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Urban Festival to be held in Bradford
4:02pm Monday 30th June 2014 in News
BREAKDANCING, BMX stunts and parkour are among the skills which will be shown off in a celebration of street youth culture.
A two-day Urban Festival, coming to Bradford's City Park this month, will also feature an all-female beatboxing group, circus performers and a silent disco.
It will run from the afternoon of Friday, July 11, until the evening of Saturday, July 12.
Among the acts will be critically acclaimed British contemporary circus company Cirque Bijou, who will perform Project 3Sixty, a show which mixes circus acts with extreme sports, breakdance and live music.
The show is performed on a towering set, animated by 3D video mapping, and features up-and-coming all female beatbox group The Boxettes.
Another UK company, Urban Playground, will stage a distinctive ‘performance parkour' act, The Next Level.
Urban Playground's award-winning dancers will combine dance disciplines with freerunning skills to perform an action-packed show on a specially designed frame.
Urban sport specialists Team Extreme will show off their BMX skills, twisting and contorting the bikes around their bodies while balancing, spinning and rolling.
Team Extreme will also stage an explosive breakdancing display featuring popping and locking, robot moves, old-school hip-hop and acrobatics.
The New Bradford Playhouse will perform Love Stranger, an experimental piece where the audience are the actors.
Arriving at two separate entrances, participants will sit facing each other, separated by a screen.
They will be given new names and set questions to ask each other. Only at the end will they see each other for the first time.
The festival opens with a local company, Factory St, staging a silent disco where revellers can enjoy dance tracks beamed through headsets.
Bradford-based Pipeline Productions will run interactive rap sessions where young people can learn how to become an MC.
They will be able to learn how to breakdance in workshops and can take part in creating a street-art chalk drawing with local artist, Jamie Wardley.
It is the second time Bradford Council has run the Urban Festival.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for culture, said: "This year's Urban Festival is filled with activities which will excite and thrill spectators.
"Bradford has a very young population and this event gives them the opportunity to see some top performers and even try out the moves themselves."