Dancers, singers and magician among acts booked to boost city centre business

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bob Parker, city centre operations manager for Bradford Council Bob Parker, city centre operations manager for Bradford Council

Flamenco dancers, folk singers and a magician will be among the street artists descending on Bradford city centre for a buskers festival.

More than 15 acts will be at three locations – Northgate, Newmarket Place and Darley Street – throughout the summer as part of a drive to entice shoppers into the city centre.

Bob Parker, city centre operations manager for Bradford Council, told a meeting of retailers at City Hall last night that many of the acts were “enthusiastic” about the summer busking festival, which if successful could become a regular event.

He told the meeting of Bradford retailers and businesses: “Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch and there are various markets going on through the summer. I am quite surprised with the number of buskers who have come forward and I am really looking forward to it.”

Each will be vetted by the Council to make sure their talents are up to scratch. Confirmed acts already include guitar player and singer Matthew Toczek, Irish folk band Rakish Paddy and Hebden Bridge Flamenco Group. London-based magician, Magic Singh, is also expected to bring his “David Blaine” style street magic to Bradford’s streets during the festival, which will be every Saturday for nine weeks from July 2.

More acts will be announced in the Telegraph & Argus. Councillor David Green, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration and the economy, said: “I will back anything that brings people into the city centre.

“We would like to extend it, certainly over the spring and summer, as long as the buskers are good at what they do.”

The planned festival dovetails with Backing Bradford, a new campaign by the T&A and Bradford Council to drive loyalty to Bradford’s many shops from people living in the city and wider district as the effects of the recession and the Government’s austerity programme kick in.

John Lee, T&A head of advertising, revealed details of the 26-week campaign to businessmen and women at last night’s meeting. The high-profile marketing campaign will be launched tomorrow with a Backing Bradford booklet full of discount offers from local businesses.

It will include a key fob, which shoppers will need to show to claim discounts from the booklet.

There will also be online promotions to encourage shoppers into Bradford, said Mr Lee. “We need to support city centre business,” he said. “Westfield (developers behind the proposed Broadway project) are now moving forward but it is going to be a two-and-a-half to three year building project and we need to fill that void by publicising what we have in the city centre.

“As a Bradfordian, I am positive and passionate about Bradford and what we need to remember is that we have some great shops and businesses here.”

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10:08am Thu 23 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The best way to get shoppers into the city center would be to have some shops to actually visit that aren't charity and pound shops.
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No amount of Flamenco dancers will inspire me to shop in places like No 10 the bargin den or Poundland. When I go shopping I want to go shopping so I will go for choice over any gimick, choice that is not availible in Bradford.
The best way to get shoppers into the city center would be to have some shops to actually visit that aren't charity and pound shops. . No amount of Flamenco dancers will inspire me to shop in places like No 10 the bargin den or Poundland. When I go shopping I want to go shopping so I will go for choice over any gimick, choice that is not availible in Bradford. Thee Voice of Reason

10:53am Thu 23 Jun 11

Clowny says...

Maybe the buskers should be given PCSO powers with hi-vis vests then we can kill two birds with one stone.
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Any efforts to bring trade into Bradford should be applauded, but something more than street performers will be needed to really bring in footfall, at very least parking charges need to be examined.
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The impact the city park will have has been wildly overestimated and regardless it won’t be ready until Autumn so it won’t have any real pulling power until next summer.
Maybe the buskers should be given PCSO powers with hi-vis vests then we can kill two birds with one stone. . Any efforts to bring trade into Bradford should be applauded, but something more than street performers will be needed to really bring in footfall, at very least parking charges need to be examined. . The impact the city park will have has been wildly overestimated and regardless it won’t be ready until Autumn so it won’t have any real pulling power until next summer. Clowny

11:21am Thu 23 Jun 11

Yorkshire Lass says...

