‘Fantastic’ line-up of events revealed for City Park in Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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‘Fantastic’ line-up of events revealed for City Park in Bradford
9:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
Spectacular aerial acrobatics, a cutting-edge video art installation and a battle between chess grandmasters are just some of the attractions coming to Bradford’s City Park in the coming months.
The Telegraph & Argus can exclusively reveal the roster of events planned in the award-winning public space throughout the autumn and winter.
One of the highlights will be an outdoor aerial theatre piece by Nigel Jamieson, one of the world’s leading creators of outdoor theatre and director of a piece created for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
As The World Tipped, on October 5, will combine film and visuals with breathtaking aerial performances.
Suspended high above the audience in the night sky, performers will struggle to control an increasingly precarious world as they do battle with the effects of drastic environmental catastrophe.
Later in October, City Park’s Mirror Pool will be transformed into a place of enchantment by Bradford-based international art duo Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp. Using cutting-edge video projection, A Mirrored Pool of Thought will turn the water feature into a constantly-changing artwork from October 9 to 13.
On September 14, five chess grandmasters and international masters will battle 125 enthusiasts at Chesstival in the Park. People will also be able to play on giant chess sets to hone their skills.
On October 19, artist Mohammed Ali, Bradford theatre company Mind the Gap and arts organisation Kala Sangam will put on a show called Reflections, featuring live performance painting, percussion and spoken word performances. There will also be art and craft exhibitions, multi-media installations, art stalls and world music.
An airborne rock spectacular is promised for the Christmas lights switch-on on November 16. Audiences can enjoy MUARÉ, a performance by Argentine aerial artists Voalá accompanied by British band Duchamp Pilot.
The band will play as 12 acrobats, suspended 100ft in the air, spinning on a giant illuminated mobile.
And on December 21, visitors will be able to watch as local artist Jamie Wardley and his team carve ice sculptures and unwrap the artworks like Christmas presents.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for culture, said: “This season’s programme will be fantastic and there should be something here for everyone.”