work has undoubtedly changed the world we live in, and blazed a trail for future generations of women.

The women were each invited to choose the setting for their portrait, selecting a place that is uniquely inspirational to them. As a viewer I felt that the diversity of the individual settings added to the photographs deeply personal and characterful feel. Some places appeared tranquil, whereas others were busy and vibrant, some intrigued me, and there were several which challenged my own perceptions of the women in the photographs. However, although they Haleh Afshar web sizeelicited a whole host of different reactions from me, I found them all to be equally engaging.

In addition to the portraits, as part of the project, the women were also interviewed by former Times journalist Harriet Garlick. Offering a more in-depth insight into the lives of each woman the interviews have been compiled alongside the portraits in the 100 Leading Ladies book, which accompanies the exhibition.

To read sample interviews, view the complete list of the 100 Leading Ladies, or for more information about the project and its aims please visit: www.100leadingladies.com

The exhibition runs at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery until Sunday 10th April 2016. Admission is free.

For details of opening hours and further information to help plan your visit go to www.bradfordmuseums.org or call 01274 431212


Comedian Norman Pace will be joining the cast of the smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Show joined by Coronation Street star Charlie Condou who both share the legendary role of The Narrator when The Rocky Horror Show arrives in Bradford.

Norman Pace, one half of comedy duo Hale and Pace, has become an accomplished actor in his own right, with guest lead roles in BBC’s Casualty and ITV’s The Last Detective. He made his West End debut as ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago in 1999 and has since gone on to perform in the UK tours of Honk, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Satin ‘N’ Steel, Breakfast With Johnny Wilkinson, Donkeys Ears, Our Man In Havana, Dry Rot, Charley’s Aunt, Annie Get Your Gun and most recently One Man Two Guvnors.

Charlie Condou is best known for playing Marcus Dent in Coronation Street for four years and his successful column ‘The Three of Us’ in The Guardian. Charlie Condou will be slipping his suspenders back on for two performances on Friday 18 March.

X Factor finalist and star of the stage version of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Diana Vickers will star in the role of Janet Weiss. Emmerdale actor, Ben Freeman, will play the role of Brad Majors. S Club 7 star, Paul Cattermole will join Diana and Ben, playing the role of Eddie and Dr. Scott. Liam Tamne, who shot to fame in Series two of The Voice, has now been cast in the iconic role of Frank N Furter. Following his huge success in over 900 performances of the 40th Anniversary Global Tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Kristian Lavercombe returns as Riff Raff.

This musical extravaganza features all of its famous musical classics including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time-Warp.

The Rocky Horror Show was first performed on 19 June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre and continues to break box office records around the world, currently selling out in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Austria. It tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their former college professor. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.

Many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past four decades. Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. Be warned, this show has rude parts!


The big countdown to Bingley Music Live 2016 has begun with the launch of new ticket deals and, for the first time ever, on-site camping.

This year, organisers of the Bradford Council-run festival, held on 2-4 September, in Bingley’s Myrtle Park, are operating a two-tier ticketing system. This will apply to adult, teen and child weekend tickets. It means that the earlier people buy their tickets, the less they pay.

AroundTheSite1-BingleyMusicLive2009-GS-5A limited number of Tier 1 weekend tickets (access to all three days) are now on sale. These are priced at £55 plus booking fee for adults (aged 16+); £49 plus booking fee for teen (12-15 years) tickets and £35 plus booking fee for child (3-11 years) tickets. Under 3s have free entry. Teens and children will also need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Tier 2 weekend tickets will go on sale once all Tier 1 tickets have sold out.

Alternatively, festival goers can spread the cost by signing up to a payment plan. This is available for weekend tickets only. More details of the payment plan and the terms and conditions for all tickets are on the website – bingleymusiclive.com

For the first time ever, there will be the option of camping on the festival site, as well as the usual campsites. The meadow over the river at the rear of Myrtle Park has been set aside for campers). For camping tickets and information on the campsite see website.

Last year’s event was a runaway success and featured acts including James, Labrinth, Ash, Super Furry Animals and Ella Eyre. The first three headliners of this year’s BML are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

The organisers have also announced that as a tribute to David Bowie, the musician, actor and producer who died in January, this year’s fancy dress theme will be based on the star.

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: “Following on from the success of last year’s event, people can expect more big names for 2016. The tiered ticket system and payment plan give people lots of choices for how to pay for this year’s event and ensures they get the best possible value for money.”


It’s the clash of the soaps in Bradford next spring as John Partridge (ex-EastEnders) and Hayley Tamaddon (ex-Coronation Street) go head to head in the international award-winning musical Chicago at the Alhambra Theatre from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 April 2016.

Perhaps best known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders, John Partridge takes on the role of smooth talking lawyer Billy Flynn employed by the husband of chorus girl Roxie Hart, played by actress Hayley Tamaddon aka Coronation Street’s Andrea Beckett, to clear his wife of murder. The duo are aided and abetted by real-life former prison officer and winner of the 10th series of The X Factor Sam Bailey as Mama Morton.

And so begins this tale of “murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”… based on real life events in the roaring 1920s.

Chicago opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 18 November 1997 to rave reviews, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Musical Production’ as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for ‘Best Musical’, and immediately became a sell-out hit running for 15 years. It is currently playing in New York where it holds the record as the longest running musical revival and also the second longest running musical in Broadway history.

Call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk

Tickets: £43 – £21.50
*All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres usual terms and conditions apply.



dilipkumarbday28India’s most celebrated actor Dilip Kumar, known to many as the greatest Indian actor ever, turns 93 today.

Born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, now Pakistan, in 1922, Kumar was given his stage name by the noted Hindi novelist Baghwati Chari Varma. Kumar’s first taste of what the world would eventually know as the ‘Bollywood’ film industry can in 1947 with Jugnu, a musical drama featuring Pakistani diva Noor Jehan and released, coincidentally, at the time of Partition. Eschewing the cinema of his homeland, Kumar, still only in his mid-20s, remained in India and gained a reputation as a naturalistic actor. His growing reputation was further established in S.U. Sunny’s Babul (1950) and especially in Mehboob Khan’s inspirational Aan (1952).

The public increasingly recognised in Kumar a versatile actor who could tackle any role.

maxresdefault (2)His greatest performance as tragedian par excellence came courtesy of Devdas – a blistering and affecting adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic tale of lost romance that would transform him from jobbing actor to the darling of 1950s Indian cinema.

Kumar continued to dominate the Indian box office during the 1960s, and, in the 1970s, he married Saira Bano, his frequent co-star on a succession of films including Gopi (1970) and Bairaag (1976).

bigb-dilip-kumar-shakti759Whether playing obsessed lovers, impoverished writers, timid peasants or noirish criminals, Kumar’s fearlessness and versatility as actor, writer and producer is evident in more than 60 films spread over almost 60 years. Kumar was the first recipient of India’s Film Fare Award for Daag (1953) and went on to win on seven other occasions – the last time for Ramesh Sippy’s Shakti in 1982 – 29 years later.

Now 93, Dilip Kumar is a living legend in Hindi cinema and resides in the Parli Hill suburb of Mumbai, India with his wife, Saira Bano.

Here’s wishing Dilip Kumar a Happy 93rd Birthday!