Events taking place across the Bradford district to celebrate Black History Month

Article dated Monday Oct 2, 2023 at 04:00 PM

October is Black History Month and events and activities are taking place across the Bradford district to celebrate.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Jerry Barker will be attending a flag raising ceremony Centenary Square in the city centre on Sunday 1 October at 11am to mark the start events celebrating the month. Bradford City Hall clock tower will be lit up in red, yellow and green in celebration during October.

This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating our Sisters’ and events taking place in the district include exhibitions, comedy shows, mindfulness activities, parties, music, entertainment, workshops and much more.

Watch The Drifters Girl at the Alhambra Theatre from Tuesday 3 October to Saturday 7 October and discover the remarkable story of The Drifters and the truth about the woman who made them. From the highs of hit records to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, Faye Treadwell is the legendary manager of The Drifters who refused to give up on the group she loved.

Bradford Cathedral in partnership with the University of Bradford are hosting an exhibition of Ugandan Asian migration stories, alongside stories from the Windrush Community as part of the Journeys of Hope exhibitions from Monday 5 October to Tuesday 14 November.

COBO: Comedy Shutdown at the Studio Theatre on Friday 6 October, brings a Black History Month Special to Bradford, for an evening of rip-roaring, back slapping belly laughs.

The BRAVE Festival at Kala Sangam, Saturday, 7 October 10am to 6pm, is a day of exciting activities for all ages and abilities, with dance, music and spoken word workshops throughout the day, finishing with a big party at 5pm.

Take part in an afternoon of poetic exploration at a Windrush Poetry Workshop with Simone Yasmin at Kala Sangam on Saturday, 7 October 3pm.

Delve into the magic of mindful movement of ancient yoga, tapping into the wisdom of our ancestors and honouring the beauty & resilience that courses through our veins at the Ascension Vibrations event taking place at Checkpoint B.W.I.C.C.A on Saturday, 14 October 10.30am-6pm.

Nabil Abdulrashid’s The Purple Pill on Saturday 14 October at 8pm is a show about trying to be a good person while staying a badman. Join the star of Live at the Apollo at the Studio Theatre for this exploration of empathy, morality and political contradiction.

So Diva, famously championed by Sir Tom Jones on ITV’s The Voice UK, embark on their first national theatre tour in a show with a unique set list of 80s dancefloor classics from Irene Cara, Lipps Inc, Debarge, The Pointer Sisters, Evelyn Champagne King, Kool and the Gang, Stacey Lattishaw, Shalamar, Stephanie Mills and many more. See The Last Days of Disco at St George’s Hall on Thursday 19 October at 7.30pm.

Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service will be celebrating Black History month with events at two of its venues.

Bradford Industrial Museum will host Theatre In a Box’s “Curiosity, The Laser and Me - The Story of Patricia E Bath on Tuesday 24 October 11-12pm and 1-2pm. Patricia E. Bath was an African-American ophthalmologist and pioneer of laser cataract surgery. This show briefly covers themes of segregation, racism and gender equality in 1950’s-70’s America and is suitable for age 4-11 and families.

On Thursday 26 October Bolling Hall is inviting people to ‘Come and Get Astronomical’ and learn about historic Bradford astronomer Abraham Sharpe and modern-day British astronomer Maggie Aderin Pocock. The event which is suitable for all ages and families will see participants take part in astronomical activities working with poet Natalie Davies.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Black History Month is an important time of year. As a diverse district it is essential that we take the time to explore and understand the heritage of all of our residents. There’s an exciting programme of events happening throughout October, so please take the time to see what’s on offer.”

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