Concern over future of Bradford International Film Festival

Actor Om Puri with Irfan Ajeeb at the 2004 Bite the Mango festival

David Wilson, Director of the City of Film

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CONCERNS have been raised about the future of Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF) in light of a planned review of the National Media Museum's festival programme.

Irfan Ajeeb, co-director of Bradford's international film festival 'Beyond the Mango', said the "writing is on the wall" for BIFF and he warned that scrapping it would have "serious repercussions" for Bradford's City of Film status.

The National Media Museum said the review would provide the opportunity to "rethink and reframe" the festival programme.

A statement from the museum said: "The festival programme has been a core part of the National Media Museum film strategy for more than 20 years.

"In order to make sure that they remain at the heart of what we do, and that we remain at the heart of the first UNESCO City of Film, we are about to undertake a thorough review of our strategy.

"We see festivals as a huge opportunity to build new audiences for film, as well as providing platforms for innovative artists from around the world.

"It’s also vital that our festivals are cost-effective and attract support from the industry. The aim is to re-launch with a new programme for festivals that plays to our strengths, identifies a meaningful niche for the museum, and provides opportunity for growth and development."

A museum spokesman said although visitor numbers to this year's festival had dropped by just over 300 people to 10,821, sales for ticketed events were actually 5.6 per cent up on 2013, and up 21 per cent compared to 2011.

Mr Ajeeb countered: "Reviews are a bad sign, I see it as an indication that there will be no festival next year.

"Whenever a review takes place it means something is going to be cancelled, it happened to 'Bite the Mango' in 2009.

"I am extremely angry because I believe the museum has been complacent, with no passion for this festival to work.

"It would be laughable not to have a major film festival in a UNESCO City of Film, but without a festival, there is a real danger of the title being taken away."

Mr Ajeeb added that rather than concentrating on big-name guests from the South, festival organisers should be engaging with communities in Bradford.

David Wilson, Bradford City of Film Director, said: "I have been invited to the review and will be calling for more engagement with Bradford communities.

"It is timely, after 20 years of the film festival, to see how some things could be done differently.

"The way we consume film has changed radically over the years, and this is an opportunity to see how the festival could be changed and expanded."

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's executive member for culture, said: "I love the film festival, but after 20 years of the same format I can understand why the museum wants to have a review.

"I'd like to see the festival include much more of the talent we're seeing coming out of the Bradford community, such as the Whistling Woods International Film School at Bradford College."

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7:28am Thu 24 Jul 14

mr.bradford says...

the festival has gone down hill since tony earnshaw left. he brought some great names over the years and was a great interviewer.. as for the museum itself i haven't actually been for years.. when i was a kid i used to go but it was the same stuff there for years.. the rollercoaster simulator and that earthquake thing and you could use tv cameras.. i wouldn't be surprised if that is all still there.. if it hadn't been for the imax that place would have closed years ago. would you be surprised if it closed down?
the festival has gone down hill since tony earnshaw left. he brought some great names over the years and was a great interviewer.. as for the museum itself i haven't actually been for years.. when i was a kid i used to go but it was the same stuff there for years.. the rollercoaster simulator and that earthquake thing and you could use tv cameras.. i wouldn't be surprised if that is all still there.. if it hadn't been for the imax that place would have closed years ago. would you be surprised if it closed down? mr.bradford
  • Score: 8

8:07am Thu 24 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

My highlight of the year was the Widescreen Weekend part of the Film Festival people from all over the world came to that.
Was very sad to see and hear on BBC National News and local news yesterday that next years Festival as been cancelled, looks like this T&A article a bit late.
My highlight of the year was the Widescreen Weekend part of the Film Festival people from all over the world came to that. Was very sad to see and hear on BBC National News and local news yesterday that next years Festival as been cancelled, looks like this T&A article a bit late. Joedavid
  • Score: 8

8:29am Thu 24 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Another nail in the coffin for the benighted city of Bradford.
Another nail in the coffin for the benighted city of Bradford. Apollo
  • Score: 4

8:33am Thu 24 Jul 14

Avro says...

