image for Festival item typeIlluminate Bradford at City Park

Festival, Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct 2017, free entry




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Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct Illuminate Bradford


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 & 9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun, 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 Fri & Sat, 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]


8.15-9.15pm Sun, City Park.

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


7pm-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-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.

Follow @CityParkBd on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information, and tag your posts with #IlluminateBradford.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct 2017 19:00 to 21:15


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 163329  Lat: 53.79216 Long: -1.75404