Free Arts And Entertainment Festival To Open In Bradford
Bradford’s biggest and brightest festival opens in Bradford City Park this weekend with a flamboyant, colourful and multicultural programme of music, theatre, dance and activities.
Over 350 artists will descend on Bradford to stage more than 50 acts and activities as part of the 2018 Bradford Festival.
More than 20 bands will play an incredibly diverse range of music covering rock, pop and indie, rock n’ roll, folk, Gypsy, bhangra, country and western, soul, funk, brass, jazz , Panjabi, Turkish and Latin music.
Highlights include BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners, The Demon Barbers XL, highly innovative Italian band, Sweet Life Society and emerging Irish band, The Eskies.
This will be backed up with celebrated indie-pop bands CoCo and the Butterfields and Huw Eddy & The Carnival, multinational gypsy folk band, The Odd Beats and Eastern European folk fusion band, Buffo’s Wake.
The Demon Barbers XL
Lancashire-based, The Soul Convicts, will breathe fresh life into hits by James Brown, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Traditional folk band, Anjaana, will play authentic Bhangra, rustic village music, rhythmic dance songs, folk tales and ballads using Panjabi folk instruments.
People can experience BBC Radio 4’s immersive 360-degree, 3D film, “Tell them I’m here!” Quake, Trapped Man and innovative British arts company, Bootworks Theatre will re-create classic pop music videos in a hilarious lip-syncing musical medley in The JukeBoxes.
Sweet Life Society
Highly creative and collaborative Bradford-based arts company, 154 Collective, returns with a new interactive work where participants create music by touching plants in The Musical Botanist.
Festivalgoers can join colourful animatronic characters in Prince Amir and Nazreddin by UK puppet masters, Creature Encounter.
Two players will enter a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize in First Person, an interactive street theatre act by award-winning Lincoln-based company, Zest Theatre.
A swarm of super friendly bees search for a new home in a high impact, interactive, playful show, Waggle Dance by UK street theatre troupe, Egg People.
One of Cardiff’s most exciting, original and eclectic companies, Kitsch & Sync Collective, return to the festival with a roaming interactive street theatre piece, Babs and Stella’s Intergalactic Spectacular.
Dance lovers will enjoy some breathtaking new pieces including Etta Ermini Dance Theatre’s cooking show-themed piece, Culinary Duel and celebrated company, Motionhouse’s large-scale dance, acrobatics and aerial act, Captive.
Set entirely in a six metre tree-like structure, Roots by Highly Sprung is a highly energetic and interactive piece where performers move effortlessly in and around the set using bungees, aerial movement and dance.
Over fifty local artists will offer lots of opportunities for people to have different hands-on experiences and create large collaborative art works.
Performers, Simon Kerrigan and Sian Williams will introduce children to classic Beano characters, Dennis and Gnasher by using puppetry, pranks and clowning in the Mischief Makers Story Performance.
Professional creatives from Hebden Bridge arts company, Handmade Parade, are to show people how to make fabulous colourful working kites.
Everyone in the family can make and keep a colourful rag doll that resembles themselves in creative sessions designed to send out a positive multicultural message in Make Me a Rag Doll by Creative Flair.
Local artists, Musarat Raza and Nasreen Akhtar will help people make dream catchers and Native American headbands using fine beadwork, brightly coloured yarn, delicate feathers and ethnic trimming.
Shipley-based internationally exhibiting artist, Morwenna Catt is to set up a Viking-themed tent where people can make magical runes and colourful flags based on fearsome Nordic myths and legends.
People can sample delicious speciality foods and refreshments including Caribbean, Italian and Asian fare at various food stalls and bars will serve alcoholic drinks from 3pm on Friday.
Several funfairs will offer dodgems, fair rides and bungee trampolines.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Place Portfolio Holder, said: “This year’s Bradford Festival is packed with fantastic things to see and do.
“The colourful and vibrant programme is incredibly varied so there should be something for everyone.
“Admission is free and everyone is welcome.”
For further information and updates, visit www.bradfordfestival.org.uk or follow Bradford Festival on Twitter and Facebook.
Free Arts And Entertainment Festival To Open In Bradford, 11th July 2018, 8:43 AM