Summer Unlocked a programme of free events and activities across Bradford District during Summer 2021. Animating the spaces where we have found solace during lockdown – our public parks, our streets and neighbourhoods, our moors and our gardens and and public spaces.
Inspiring, joyful, and creative projects to enjoy outdoors this summer – July, August and September 2021.
This summer, visit South Square and step back in time with Titanic Relaunched.
When the historic arts space first opened in 1982, the launch was marked by an elaborate Titanic-themed fancy dress party. To celebrate the completion of a large-scale renovation and refurbishment, South Square will recreate the joy of the Titanic event in a covid-safe way, filling the community courtyard and garden with colourful backdrops to capture party-style photos and unique moments. Backdrops will mimic those seen at the original party and include an iceberg, lighthouse, sea gulls and a ships wheel.
Visit the Centre to enjoy the courtyard, gallery and café, and capture your own photo to help South Square recreate archive shots from the 1980s event.
Peace Artistes Pop Up in the Park
The Peace Artistes are a riotous and raucous explosion of brass, woodwind and percussion, playing tunes from around the world and entertaining audiences with their toe-tapping music, eccentric costumes and haphazard choreography. This Summer, don’t miss the chance to catch a live open-air performance as the Peace Artistes pop-up at a park near you.
The Rite of Spring Reimagined at City Park
The award-winning Seeta Patel Dance Company re-imagines Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring, in the powerful Indian classical dance style, Bharatanatyam. Performed in the Mirror Pool and showcasing some of the finest dance talent from across the globe, this unique re-telling of a pagan folk story celebrates the re-opening of our city by bridging two cultures, and two technical, powerful and evocative art forms : Western classical music and Indian classical dance.
Expect expressive prowess, intricate rhythmic footwork and dynamic movements, creating one of the most exciting flirtations between East and West and a truly not-to-be-missed event for Bradford.
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Stravinsky, a commemoration marked and celebrated by thousands around the world.
Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and step into Another World. Creativity, curiosity and landscape come together in this playful installation in Parson’s Field, the meadow behind Haworth’s Brontë Parsonage Museum. We’ve worked with NEON Studio to create an unexpected immersive experience that moves and shifts with the wind. Come and play, picnic, read, reflect, explore or simply lose yourself in an imaginary world on the edge of the moors where the Brontës, Bradford’s most famous literary family, ran wild.
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Summer Unlocked Brought to you by : Bradford Council, Bradford 2025 and The Leap a local, safe and playful programme of arts and culture activity aimed at creating moments of surprise, celebration and reflection.