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Feast of free activities

 Over 40 local and British artists will stage a huge range of free activities and workshops as part of the Bradford Festival in July.

People will have the opportunity to try out a whole range of arts and crafts including painting, paper craft, calligraphy, poetry, sewing, textile and ceramic tile making, African drumming and chapatti baking.

Visitors to the festival are invited by artist, Uzma Kazi and her friends to create personalised chapattis as treasured art pieces in The Square Chapatti Club.

 Once finished, the chapattis will be added to an ongoing art installation for everyone to see.

Bradford-based visual artist, Zareena Bano Saeed, brings a spiritual Eastern flavour to the festival with Sufi Soul workshops where people will be inspired to paint whilst listening to music from East,Persia andAndalusia.

Local artist, Morwenna Catt will help people make their own decorative Koinobori, small Japanese carp-shaped paper windsocks, using simple printing and paper craft techniques.

It is traditional to hang Koinobori outside and inside Japanese homes during the Tango No Sekku festival which celebrates children.

The carp symbolises courage and strength because of the fish's amazing ability to swim up a waterfall.

Festival goers can have a go at writing poems or printing posters in the style of Roald Dhal’s Revolting Rhymes with help from local artist, Sandra Flitcroft.

Theatrical bitesized performances of Dahl’s hilarious take on classic fairy tales will be performed by Simon Kerrigan and Sian Williams to inspire people’s creativity.

Writer Becky Cherriman will run a taster workshop for young creative writers interested in developing their craft and joining Bradford Young Writers, Ilkley Literature Festival’s weekly group for teenagers.

Visitors to the festival will learn how to make decorative reusable shopping bags from discarded fabrics and attractive glass lanterns out of glass jars in fun workshops run by local arts organisation, Creative Flare

There will be an opportunity to learn spiritual and therapeutic rhythms of the ancient Ibos fromEastern Nigeriain African drumming workshop run by local musician, Moses Ekebuisi.

Staff from Bradford libraries will show people how to make decorative book bags, creative bunting out of disused books and a rag rug commemorating World War One.

Hive Bradford will help people create a colourful collage and ink map of Bradford using recycled and sustainably sourced materials.

The Our Place map will be a continuous creation that will be built up as the weekend progresses.

Festival goers are invited to visit it during the weekend of the 9-10 July to see how the map develops.

Local artists Katie Mahon and Georgina Hopkinson will help people create a giant display board reflecting aspirations for local and the Bradford district.

Bradford-based artists, Musarat Raza and Nasreen Akhtar, will help people bring pungent spices, brightly-coloured fabrics and beads together to make fragrant and decorative spice pouches.

There will be an opportunity to learn to make handmade tiles, commemorative plaques and mandalas - Indian spiritual symbols representing the universe, in workshops inspired by Imran Qureshi’s public art work, Garden within a Garden.

People will be able to try their hands at calligraphy from three continents – Arabic using bamboo quills, Japanese using brushes and English using calligraphy pens.

Local young people participating in National Citizen Service will run a drop-in drama workshop for children.

The Bradford Festival runs from 8-10 July in City Park, Bradford.

Admission is free.

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