Bradford Council has recently unveiled the highly anticipated line-up for this year’s BD:Festival, promising an unforgettable experience for attendees. The festival boasts an impressive array of world-class artists and performers, both international and national, as well as showcasing the remarkable talents of local artists from across the Bradford District.

The BD:Festival, a family-friendly event designed to cater to individuals of all ages, is completely free to attend. It is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, with various locations throughout the city centre playing host to the festivities. As the school summer holidays commence, the festival presents an ideal way to kick-start the break.

Over the course of the two days, the festival will bring life and vibrancy to three main areas, each with its own unique theme. The multi-award-winning City Park and Centenary Square will be transformed into “Beyond The Beat,” while the areas surrounding The Broadway shopping centre will be dubbed “Beyond Boundaries.” Additionally, Bradford’s Kirkgate and Oastler Market will come alive as “Beyond These Walls.”

The carefully curated program aims to captivate audiences with awe-inspiring performances, while also encouraging individuals to discover hidden gems scattered throughout the city. Moreover, festival-goers will have the opportunity to explore Bradford’s rich heritage in novel and unconventional ways.

In an exciting collaboration, BD:Festival has partnered with QM Records to present the MOVES Festival at Kala Sangam. This additional event will take place on both evenings of the festival, showcasing some of the music industry’s most exhilarating talents. Attendees can expect stellar performances from Lunar C, Blazer Boccle, Musumba, Red Shakes, and KG.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s, Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “BD:Festival is one of those annual events that really shines a light on the possibilities for Bradford; it’s a chance for us to really celebrate art, culture and heritage in a multitude of ways. We’re looking forward to welcoming some brilliant international, national and local artists and performers into the district.”

BD: Festival is produced by Bradford Council and demonstrates the growing ambition set out in Culture is Our Plan, the district’s 10-year culture strategy, as the Bradford district works towards its year of City of Culture in 2025.

BD:Festival line-up includes:

Mirage (A Day of Celebration)

An experiential dance performance like no other. Using an immersive setting to question the standards, the stage itself and the audience. Prepare to be in awe by the dynamism of this performance.

[The Frame]

[The Frame] proposes to stand in front of Bradford’s urban daily life to do a drastic exercise: observe it, meet strangers, provoke surprises and crisscross the ordinary to discover the extraordinary (booking is required. Link here: https://www.qmrecords.com/moves).

Sarcastic – Idiot; Alternative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Anger isn’t always a bad thing! A savage and silly exhibition that uses funny relatable texts to critique pop-culture, hypocrisy and provoke public debate, allowing the audience to insert their grievances and say things they wouldn’t normally voice.

Oastler Market Speaks

Formally known as John Street Market, we celebrate the market history with the audio play ‘Shutters Down’ by local creative and poet Kirsty Taylor, poster and street art installation.

Picturing High Streets / Picturing Bradford

Outdoor photography trail. Photos of Bradford’s high streets taken by local people, displayed around the city.

For the full programme, view the BD: Festival Programme & Map here: https://www.visitbradford.com/whats-on/bdevents

More information on MOVES Festival https://www.movesfestival.com/moves-bradford