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Bizarre Customs collection to be revealed in Leeds

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. Currently 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…

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Day tickets launched for Bingley Music Live

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. 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…

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International acts headline Bradford Festival this weekend

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. 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,…

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Flamboyant street theatre line-up for festival

Bradford Council is set to stage a host of colourful, creative and flamboyant street theatre acts at the Bradford Festival in July. Award-winning British acts will perform alongside high quality local creations at the free festival which attracted over 150,000 people to Bradford city centre last year. Award winning British theatre troupe, Ramshacklicious bring a new act featuring trombone, tuba, baritone ukulele and electronic drums with clowning, puppetry, fire and pyrotechnics. Mr. & Mr. Burn is an explosive, chaotic and offbeat double act where anything can and probably will go…

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Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to transform Bradford’s Lister Park and City Park

Award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi will transform Bradford’s Lister Park and City Park with a major new outdoor commission inspired by the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War. Garden Within A Garden, which will be on display from 22 June, has been co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Bradford Council and Yorkshire Festival 2016. Imran, who lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, is arriving in Bradford this week to start planning his work. Lahore, Pakistan, lies within…

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Over 1400 local artists set to showcase their talents at this year’s Bradford Festival

Over 1400 local artists both young and old are set to showcase their talents alongside national and international acts at this year’s Bradford Festival. The Bradford Council organised festival opens on Friday, 8 July with over a 1000 young artists from local schools staging an eight hour programme of music and specially created musical and dance pieces. Highlights will include the district’s top youth ensemble, the Bradford Youth Orchestra who will perform a Bollywood dance version of Bizet’s opera Carmen, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, a…

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Colourful acts announced for Bradford Festival

Bradford Council has confirmed the first acts for the 2016 Bradford Festival which will be staged in July. Known for its colourful range of street theatre, music, dance and activities, this year’s festival (8-10 July) should have something for everyone. Dance lovers will be treated to a quirky new piece by celebrated New Zealand choreographer, Corey Baker. Featuring an iconic vintage red telephone box, an athletic solo performer and an exhibition of precarious manoeuvres, Phone Box promises to be vibrant and energetic, surprising and fun, with lots of opportunity for…

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Eighteen more acts join the line-up for Bingley Music Live 2016

Eighteen more incredible acts, including Sigala, Lightning Seeds, All Saints, Black Grape and We Are Scientists, are the latest acts to join the line-up for Bingley Music Live 2016. The Myrtle Park festival, which takes place 2-4 September, already boasts headliners Tinie Tempah, Travis, Echo and the Bunnymen and Sigma. The headlining act on Friday 2 September are Echo and the Bunnymen, who are set to thrill the crowd with hits such as Nothing Lasts Forever, The Cutter, The Killing Fields and Bring On The Dancing Horses. Joining them are…

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X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke heading to the Alhambra

Jamie Wilson and Leicester Curve are delighted to announce a brand new production of the musical comedy SISTER ACT directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and starring Alexandra Burke as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’. Sister Act comes to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Monday 20 February 2017 for one week only. Craig said; “I am truly thrilled that Alexandra is going to be our leading lady in this all new production of Sister Act. Alexandra is such a fantastic singer and actress that I know she is going to be…

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SUGGS: My Life Story in Words & Music

Madness front-man Graham McPherson brings his show Suggs: My Life Story to King’s Hall, Ilkley on Monday 25 April. Tickets have nearly sold out for this hilarious, yet moving, one-man tour de force, which has played to rave reviews. The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggered a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970’s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The…

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