Illuminate Bradford

Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October

Come into Bradford and experience three days of magical acts at a mini festival packed with amazing performances, interactive installations and colourful street theatre. See The Luminarium, Zamana and Illuminares in City Park then wander out and discover surprising happenings around the city centre.


The Luminarium

7.30pm and 9pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, City Hall

Don’t miss this gigantic animated light show beamed onto Bradford’s magnificent City Hall. World-leading 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project tell the fascinating story of Bradford’s incredibly rich history through light, movement and sound. [10mins]

Zamana (Time in Urdu)

8.15pm Friday & Saturday, City Park

See this breath-taking new show by award-winning British arts companies, Nutkhut and The Dream Engine, featuring stunning aerial acrobatics and dynamic dance. [18 mins]


8.15 to 9.15pm Sunday, City Park.

Sixteen beautiful and quirky giant lantern sculptures by master puppet makers, Handmade Parade and Cecil Green Arts will grace City Park.


7pm to 9.15pm, City Park & Bradford city centre

Everyone is invited to play with Illumaphonium (Bank Street), beautifully dynamic semi-acoustic, music making light sculptures. As dusk falls, three large translucent Talking Heads (New Market Place) become magically animated with the audience’s faces, lip-syncing them into mysterious soundtracks. Irritating road works become things of beauty and attraction in Bureau of Silly Ideas (Temporary Gardens, City Park), a fascinating installation with subversive silly twists. See your face in Lightweight (Temporary Gardens, City Park), a huge inflated video sphere capturing its audience as it glows in the night sky.


7pm to 9.15pm, Norfolk Gardens, Tyrrel Street, Bank Street, Kirkgate

Take a ride at the funfairs and grab a delicious bite to eat at the food and drink stalls.
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