You cannot entice the shoppers back into Bradford City Centre no matter how much money you throw at it. Where do these absent shoppers go to do their shopping? Answer that question and stop wasting the taxpayers money!
You cannot entice the shoppers back into Bradford City Centre no matter how much money you throw at it. Where do these absent shoppers go to do their shopping? Answer that question and stop wasting the taxpayers money! Yorkshire Lass

11:39am Thu 23 Jun 11

BantamsForever says...

Nothing wrong with number 10 the bargain den, my friends dad owns that shop and it has been there along with 2 other outlets of the same business in busier years for at least 13-14 years. Bradford just needs more business owners like this to stick it out through thick and thin and not just fold at the first opportunity!
Nothing wrong with number 10 the bargain den, my friends dad owns that shop and it has been there along with 2 other outlets of the same business in busier years for at least 13-14 years. Bradford just needs more business owners like this to stick it out through thick and thin and not just fold at the first opportunity! BantamsForever

12:04pm Thu 23 Jun 11

ollie59 says...

"Each will be vetted by the Council to make sure their talents are up to scratch."

Oh dear.

I'm presuming the council won't have to vet the resident artists (you know the type I mean) who seem pretty good already.
"Each will be vetted by the Council to make sure their talents are up to scratch." Oh dear. I'm presuming the council won't have to vet the resident artists (you know the type I mean) who seem pretty good already. ollie59

12:05pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Rambo says...

Theres nothing wrong with it shops like number 10 and other, respectfully, lower-end shops. Its when there are barely any middle-end stores, independent or not that people go elsewhere like Leeds, Manchester or Halifax.
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Until middle end stores can be attracted here, breaking the cycle of cheap stores, bookies, cash-converter types and money transfer shops the people who do have money with a desire to shop will go elsewhere.
Theres nothing wrong with it shops like number 10 and other, respectfully, lower-end shops. Its when there are barely any middle-end stores, independent or not that people go elsewhere like Leeds, Manchester or Halifax. . Until middle end stores can be attracted here, breaking the cycle of cheap stores, bookies, cash-converter types and money transfer shops the people who do have money with a desire to shop will go elsewhere. Rambo

1:13pm Thu 23 Jun 11

ohno says...

It may help if instead of methadone clinics on Rawson rd next to John st market and shoppers parked cars and drug dealers on Aldermanbury behind the pubs and restaurants along with groups of youths hanging around the city centre smoking cannabis or whatever takes there fancy with impunity the powers that be actually try to keep the nastiness out of the area instead of encouraging it through bad planning and zero enforcement.
Would you really want to take your children or allow them to go shopping in such a place ? not when Leeds is a ten minute train ride away.
It may help if instead of methadone clinics on Rawson rd next to John st market and shoppers parked cars and drug dealers on Aldermanbury behind the pubs and restaurants along with groups of youths hanging around the city centre smoking cannabis or whatever takes there fancy with impunity the powers that be actually try to keep the nastiness out of the area instead of encouraging it through bad planning and zero enforcement. Would you really want to take your children or allow them to go shopping in such a place ? not when Leeds is a ten minute train ride away. ohno

1:21pm Thu 23 Jun 11

spinnekop says...

For years now home grown talent has been hounded accross Bradford while they hone their skills and provide a bit of brightness to a misrable city but now Bradford is bouncing on its backside the council 'need' them.

Meanwhile arts groups loose funding and established event companies that have worked with Bradford council for decades get overlooked as they give their bussines to companies from outside the city, so much for keeping jobs in the city and supporting local enterprise and talent.



