PEOPLE WHO MAKE BRADFORD SPARKLE | Tanya Vital

We’ve been looking for the People Who Make Bradford Sparkle – those people in our communities who have gone the extra mile to make us smile. We want to shine a spotlight on the individuals that have spread a sparkle of joy throughout the district this year.

Today we’re celebrating Tanya Vital, a Bradford actress who during lockdown created For T’Culture a weekly online show supporting local Bradford artists. 2020 has not turned out as Tanya planned, “I was supposed to be in Hollywood right now” said Tanya, but instead has spent lockdown in BD12 where she very quickly decided that she couldn’t “just sit around at me mum’s and do nothing”.

An actor, writer, digital content producer and podcaster, Tanya’s screen work includes Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Red Sparrow – it seems unlikely that she wouldn’t have done anything with her time. So in March when COVID-19 closed theatres, filming stopped and thousands of performers were out of work, Tanya decided to put her creative and digital talents to good use and launched For T’ Culture an online arts, entertainment, anime and gaming show, unique to Bradford if not the entire country.

At such a difficult time for the performing arts, Tanya has brought a little bit of sparkle to Thursday evenings in Bradford. Resolutely northern, For T’Culture has showcased under-represented artists from Bradford and West Yorkshire, championing singers, poets, rappers and film makers bringing them to new audiences via a specially developed online platform. For T’Culture has gone from strength to strength in the intervening months and now has a global reach, viewers even tune in from America via the Twitch streaming service. The performers have felt valued and supported, and audiences have discovered some fantastic new Bradford talent and new connections have been made to inspire future collaborations. This is particularly important when many local performers feel they have to move to London for work. Tanya hopes this may be changing and that For T’Culture can lay a foundation for promoting local talent and opportunities closer to home. Next year, Tanya is looking forward to her postponed trip to the US going ahead and returning to the stage. She is also researching and developing more digital arts projects. 

In the meantime, we might not have Christmas work parties this year, it may be a quiet Mad Friday, but tune it to Tanya and the team tomorrow (Friday 18 December) for the For T’Culture Christmas Special  – How Covid Stole Christmas! –  a festive evening of pop, hip-hop, R&B and soul music with two DJ sets and prize giveaways too. Don’t miss the best party of the tier!

How Covid Stole Christmas! Friday 18 December from 6pm: www.tanyavital.com

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The ‘People Who Make Bradford Sparkle’ campaign will run from December to February and will showcase the unsung heroes across the district, including those people who work in retail, tourism or hospitality. To make a nomination, email: hello@sparklingbradford.com or leave a comment on the Visit Bradford Facebook page: www.facebook.com/visitBradford