Bradford Festival opens this Friday

Bradford Festival opens this Friday to the sounds of over 250 school children singing a range of songs including ‘Wind the Bobbin up’

Pupils from 12 primary schools from across Bradford district will take part in the festival’s Schools’ Day where some of Bradford’s most talented children take to the stage in a programme of music, dance and celebration.


The event kicks off a weekend of free arts and entertainment featuring 21 music acts, 20 street theatre shows, three dance pieces and 15 workshops.


Local children will perform in a mass dance and a mass sing and take part in workshops and taster sessions organised by the Bradford Local Cultural Education Partnership.


The young people will have opportunities to develop their creativity with lecturing staff and students from Bradford School of Art.


Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said: “We are thrilled to be giving local school children the opportunity to perform on the same stage which will host celebrated professional musicians over the weekend.

 “Performing arts play a vital role in building confidence, stimulating creativity and enriching young people’s lives.

 “The Schools’ Day brings pupils together from all parts of the district to share an experience many will fondly remember for years to come.”

 The Schools’ Day is only for school children but the public can view the performances from outside the cordoned off areas in Centenary Square and City Park’s Temporary Gardens.


Bradford Festival runs from 12-14 July in City Park.


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