By Ninder Kaur
Bradford’s City Park will again host the colourful and vibrant Bradford Festival this summer.
Organised by Bradford Council, the three day event promises a high quality multicultural programme of some of the best international, British and local music, theatre, art and dance.
The festival will take place on Friday 12 June to the 14th.
More than 300 people have confirmed to showcase their talents at this year’s Festival with Bradford Council announcing that multi-award winning British artist, Apache Indian will be headlining the event.
Best known for ‘Boomshackalak’, Apache Indian is the first Asian artist to achieve significant success in the international mainstream pop charts with seven top 40 hits and over 11 million in album sales.
He has toured the world five times and has just has just released his single, Election Crisis.
The festival will also be welcoming critically acclaimed British dance company, C-12 Dance Theatre who performed Trolleys at the festival in 2012, return with Market Stall, an innovative new piece which blends circus skills, parkour and high energy dance.
Chantel McGregor a multi-award winning blues and rock powerhouse will be making an appearance.
Born in Bradford, McGregor was the first female artist to win Guitarist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2013 and again won the same award in 2014.
Also attending the festival is India’s biggest cultural and musical exports, Raghu Dixit who will bring his unique brand of infectious, happy music which ‘transcends age, genre, and language’ to the Bradford Festival’s Mela Day.
Raghu Dixit has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and played at the Glastonbury Festival.
Last year’s Bradford Festival attracted over 150,000 to City Park during the three day event and this year’s festival will again offer lots of workshops and activities to allow people to get involved.
There will be food and drink stalls, a continental market, a fun fair and a range of workshops.
Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Employment, Skills and Culture, said: “We are delighted to have secured so many great acts for the Bradford Festival.
“The programme is looking really good this year with talented local performers appearing alongside top British and international acts.
“The festival is an important part of a busy programme of city centre events designed to increase footfall and support local businesses.”
Further details can be found at www.bradfordfestival.org.uk