A RE-BRANDED Bradford Festival that will include home grown performances and an aerial acrobatics show is among the Summer events planned in the District.

Other events will include a return of Shipley Street Arts Festival, a celebration of Emily Bronte’s life and a South Asian Festival.

One of the highlights will be BD: Festival – a rebranded version of the annual Summer Bradford Festival which will be held in the city centre from August 19-20.

The weekend will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of City Park, and feature performances by arts group Dream Engine – who performed at the grand opening in 2012.

They will bring their aerial spectacular Love Art to the centre.

Acclaimed Bradford based Common Wealth theatre company will be performing its critically acclaimed show about young boys and their love of their cars – Peaceophobia, to the event.

And front room poetry – which brings live poetry to unusual locations, will also be part of the festival.

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Numerous other acts for the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

Bradford Pride will take place this Saturday, followed by an Eid Festival (16 & 17 July) and Bradford South Asian Festival on 12 – 14 August.

Shipley Street Arts Festival will be held on July 23 in partnership with Shipley Town Council.

Story Trails – a virtual reality tour of Bradford and its history will be hosted by Bradford Libraries on July 22 & 23.

Art In’t Park delivered in partnership with Bradford Fringe, will take place in Robert’s Park on July 18, Harold Park, Low Moor July 31 and Lister Park August 1.

A celebration of Emily Bronte’s birth has been organised in partnership with the Bronte Parsonage Museum and will be held in July 30.

Other highlights include the return of MAPA’s Peoples Day (27 August) and the Saltaire Makers Fair (17 - 18 September).

Bradford Council Sports and Activities team will deliver a series of events in Bradford parks as part of the Holiday Activities and Food programme Summer of Fun, a series of free, activity-packed fun days in parks and green spaces across the district over the school holidays.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Summer Unlocked promises to transform the district, bringing our streets and public spaces to life and celebrate Bradford in all its glory, allowing the people and communities of Bradford to tell our story, our way. We hope that families from every Bradford postcode will find something to enjoy with friends across the district this summer.”

For more information visit visitbradford.com/events