Couldnt make it up could you?
For years now home grown talent has been hounded accross Bradford while they hone their skills and provide a bit of brightness to a misrable city but now Bradford is bouncing on its backside the council 'need' them. Meanwhile arts groups loose funding and established event companies that have worked with Bradford council for decades get overlooked as they give their bussines to companies from outside the city, so much for keeping jobs in the city and supporting local enterprise and talent. Couldnt make it up could you? spinnekop

1:43pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Clowny says...

ohno wrote:
It may help if instead of methadone clinics on Rawson rd next to John st market and shoppers parked cars and drug dealers on Aldermanbury behind the pubs and restaurants along with groups of youths hanging around the city centre smoking cannabis or whatever takes there fancy with impunity the powers that be actually try to keep the nastiness out of the area instead of encouraging it through bad planning and zero enforcement.
Would you really want to take your children or allow them to go shopping in such a place ? not when Leeds is a ten minute train ride away.
Quoted for 100% accuracy.
[quote][p][bold]ohno[/bold] wrote: It may help if instead of methadone clinics on Rawson rd next to John st market and shoppers parked cars and drug dealers on Aldermanbury behind the pubs and restaurants along with groups of youths hanging around the city centre smoking cannabis or whatever takes there fancy with impunity the powers that be actually try to keep the nastiness out of the area instead of encouraging it through bad planning and zero enforcement. Would you really want to take your children or allow them to go shopping in such a place ? not when Leeds is a ten minute train ride away.[/p][/quote]Quoted for 100% accuracy. Clowny

2:13pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Al Spade says...

A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left!
A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left! Al Spade

2:14pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Al Spade says...

A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left!
A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left! Al Spade

2:16pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Patrick Bateman says...

Bob Parker said:
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"Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch"
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TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution!
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May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture?
Bob Parker said: . "Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch" . . TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution! . . May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture? Patrick Bateman

2:23pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Rambo says...

Al Spade wrote:
A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left!
I had a cousin come over in April, he's foreign and had not been to Bradford before.
He stayed in the Jurys Inn and after staying for 2 days before moving on to Manchester he actually asked us where the city centre is. Despite staying in the middle of it.
Now he lives in a country with a population just a bit less than that of the entire Bradford district, and that speaks volumes.
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He also regarded that the centre was very dirty and litter strewn, and I think a lot of us would aggree on that.
[quote][p][bold]Al Spade[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine, who lives in Calderdale, brought his wife to Bradford a few weeks ago to do some shopping. They left empty handed. his comment to me, "Never again, where are your shops?" I had to explain that we don't have any decent ones left![/p][/quote]I had a cousin come over in April, he's foreign and had not been to Bradford before. He stayed in the Jurys Inn and after staying for 2 days before moving on to Manchester he actually asked us where the city centre is. Despite staying in the middle of it. Now he lives in a country with a population just a bit less than that of the entire Bradford district, and that speaks volumes. . He also regarded that the centre was very dirty and litter strewn, and I think a lot of us would aggree on that. Rambo

2:46pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Pak-Bantam says...

How about the native Aussies aka westfield . . parading in orange costume ?.
How about the native Aussies aka westfield . . parading in orange costume ?. Pak-Bantam

2:47pm Thu 23 Jun 11

Joedavid says...

Will the Park be open to house all these?
Will the Park be open to house all these? Joedavid

3:15pm Thu 23 Jun 11

S. Horseman says...

Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more.
Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more. S. Horseman

4:05pm Thu 23 Jun 11

ohno says...

S. Horseman wrote:
Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more.
Its not the few decent shops we have ,but the nastiness you have to expose yourself to in order to get to them.
Having been on the receiving end many times over the last 6 years I speak from experience .
[quote][p][bold]S. Horseman[/bold] wrote: Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more.[/p][/quote]Its not the few decent shops we have ,but the nastiness you have to expose yourself to in order to get to them. Having been on the receiving end many times over the last 6 years I speak from experience . ohno

