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Range of arts events to be held around City Park
Shoppers and passers-by in Bradford will be invited to record jingles about the district as part of a day of arts events celebrating City Park.
Other attractions will include a ‘symphony of sirens’, live performance painting, and an “honest, witty and dynamic” display of handwritten accounts by people who live and work in Bradford reflecting their views on the city.
Called Reflections, the event is being organised by Bradford Council in collaboration with local artists and cultural partners. Taking place in City Park on Saturday, March 23 from noon to 7pm, it will feature live music, dance, street theatre, poetry and rap workshops, photography sessions and art and food stalls.
A highlight will be a performance of Irresistible, a stirring performance combining sirens, musical instruments and a vocal choir. It was composed by musician Jez Colborne, working with Bradford theatre company Mind the Gap, as an open-air choral spectacular celebrating the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Other events include Cubism, a thought-provoking presentation involving all four sides of a spinning cube painted in front of an audience while a percussionist and poet jam together.
Artworks Creative Communities’ powerful exhibition, called Also Available in Sober, features photography, audio accompaniments and poetry produced by ten people reflecting their journey to sobriety. Artworks Creative Communities will also be in a pop-up gallery inviting people to take part in a consultation on art and cultural provision in the city.
Pipeline Productions will showcase the work of its Youth Arts Academy and is giving people chance to try writing and perfoming rap, and Bradford’s Freedom Studios will perform The Bridge, in which an embarrassing event at their wedding forces a newly-married couple to confront how well they know each other, and themselves.
Black Dogs Arts Collective will set up a mobile radio booth inviting passers-by to record short adverts or jingles representing, celebrating or discussing their city, and portraits from Bradford Is - a project documenting and recording the opinions of people in the city - will go on display.
Kala Sangam, the Bradford-based national South Asian arts company, presents a world music inspired performance by young musicians and dancers, and Oriental Arts offers a chance to sample Holi, the Indian Festival of Colours.
An hour-long photo walk will take in all the day’s celebrations, and participants can take their own photographs, to be uploaded and shown on the Big Screen.
Bobsie Robinson Bradford Council’s cultural strategy and policy manager said: "We have a wealth of creativity and originality within the Bradford district and a large part of Reflections is about partnership working to show and share the talent we have, as well as creating an opportunity for people to hear and see the fresh and different artistic voices that are on our doorstep.”