This must also put the future of the Media Museum at risk.
This must also put the future of the Media Museum at risk. Avro
  • Score: 11

9:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

June Oh says...

Looks like a slow closure of the Media Museum, which of the 3 cinemas will go next?
Looks like a slow closure of the Media Museum, which of the 3 cinemas will go next? June Oh
  • Score: 5

9:58am Thu 24 Jul 14

Harrogate2011 says...

i used to visit the museum mid 1980's have not been since. As for the festival unfortunately this too is repetitive and in terms priority should really be self financing after 20 years if not then that goes to show interest is lost. There are more pressing and deserving causes such as day centres that need assistance whom face closure rather than a film event. As for Bradford unfortunately lacks political will we also read about cuts which proves financial mismangement lack of engagement with local residents and more serious concerns over local democracy with council elections with people being elected without merit just on personal contacts which is of grave concern no wonder the CEO is leaving cannot blame him
i used to visit the museum mid 1980's have not been since. As for the festival unfortunately this too is repetitive and in terms priority should really be self financing after 20 years if not then that goes to show interest is lost. There are more pressing and deserving causes such as day centres that need assistance whom face closure rather than a film event. As for Bradford unfortunately lacks political will we also read about cuts which proves financial mismangement lack of engagement with local residents and more serious concerns over local democracy with council elections with people being elected without merit just on personal contacts which is of grave concern no wonder the CEO is leaving cannot blame him Harrogate2011
  • Score: 6

10:00am Thu 24 Jul 14

June Oh says...

mr.bradford wrote:
the festival has gone down hill since tony earnshaw left. he brought some great names over the years and was a great interviewer.. as for the museum itself i haven't actually been for years.. when i was a kid i used to go but it was the same stuff there for years.. the rollercoaster simulator and that earthquake thing and you could use tv cameras.. i wouldn't be surprised if that is all still there.. if it hadn't been for the imax that place would have closed years ago. would you be surprised if it closed down?
Tony Earnshaw and others have all gone present leader(s) should be replaced with those who can bring the place back to life or are the plans already made to move it south.
I see many Odeons do the IMAX will that go to Thornbury?
[quote][p][bold]mr.bradford[/bold] wrote: the festival has gone down hill since tony earnshaw left. he brought some great names over the years and was a great interviewer.. as for the museum itself i haven't actually been for years.. when i was a kid i used to go but it was the same stuff there for years.. the rollercoaster simulator and that earthquake thing and you could use tv cameras.. i wouldn't be surprised if that is all still there.. if it hadn't been for the imax that place would have closed years ago. would you be surprised if it closed down?[/p][/quote]Tony Earnshaw and others have all gone present leader(s) should be replaced with those who can bring the place back to life or are the plans already made to move it south. I see many Odeons do the IMAX will that go to Thornbury? June Oh
  • Score: 2

10:03am Thu 24 Jul 14

June Oh says...

Harrogate2011 wrote:
i used to visit the museum mid 1980's have not been since. As for the festival unfortunately this too is repetitive and in terms priority should really be self financing after 20 years if not then that goes to show interest is lost. There are more pressing and deserving causes such as day centres that need assistance whom face closure rather than a film event. As for Bradford unfortunately lacks political will we also read about cuts which proves financial mismangement lack of engagement with local residents and more serious concerns over local democracy with council elections with people being elected without merit just on personal contacts which is of grave concern no wonder the CEO is leaving cannot blame him
Thought the leader of the Media Museum was female?
[quote][p][bold]Harrogate2011[/bold] wrote: i used to visit the museum mid 1980's have not been since. As for the festival unfortunately this too is repetitive and in terms priority should really be self financing after 20 years if not then that goes to show interest is lost. There are more pressing and deserving causes such as day centres that need assistance whom face closure rather than a film event. As for Bradford unfortunately lacks political will we also read about cuts which proves financial mismangement lack of engagement with local residents and more serious concerns over local democracy with council elections with people being elected without merit just on personal contacts which is of grave concern no wonder the CEO is leaving cannot blame him[/p][/quote]Thought the leader of the Media Museum was female? June Oh
  • Score: 1