4:10pm Thu 23 Jun 11

S. Horseman says...

ohno wrote:
S. Horseman wrote: Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more.
Its not the few decent shops we have ,but the nastiness you have to expose yourself to in order to get to them. Having been on the receiving end many times over the last 6 years I speak from experience .
Turn the other cheek and support what we have
[quote][p][bold]ohno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]S. Horseman[/bold] wrote: Kind of a half full cup this forum - looks as though all people know how to do is pull the place down, I have shopped in Bradford for many years and feel that people try hard with what they have got - The place I love to shop is North Parade - now there you can find nice niche market shops, Table Decor has been there years, Threads Men’s wear, Cafe Blue, Active Bodz, The Camera shop & now that great bar Sparrow, these people care about what they do and they have invested their lives and homes in the place - least you pessimists can do is help support them - if you don't they will leave too. I am sure there will be a negative comment thrown back at what I post here - so go ahead - make my day pessimists - Empty your glass more.[/p][/quote]Its not the few decent shops we have ,but the nastiness you have to expose yourself to in order to get to them. Having been on the receiving end many times over the last 6 years I speak from experience .[/p][/quote]Turn the other cheek and support what we have S. Horseman

4:32pm Thu 23 Jun 11

ohno says...

I've run out of cheeks as the last time I was lucky to come through it alive so I'll leave the cheek turning to you whilst I concentrate on my nice relaxing day's shopping "in Leeds with my family .
I've run out of cheeks as the last time I was lucky to come through it alive so I'll leave the cheek turning to you whilst I concentrate on my nice relaxing day's shopping "in Leeds with my family . ohno

7:30pm Thu 23 Jun 11

davidh66 says...

Is this some sort of joke. If they were any decent shops in Bradford town centre. you would probably get shoppers visiting.
Is this some sort of joke. If they were any decent shops in Bradford town centre. you would probably get shoppers visiting. davidh66

12:10pm Mon 27 Jun 11

cylon 2 says...

Patrick Bateman wrote:
Bob Parker said:
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"Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch"
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TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution!
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May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture?
Hey

Don't leave me out !!!
[quote][p][bold]Patrick Bateman[/bold] wrote: Bob Parker said: . "Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch" . . TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution! . . May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture?[/p][/quote]Hey Don't leave me out !!! cylon 2

4:28pm Mon 27 Jun 11

mad matt says...

They could add syncronised swimming in the Westfield 'ole, and water skiing in the puddle as well :)
They could add syncronised swimming in the Westfield 'ole, and water skiing in the puddle as well :) mad matt

4:40pm Mon 27 Jun 11

mogpick4 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The best way to get shoppers into the city center would be to have some shops to actually visit that aren't charity and pound shops. . No amount of Flamenco dancers will inspire me to shop in places like No 10 the bargin den or Poundland. When I go shopping I want to go shopping so I will go for choice over any gimick, choice that is not availible in Bradford.
Completely agree! The City Centre needs a variety of shops to cater for all. I would quite happily commit to Bradford if it catered at all for my needs. In the meantime I will go to Leeds where I can enjoy a nice shopping day out with friends or family and get everything I need.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The best way to get shoppers into the city center would be to have some shops to actually visit that aren't charity and pound shops. . No amount of Flamenco dancers will inspire me to shop in places like No 10 the bargin den or Poundland. When I go shopping I want to go shopping so I will go for choice over any gimick, choice that is not availible in Bradford.[/p][/quote]Completely agree! The City Centre needs a variety of shops to cater for all. I would quite happily commit to Bradford if it catered at all for my needs. In the meantime I will go to Leeds where I can enjoy a nice shopping day out with friends or family and get everything I need. mogpick4

3:52pm Mon 11 Jul 11

Albion. says...

Patrick Bateman wrote:
Bob Parker said:
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"Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch"
.
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TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution!
.
.
May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture?
Accompanied by Karl Dallas.
[quote][p][bold]Patrick Bateman[/bold] wrote: Bob Parker said: . "Folk bands, singers, jazz quartets and ten rappers have already been in touch" . . TEN rappers??! ONE is one too many in my opinion: bloody noise pollution! . . May I propose a T and A commenter's skiffle group? Voice of Reason on tea-chest bass. Albion on swanee whistle and jugs. And of course Mrs Walker on washboard. Maybe John Philips could hold a one-man anti-western-music protest at the same time to complete the picture?[/p][/quote]Accompanied by Karl Dallas. Albion.

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