Spectacular light shows and aerial performances among upcoming City Park attractions

Spark! will be one of the street theatre acts for the Spellbound show at City Park on Saturday, October 2.

Spark! will be one of the street theatre acts for the Spellbound show at City Park on Saturday, October 2.

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

SPECTACULAR light shows, pyrotechnic street theatre, illuminated aerial performance and giant chess sets are just some of the attractions to come at City Park over the autumn and winter.

The action-packed programme kicks off with Chesstival in the Park on Saturday, September 13 from 11am to 3.30pm. This event will feature the chance for players to pit their wits against each other on a giant chess board and battle against a grand master.

Spellbound, held on Saturday, October 4, is a breathtaking night show with illuminated scenes, dance, music and pyrotechnic special effects by outdoor performance specialists, Walk the Plank.

The show uses shadow theatre, where performers replace puppets. The event also features steampunk extraordinaire street theatre act, Swyron.

Bradford Shine, held nightly between 7pm to 10pm on October 9 to 12, includes stilt walking Lightwalkers and towering Flamingoes surrounding City Park.

Visitors can learn about DNA and enjoy interactive workshops at the Born in Bradford Family Festival, held on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, from 10am to 4pm each day.

The city's Christmas Lights Spectacular, on Saturday, November 15 from 5pm, will see Belgian street theatre troop, Theater Tol, perform in a backdrop of a 3D projection set.

Angels will 'float' above the audience then reach heights of more than 100ft on a giant mobile. Colourful acrobats will soar through the air, swooping down to touch the crowd.

A dazzling pyrotechnic finale will conclude the festivities, which will also include gymnastics, costumes and live music.

Bradford artist Jamie Wardley displays his skills when he carves a winter wonderland from ice.

Workshops and find out how forensic scientists do their work at the Bradford Science Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 11am to 4pm.

Other events include the Bradford City Runs on Sunday, October 26, with one-mile children's, 5k, 10k and half-marathon runs taking place from 9.15am.

Cyclists can take to the city's streets for Sky Ride Bradford on Sunday, September 28 between 11am and 3pm.

Residents will be able to pay their respects at on Remembrance Sunday from 11am on November 11.

Kirkgate Shopping Centre's Reindeer Parade, which leaves Kirkgate Shopping Centre at 10am on Sunday, November 16.

Children can write a letter to Santa Claus at The Ice Post Box on Saturday, December 20. This event will feature a live carve from 11am to 1.30pm and kids can post letters from 1.30pm.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said: "Events are a really important element of building a prosperous city centre and I'm pleased that the events announced once again provide something exciting and innovative which will attract people from far and wide.”

For more information on upcoming events in City Park, go to bradford.gov.uk/events.

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7:03am Sat 30 Aug 14

tinytoonster says...

who's paying for it all?
austerity cuts and all that....
who's paying for it all? austerity cuts and all that.... tinytoonster
  • Score: 8

8:58am Sat 30 Aug 14

llos25 says...

"Events are a really important element of building a prosperous city centre and I'm pleased that the events announced once again provide something exciting and innovative which will attract people from far and wide.”

Do councillors go to a special school to learn such absolute rubbish.
"Events are a really important element of building a prosperous city centre and I'm pleased that the events announced once again provide something exciting and innovative which will attract people from far and wide.” Do councillors go to a special school to learn such absolute rubbish. llos25
  • Score: -2

9:06am Sat 30 Aug 14

informer says...

You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter
You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter informer
  • Score: 10

1:58pm Sat 30 Aug 14

theoutsider says...

This event like the amount still owed to Bradford tax payers by OK Bulls "is not in the public interest". Our money slashed up again Chuff All by Green n Co ! for the umpteenth time.
This event like the amount still owed to Bradford tax payers by OK Bulls "is not in the public interest". Our money slashed up again Chuff All by Green n Co ! for the umpteenth time. theoutsider
  • Score: 15

2:08pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Bikerbeardy says...

why not cut this back and re-fund the elderly help line response system that had funding withdrawn so the elderly and vunerable have to pay for it themselves.
why not cut this back and re-fund the elderly help line response system that had funding withdrawn so the elderly and vunerable have to pay for it themselves. Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 12

2:14pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Solomon Grundy says...

You people are sooooo boring. This is a fine and good thing the council are doing and should be applauded.
You people are sooooo boring. This is a fine and good thing the council are doing and should be applauded. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: -6

3:29pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Bikerbeardy says...

we are just concerned about the use of tax payers money and the incorrect prioritising of the funds used for such events, yes, public events are good, I agree, but when the council withdraw funding for emergency response help lines in elderly or vunerable people homes then something is not right.
we are just concerned about the use of tax payers money and the incorrect prioritising of the funds used for such events, yes, public events are good, I agree, but when the council withdraw funding for emergency response help lines in elderly or vunerable people homes then something is not right. Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 14

3:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

Bikerbeardy wrote:
we are just concerned about the use of tax payers money and the incorrect prioritising of the funds used for such events, yes, public events are good, I agree, but when the council withdraw funding for emergency response help lines in elderly or vunerable people homes then something is not right.
There will never be enough money for everything but life goes on and these events in particular are needed to help Bradford to prosper and hopefully everybody will benefit in the long run.
[quote][p][bold]Bikerbeardy[/bold] wrote: we are just concerned about the use of tax payers money and the incorrect prioritising of the funds used for such events, yes, public events are good, I agree, but when the council withdraw funding for emergency response help lines in elderly or vunerable people homes then something is not right.[/p][/quote]There will never be enough money for everything but life goes on and these events in particular are needed to help Bradford to prosper and hopefully everybody will benefit in the long run. basil fawlty
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ConcernedOne says...

More money spent on the town palace - sorry, hall - and it's immediate surroundings.
More money spent on the town palace - sorry, hall - and it's immediate surroundings. ConcernedOne
  • Score: 5

5:22pm Sat 30 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
You people are sooooo boring. This is a fine and good thing the council are doing and should be applauded.
You must live in a dream world
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: You people are sooooo boring. This is a fine and good thing the council are doing and should be applauded.[/p][/quote]You must live in a dream world llos25
  • Score: 10

8:21am Sun 31 Aug 14

undercliffebantam says...

All these negative comments, why not support these events and go down to Centenary Square instead of knocking the council when they are trying to encourage people to go to the town centre. Bradfords bouncing back, slowly, but at least now going in the right direction.
All these negative comments, why not support these events and go down to Centenary Square instead of knocking the council when they are trying to encourage people to go to the town centre. Bradfords bouncing back, slowly, but at least now going in the right direction. undercliffebantam
  • Score: 4

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