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Positive message as Bradford enjoys fun day in City Park
Set up in 2011, the day featured performances from the varied groups that make Bradford their home.
There was a stark contrast to last year’s rainy and windswept event, with the late September sun greeting people of all ages and all backgrounds.
Following an opening parade around the park, the crowd were treated to a display by members of Bradford Jiu Jitsu club who showed their martial arts and self-defence techniques.
Throughout the day the main stage, in front of City Hall, saw a mix of hip hop dance, cheerleading, Bhangra, Reggae and opera, highlighting the diverse make up of the city.
Punjabi Roots, a group that teaches young people both Asian and Western music and dance skills, gave a taster of their courses in their tent, with their drumming providing City Park with a beat to dance to.
Groups as diverse as Incommunities housing provider, the National Media Museum and the city’s numerous churches and charities had set up stalls to explain what they do and raise their profile.
And an art installation/theatre event Pensioner Warehouse entertained crowds from inside the windows of Forster’s Bistro. Performed by Freedom Studios, the show broke down misconceptions about what elderly people are capable of.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain said Bradford had lots to offer, but sometimes even the people who live here needed a reminder of what was great about the city. He said: “This is one of the best events in Bradford’s calendar. The city has a great heritage and is a capital of culture and diversity. A lot of people in Bradford don’t always acknowledge all the good work being done in the city.
“Once people in Bradford change their mindset, then other people outside the city might start to do so.”
Jane Vincent, who set up Positive Bradford in 2011, said: “We’ve had everything from Rasta bands to Polish opera singers, free food, free haircuts, loads of entertainment, a Blue Peter presenter – there was something for everybody!
“Everyone involved – all the big businesses, the college, the university and all the others have been spreading the word so it’s reached masses of people. It’s been a fantastic, positive day for Bradford.”