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Local acts to shine in free festival

Bradford city centre streets will ring out to the sounds of free live performances, street parades, workshops and music this Saturday thanks to Bradford Council and a host of local artists

Local talent will reveal their hidden skills, from poetry to plate spinning at Top of Town’s Got Talent (1-4pm, Oastler Square).

The show will be compared by Bradford’s Mysti Valentine and Scott Vipond-Clarke from Shipley-based arts company, Q20.

Members of the public will be able to sign up and perform on the day with registration open from 12 noon.

The fun continues with the April Fools’ Wacky Cycle Challenges (1-4pm, Oastler Square) where families can try out a range of unusual bicycles including reverse bikes which go backwards when you pedal forwards, tiny ‘monkey bikes’, tall ‘over-sized’ and companion bikes.

Budding cyclists will take to the streets in colourful decorated bikes at the Spring Flower Cycle Parade (3-4pm, Ivegate, Kirkgate, Darley Street, Oastler Square, North Parade and Cheapside) which has been organised by Bradford, Capital of Cycling.

Bradford’s cutting edge arts company, The Brick Box, will stage their highly successful ‘indoor woodland’ and performance space.

Wild Woods in Bloom (4 – 9pm, Wild Woods, Darley Street) celebrates the new season with colourful and interactive installations, live performances from a host of exciting local talent, amazing workshops, family fun and games, and delicious food.

School children from Copthorne, Horton Park, Westminster Church of England and Eastwood Community primary schools will join local Asian drumming artists, Punjabi Roots to drum up a storm in a bright, colourful and high energy performance with explosive live dhol drumming and beautiful dancers in Balle!! Balle!! (6-7pm, Wild Woods, Darley Street).

Bradford city centre’s streets will be filled with the spiritual and therapeutic rhythms from Eastern Nigeria as local master drummer, Moses Ekebusi teaches people to drum in free workshops (9:30am, Cecil Green Arts, Darley Street).

The entertainment and workshops are part of the Creative Streets festival which runs from 11 March to 30 April.

Admission is free.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Creative Streets continues to be lots of fun and we’re inviting everyone to come into Bradford to enjoy the free workshops and entertainment.

“This project is part of our on-going support designed to attract more people into the ‘top of town’ area of Bradford city centre and support the businesses in that area.”

For further information visit: www.facebook.com/CreativeStreetsBd

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