10:38am Thu 24 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

That's what happens when they stop investing in the business
That's what happens when they stop investing in the business bd7 helper
  • Score: 5

10:58am Thu 24 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

David Wilson "It is timely, after 20 years of the film festival, to see how some things could be done differently."
For myself it was the choice of films this year not one that attracted me.
David Wilson "It is timely, after 20 years of the film festival, to see how some things could be done differently." For myself it was the choice of films this year not one that attracted me. Joedavid
  • Score: 5

11:54am Thu 24 Jul 14

Rambo says...

The UNESCO title means barely anything. It always has been just an obscure label they've relied upon to mean something, and they've been found out - What exactly if anything does it do to boost the economy, creativity, quality of life etc, anything? Apart from the odd bit of filming done now and again in the district that's it.
The UNESCO title means barely anything. It always has been just an obscure label they've relied upon to mean something, and they've been found out - What exactly if anything does it do to boost the economy, creativity, quality of life etc, anything? Apart from the odd bit of filming done now and again in the district that's it. Rambo
  • Score: 5

2:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Joedavid wrote:
David Wilson "It is timely, after 20 years of the film festival, to see how some things could be done differently." For myself it was the choice of films this year not one that attracted me.
I found the choice of films uninspiring and ended up going to none. I believe the Leeds festival is far very succesful so we should learn from them. The Leeds organisers may wel be more motivated and seem to be more in touch with new ideas and what people want. They even had films on at venues serving craft ales, an innovation that i don't think you'd find in Bradford.
Perhaps its time for new leadership?
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: David Wilson "It is timely, after 20 years of the film festival, to see how some things could be done differently." For myself it was the choice of films this year not one that attracted me.[/p][/quote]I found the choice of films uninspiring and ended up going to none. I believe the Leeds festival is far very succesful so we should learn from them. The Leeds organisers may wel be more motivated and seem to be more in touch with new ideas and what people want. They even had films on at venues serving craft ales, an innovation that i don't think you'd find in Bradford. Perhaps its time for new leadership? basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them.

Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.
As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them. Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 19

2:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ChanningCross says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them.

Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.
This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality.

I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!!
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them. Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality. I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!! ChanningCross
  • Score: -8

3:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

ChanningCross wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them.

Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.
This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality.

I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!!
You mean her Officials couldn't tell the difference between a brown envelope and reality.
[quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them. Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality. I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!![/p][/quote]You mean her Officials couldn't tell the difference between a brown envelope and reality. piltdownman
  • Score: 12

5:04pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Rambo says...

It has been cancelled apparently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lee
ds-28451783
It has been cancelled apparently. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lee ds-28451783 Rambo
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

Rambo wrote:
It has been cancelled apparently.
http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-lee

ds-28451783
Yes yesterdays news on National BBC TV News plus Look North, seems T&A a bit late.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: It has been cancelled apparently. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lee ds-28451783[/p][/quote]Yes yesterdays news on National BBC TV News plus Look North, seems T&A a bit late. Joedavid
  • Score: 6

6:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Cityman23 says...

For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous.

I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time).

The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM.

There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry.

In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames!
For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous. I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time). The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM. There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry. In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames! Cityman23
  • Score: 10

7:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Cityman23 wrote:
For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous.

I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time).

The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM.

There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry.

