Get yerselves out and about and into Bradford has been my mantra on You Can Take the Girl Out of Bradford since I moved back to the city three years ago. I’ve made it my mission to promote all the good things that are going on in the district. I’ve written a monthly list of what’s on in the city: the best events, exhibitions, films, gatherings. But this month it’s going to be a little bit different. We’re in week two of lockdown, so I’ve tried to find the best of what’s on online in Bradford to keep us entertained in our isolation. I’ll be adding to the list, so any suggestions please do share. I’ll also post new events and activities on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Best of Bradford:
- BCB Radio is doing sterling work keeping us up to date with all things Bradford, they’re keen to hear from you too with your experiences in these strange times. Find BCB at 106.6fm or online.
- The team at Visit Bradford has put together a huge range of activities and things to do on their regularly updated website.
Events in date order:
- Bradford City of Film is releasing its series of Screen Talks. Friday 24 April it’s the turn of Bradford actor Enzo Cilenti talking about Game of Thrones and Luther. From 11am.
- Queer Down Instagram live ‘mouthy’ chat with host Kafayat Adegoke on 24 April at 4.30pm. Part of Kafayat’s regular series on “avoiding the covidiots”.
- The Live Room in Saltaire presents a live online gig with Luke Jackson Friday 24 April at 8pm. Tickets on the website.
- Watch Freedom Studio’s live recording of 2016 play North Country what happens when plague sweeps through Bradford? Available for two weeks until May.
- See Mind the Gap’s epic production of Zara live in your living room. Watch until 11 May.
- Dave the Quizmaster hosts his regular Bradford quizzes online Tuesdays and Thursdays and can deliver bespoke quizzes to your mailbox too.
- Poetry workshop with Sophia Thakur for 12-19 year olds from 3pm and poetry and open mic with Kirsty Taylor from 5.30pm on Saturday 25 April . Hosted by the Bradford Literature Festival.
- Online Happy Hour at the Rose and Crown Saturdays from 6pm. The pub now has a beer delivery service and their regular Craft and Draught sessions will be moving online too.
- Doorstep Drinks, step away from the laptop, sit on your step and have a drink with your neighbours at 6.30pm Saturday organised by the Brick Box Rooms and Hidden Bradford.
- Front Room Disco DJ Wil Oddsox brings an eclectic range of music to your living room via youtube and Spotify every Saturday from 8pm.
- For T’ Culture, Social Unity evening of the best of live poetry, music, spoken word, and theatre from traditionally underrepresented artists across West Yorkshire. Next episode 30 April at 7pm.
Places to visit:
- Take a tour of Bradford’s blue plaques with Bradford Civic Society and find out more about the city’s history, people and places.
- The British Press Photographers Association’s exhibition at Cartwright Hall is now online. Some fantastic photos of a year in British photography.
- Educating Bradford is a new virtual exhibition that celebrates 150 years of education in the city, including the pioneering Bradfordians whose influence is felt to this day.
- Take a look at the Impressions Gallery’s online exhibition Forget Me Not, a project exploring family history and heritage.
- Bradford Film Heritage online walking tour Discover the sites of some of the city’s most famous film locations.
- Visit Cliffe Castle from your living room.
- If you’ve never been to Bradford’s beautiful Cathedral, take a tour here.
- The Bradford Literature Festival has launched a range of online groups and meetups including poetry nights and a book club. Take a look at the website and sign up to the newsletter for regular updates.
- Join Us Move Play has a new website full of simple, fun activities and games to keep kids active during the lockdown.
- Check out ICLSEducation on Instagram with creative ‘how to’ videos from origami, drawing, stress balls to face masks.
- Cecil Green Arts has a weekly creative arts challenge #Bradfordconnects using objects around your home.
- Hive Community Arts Bradford has a creative hour of classes via Facebook. Choose from Arabic calligraphy, painting, printmaking, pottery and woodwork.
- Stories Alive has daily live stories for children on its Facebook page at 3pm.
- Kala Sangam launched its #KSCreativechallenge for people to exhibit art on its social media platforms – it could be a picture, poem or even a tour of your home!
- Bradford-based theatre company Bloomin Buds has been delivering arts and crafts activities and music to isolated people and those without access to the internet. It’s also in the process of putting some of its performances and activities online too.
- East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley is organising a weekly drawing challenge of objects from around the estate.
- Artist Claire Kearns is looking for Bradford sounds recorded from people’s daily exercise, or even just out the window, for a sound project. Nature, lawnmowers, supermarkets anything you fancy. Send 20-60 seconds on mp3 with your postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Yorkshire Film Archive has over 100 years of Bradford on film to watch for free.
Classes and learning:
- Don’t miss Kala Sangam’s morning dance exercise classes. If you’re working from home, take a break at 10.30 every weekday with a super mini dance routine to stretch those limbs.
- Liberty Arts Yorkshire has launched its dance classes online from tap to adult dance fit, 80s and even 50s jive. See the website for payment details.
- Join Lloyd Thompson on Tranquil TV for his online breakdance lessons.
- Lisa Kate Health & Fitness has moved her yoga, pilates and barre classes online. Pay weekly or monthly for different classes every day.
- Lucy Yoga will be putting her dru yoga classes online soon. In the meantime, try out her recent youtube class.
- Future Learn has hundreds of free short, online courses covering everything from screen writing, work skills, coding, history and psychology.
- Be a student at one of the best universities in the world for free, Yale University has dozens of its lecture series online from astronomy, economics, politics and languages.
- For a very Bradford view of the world, my new podcast Know Your Place Bradford features good people doing good things in the city.
- Novameets is presented by musician David Nowakowski speaking to the great and good of Bradford often with a sporting focus.
- So This Works is a podcast about work and life balance with film maker Marcus Lee of Reel Street Productions.