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Schedule of free events to keep visitors coming to Bradford's City Park
A fun-packed and colourful range of free events will be held in Bradford’s City Park this autumn, following the venue drawing large crowds on sunny days throughout the summer.
For one of the events, the park will be transformed into a Garden of Light.
The showpiece public space will also play host to an event celebrating technological achievements at the Bradford Science Festival, the annual Christmas Lights switch on, and a series of ice sculptures.
The smells and tastes of the 2012 World Curry Festival launches the season of events on Friday, September 21 with three days of vibrant street entertainment, live demonstrations, tastings and market stalls, all spiced-up with music, comedy, film and fantastic food.
On Friday, October 5, City Park will be transformed into an enchanting light garden, when French master light artists TILT make a Garden of Light appear in City Park. The Garden of Light event will run until October 14.
The Bradford Science Festival will celebrate the incredible scientific and technological achievements of Bradford and the wider community through a variety of events including debates, workshops and challenges.The festival runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Sunday, October 21.
The following week, City Park is to be turned into a giant outdoor cinema on Saturday, October 27. The UK’s largest inflatable 50ft Airscreen will show the animation classic Coraline, and a selection of the best short films from the Bradford Animation Festival.
City Park will be home to the Royal British Legion Poppy Launch on Friday, October 26, and the new stage for Remembrance Sunday commemorations on November 11.
Bradford will celebrate the beginning of the festive season on Saturday, November 17, when this year’s Christmas lights switch-on features acrobats, trapeze artists and a breathtaking fireworks display.
In addition, City Park will be a good place to see the start and finish of the Bradford City Run on Sunday, December 2. Entry is £10 for runners, but it’s free for spectators.
On Saturday, December 15, ice sculptures will bring to life a story of a little fox who is looking for Santa. The sculptures are to be produced by Sandinyoureye, the Bradford-based company which made the giant Darwin sand sculpture in Centenary square.
Councillor David Green , leader of Bradford Council said: “This great range of autumn events in City Park will create a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere that is sure to attract local people and visitors.
“Many thousands of people have enjoyed Bradford’s new hi-tech public space over summer and we intend to build on that success.”