In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames!
I agree in what you say but you cant escape the fact that visitor numbers have fallen significantly at the MM. The place needs to improve but the suspicion is that the people running it, and other things in the city, are not doing as well as they should be. Maybe its just an inevitable outcome of Bradford's overall decline in the last 25 years but that shouldnt be an excuse. We need driven, passionate and motivated people to regenerate the city and if the current people are not up to the task then they should be replaced with better people.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous. I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time). The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM. There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry. In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames![/p][/quote]I agree in what you say but you cant escape the fact that visitor numbers have fallen significantly at the MM. The place needs to improve but the suspicion is that the people running it, and other things in the city, are not doing as well as they should be. Maybe its just an inevitable outcome of Bradford's overall decline in the last 25 years but that shouldnt be an excuse. We need driven, passionate and motivated people to regenerate the city and if the current people are not up to the task then they should be replaced with better people. basil fawlty
  • Score: -2

7:35pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

Ian Blatchford the director of the Science Museum Group isn't committed to the Bradford National Media Museum, Ed Vaizey should have sacked him when he had the chance. Now we have the Bradford International Film Festival under review which an absolute disgrace. Bradford certainly doesn't get it fair share of government money in regards to the Arts and this absurd review wouldn't even be needed if the Science Museum Group Director was committed to this fantastic Bradford facility. What a shambolic job Mr Blatchford is doing, get him sacked!!!!
Ian Blatchford the director of the Science Museum Group isn't committed to the Bradford National Media Museum, Ed Vaizey should have sacked him when he had the chance. Now we have the Bradford International Film Festival under review which an absolute disgrace. Bradford certainly doesn't get it fair share of government money in regards to the Arts and this absurd review wouldn't even be needed if the Science Museum Group Director was committed to this fantastic Bradford facility. What a shambolic job Mr Blatchford is doing, get him sacked!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

7:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

ChanningCross wrote:
bachtothefuture wrote:
As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them.

Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.
This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality.

I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!!
Bradford has many many attractions, The Media Museum, Bradford being the Worlds first UNESCO City of Film, The Alhambra, City Park, St George's Hall, the over 6,000 listed buildings, great architecture including City Hall, The Wool Exchange, and the whole of Little Germany, Ilkley and the Cow and Calf rocks, Bronte Country, Haworth, The Bronte Parsonage, The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and last but not least the Unesco World Heritage site in Saltaire including the brilliant Salts Mill and after visiting all that lot get yourself down to Bradford City Centre to have a curry, Bradford is the home of the UK Curry making champions!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: As usual Cllr. Hinchcliffe is wringing her hands and doing nothing. As well as culture she is responsible for tourism and regeneration. The first thing she, and the lazy Visit Bradford team, need to understand is that to attract tourists you need tourist attractions. We have precious few of these and the Media Museum and Film Festival should be one of them. Cllr. Hinchcliffe needs to do her job, take charge, and get things sorted. However given her failure to capitalise on the Tour de France, get a grip on the public hygiene scandals that devalued the Curry Capital title, and deliver any of the 700 new jobs she promised at the Buck Lane site, we know exactly what is going to happen. Nothing. Cllr Green needs to replace this liability if he expects Bradford to grow.[/p][/quote]This is sooo unfair. Whatever you doom merchants think, Bradford is a marvellous place and Susan is a very hard working and dedicated Councillor. She personally distributed leaflets during the TDF. It’s not her fault of some of our curry shops are run by villagers that haven’t yet adjusted to western standards of hygiene. At Buck Lane she was let down by incompetent Council Officials who couldn’t tell the difference between developers’ hyperbole and reality. I’m sure she will make a great job of revitalising the Media Museum if nobody stops her!!![/p][/quote]Bradford has many many attractions, The Media Museum, Bradford being the Worlds first UNESCO City of Film, The Alhambra, City Park, St George's Hall, the over 6,000 listed buildings, great architecture including City Hall, The Wool Exchange, and the whole of Little Germany, Ilkley and the Cow and Calf rocks, Bronte Country, Haworth, The Bronte Parsonage, The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and last but not least the Unesco World Heritage site in Saltaire including the brilliant Salts Mill and after visiting all that lot get yourself down to Bradford City Centre to have a curry, Bradford is the home of the UK Curry making champions!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

10:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Cityman23 says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous.

