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Spectacular mini festival to Illuminate Bradford

Bradford Council is to stage several world class acts as part of its Illuminate Bradford mini festival in October.

The free event promises three days of spectacular outdoor evening entertainment including large scale multimedia performances, interactive light installations and colourful street theatre.

Cutting edge 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project will tell the fascinating story of Bradford’s incredibly rich and fascinating history through a high tech light, movement and sound show.

The Luminariun, which has been created specifically for Bradford, will be cleverly beamed into the front of Bradford City Hall’s ornately carved facade.

Award-winning British Asian fusion arts company, Nutkhut, has teamed up with aerial acrobatics specialists, The Dream Engine, to stage a breathtaking new show, Zamana, which means time in Urdu.

The collaboration will feature high energy, dynamic dancers and an aerial acrobat suspended below a huge helium balloon.

Sixteen beautiful and quirky giant lantern sculptures created by master puppet makers, Handmade Parade and Cecil Green Arts, will grace City Park.

Some of the Illuminares sculptures will be over 19 feet tall and will move and interact with the audience.

Festival goers will be encouraged to seek out a number of playful and engaging light installations which will be placed around City Park and Bradford city centre.

People will be encouraged to ‘play’ Illumaphonium, a work combining a beautifully tuned collection of illuminated aluminium chime bars which respond to touch by generating constantly changing patterns of light and sound.

As dusk falls three large translucent sculptures will magically become animated with the audience’s faces, cleverly lip-syncing them to mysterious soundtracks in Talking Heads.

A similar piece, Lightweight will capture and animate people’s faces, projecting them onto an eight foot tall inflatable video sphere which will shine out against the night sky.

Irritating road works will become things of beauty and attraction in Bureau of Silly Ideas, a light installation with subversive silly twists.

The mini festival will also feature a number of colourful and quirky illuminated stilt walkers and roaming jugglers.

Funfair rides will operate in three separate locations and food and drink stalls will sell meals and refreshments.

Illuminate Bradford opens on Friday 13 October in City Park and Bradford city centre.

Admission is free.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This year we are staging something really special.

“Illuminate Bradford is going to be wonderful and is packed with interesting and fun things to see.

“Events of this kind bring people into the city centre and offer our communities important opportunities to share positive experiences together.

“The event is free and everyone is welcome.”

Zamana has been created by Nutkhut for the Mela Partnership and funded by Arts Council England.

For further information and updates visit www.cityparkbradford.com/events and follow @CityParkBd on Facebook and Twitter.

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