Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2014 on 2:33 pm

Bradford Fest celebrated with acrobats, dhols, and a shed loada paint

Bradford Festival Orquesta Leodis

Orquesta Leodis

Bradford Festival

Fiza and Saima from Barkerend Primary makes roses with Chemaine

Bradford Festival The Dhol Foundation

The Dhol Foundation perform on Mela Day

Bradford Festival Alejandro And The Magic Tombolinos

Alejandro And The Magic Tombolinos

Bradford Festival

Uzma Kazi paints her 'Shed Loada Paint'

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Thousands have flocked to Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park to attend this year’s Bradford Festival.

The three-day festival was opened on Friday afternoon by over 200 school children who sang songs of peace in Bradford’s Centenary Square.

Pupils from schools such as Barkerend Primary School then spent the afternoon decorating the magical art installation of the Rose Garden in Norfolks Gardens.

Visitors tried their hand at calligraphy and painting workshops, as stalls around City Park offered the finest selection of gifts, foods and sweets.

Mind the Gap, Bradford’s highly acclaimed theatre company, performed a teaser on Saturday for the world premier of Gift, a music-performance piece created in and around a shipping container.

Assistant director Joyce Lee told the Yorkshire Standard: “The first day was a teaser for our performance which was held with community groups and Stomp veteran, Billy Hickling. We brought in a big shipping container into City Park, and we really wanted to put on a show.”

Nearby, artist Uzma Kazi was working on her project named ‘Shed Loada Paint’, which saw a normal garden shed being transformed into a piece of creative expression and art.

She said: “Bradford Festival has been a great experience, and I’ve been having many conversations with passer-bys, who have walked past and were curious as to what I was doing. Two people even offered to help out.”

Sunday was Mela Day, where renowned acts, musicians and bands from across the world took stage.

Topping the comprehensive line up was the UK’s most celebrated Punjabi dhol drummer, Johnny Kalsi, who performed with his band, The Dhol Foundation, guest singers and Bhangra dancers.

Speaking after the event, Johnny said: “We really enjoyed it and it was fantastic being back in Bradford. I’m so glad they loved us and I can’t wait to come back again with the Dhol Foundation.”

Also performing on the day were world music group Transglobal Underground, renowned Bristol-based performers Sheelanagig, Mexican band Mariachi Jalisco and dance group Ekul Mizan (Equal Scales).

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