Shipley will host its first “street arts” festival next month when organisers say the town will be bursting with world-class talent at every turn.
The three-day event has just been announced following confirmation of £30,000 in grants split between Bradford Council’s Visitor Fund and Arts Council England.
Shipley is promised to explode into life from June 26-28 when international performers and musicians will flood in and team up with local artists.
The project will be masterminded by John Lambert, Q20 Theatre’s creative director, who lives in Shipley town centre.
“We are thrilled to have achieved the funding to give Shipley this Street Arts Festival and can’t wait to host this world-class event,” Mr Lambert said.
“People here are thirsty for fun and the idea is to put Shipley on the map as a national centre for street events.”
Although programme details are still being finalised, many exciting elements are already in place, said Mr Lambert.
“School students will be energising the town centre on June 26 by performing street arts and participating in a parade alongside professional performers,” he said.
Key artistes already confirmed for the event include comedy physical theatre and circus performer Artizani, Tony Lidington’s quirky and extraordinary Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium and a trapeze performance from Cascade Duo.
Mr Lambert’s Q20 company organises events across the country and said: “I came back to Shipley once and thought: ‘Why is nothing going on here? I’m going to write to the council.’ Then I thought, no I’ll just organise something myself.”
He helped with the recent successes of the Allez Shipley cycling event and the pirate-themed fun days.
Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council’s executive member for employment, skills and culture said: “Q20 is a big supporter of Shipley town centre, having run a gallery in the town in the past. So I know the Street Arts Festival will be a great event which people will enjoy.”