I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time).

The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM.

There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry.

In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames!
I agree in what you say but you cant escape the fact that visitor numbers have fallen significantly at the MM. The place needs to improve but the suspicion is that the people running it, and other things in the city, are not doing as well as they should be. Maybe its just an inevitable outcome of Bradford's overall decline in the last 25 years but that shouldnt be an excuse. We need driven, passionate and motivated people to regenerate the city and if the current people are not up to the task then they should be replaced with better people.
Yes, you are correct that footfall is down at the MM. I have spoken to staff there who confirm this. To be honest, for myself, I like the place as it is now but, there must be reasons why numbers are down and this needs some investigation.
I know I would, personally, be very upset if the MM closed down. I believe London has more than enough attractions, and more needs to be spent on providing places like the MM for provincial cities like Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For someone on here to slate the MM when that person hasn't visited it since the 1980s is ridiculous. I am a frequent visitor because Pictureville and the Cubby Broccoli cinemas show some wonderful movies and the atmosphere is 10 times better than in places like Cineworld (which I also go to from time to time). The staff at MM are lovely friendly people who always chat and genuinely feel loyalty to the MM. There are excellent exhibitions from time to time, like the Dr Who one. The new Mediateque allows you to watch TV classics, documentaries, comedy and even films for free. The new cafe has some delicious fare and a pleasant area to enjoy it. The building itself is a nice place to spend time in and of course it is free entry. In truth, I see the MM as one of the 'jewels' in the city and read of local people dismissing it in an ignorant manner and I use the phrase literally ( how can you know if you haven't been?!!!) is sad but also pretty disgraceful. Yes, criticise where appropriate but at times it seems anything to do with the city is fair game for some to shoot down in flames![/p][/quote]I agree in what you say but you cant escape the fact that visitor numbers have fallen significantly at the MM. The place needs to improve but the suspicion is that the people running it, and other things in the city, are not doing as well as they should be. Maybe its just an inevitable outcome of Bradford's overall decline in the last 25 years but that shouldnt be an excuse. We need driven, passionate and motivated people to regenerate the city and if the current people are not up to the task then they should be replaced with better people.[/p][/quote]Yes, you are correct that footfall is down at the MM. I have spoken to staff there who confirm this. To be honest, for myself, I like the place as it is now but, there must be reasons why numbers are down and this needs some investigation. I know I would, personally, be very upset if the MM closed down. I believe London has more than enough attractions, and more needs to be spent on providing places like the MM for provincial cities like Bradford. Cityman23
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8:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ohgreat3 says...

I spend time in Nottingham.....a town with a similarly sized population as Bradford. They have a vibrant and very well attended arts Cinema called The Broadway there. It succeeds because of a large student population and because of a long lived and alternative literary scene in the city. Too many people in Bradford see the Pictureville ect as" not the sort of place I go to" inspite of being reasonably priced. Sadly there just doesn't seem to be enough people in Bradford who enjoy arty film festivals.
I spend time in Nottingham.....a town with a similarly sized population as Bradford. They have a vibrant and very well attended arts Cinema called The Broadway there. It succeeds because of a large student population and because of a long lived and alternative literary scene in the city. Too many people in Bradford see the Pictureville ect as" not the sort of place I go to" inspite of being reasonably priced. Sadly there just doesn't seem to be enough people in Bradford who enjoy arty film festivals. ohgreat3
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8:51pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Joedavid says...

The past couple of BIFF as been run with Virgin Media have they helped or helped to run it down, what effect do they have on it?
Virgins role is not mentioned by T&A, have they pulled funding?
The past couple of BIFF as been run with Virgin Media have they helped or helped to run it down, what effect do they have on it? Virgins role is not mentioned by T&A, have they pulled funding? Joedavid
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