Red Hippo @ Topic Folk Club

Red Hippo, performing at the Topic Folk Club on Thursday 14 April, are a stunning mix of sousaphone, Irish whistles, saxophones and strings. They explore a musical world influenced by traditional folk music with jazz-influenced arrangements. The three excellent musicians who make up the band, including the almost legendary Peadar Long, create an exciting clash of sound that appeals across the board. The differing styles are interwoven into a unique musical form, deceptively intelligent, yet utterly accessible, delivered with wit and humour.

Memorable in sound, appearance and enthusiasm they have already performed at many major festivals including Towersey, Sidmouth, Beverley, Marsden and Musicport.

‘Red Hippo engage an audience with a unique combination of instruments & personalities and come up with a sound that is both captivating and thoroughly inventive’ – Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival

Mind the gap presents…Contained

Following a highly successful national tour, Mind the Gap’s critically acclaimed production CONTAINED returns to MTG Studios in April for three performances. CONTAINED is a vibrant, compelling and personal show featuring a cast of nine learning-disabled performers (including Coronation Street’s Liam Bairstow) telling true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

Audiences across the tour have been inspired and moved, with 93% rating the show as excellent. Guardian theatre writer Lyn Gardner also said about the show, “It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.”

Contained will be appearing at MTG Studios, Lister Mills, Bradford on Thursday 14 April, 1pm and Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April, 7:30pm. Tickets cost £14 full and £12 concessions. Call 01274 487390 to book or visit

India’s Gateway: Textiles and Threads

India’s Gateway is a major new exhibition that weaves together photographs, film and people’s stories to explore the fascinating story of Gujarat and Mumbai as age-old centres of trade and migration, focusing on their links with Britain.

The main part of the exhibition will be shown at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, from 20 March to 3 July 2016.  Gallery II  will also be displaying the section of the show exploring the textile industry in Gujarat Thursday 24 March – Thursday 2 June. Both venues will be leading an innovative programme of work involving local artists and communities who will make their own contributions to the show.

BOSH! 4th birthday

Ey gringos! Pull on your ponchos and dust off those sombreros because Bradford’s numero uno multi-genre rave mashup is turning four and back at The Mill with a lineup more banging than your Nan’s chilli con carne! Expect house, breaks, drum & bass, and jungle upstairs with headline acts including Drumsound & Bassline Smith (Technique) and Utah Saints (Sugarbeat Club / Beat-Herder Festival), and rave, hard house and hardcore downstairs with headline acts including Dougal (Essential Platinum / TWR) and Digital Mafia (Rave On / Radio Frequency).10pm till late at The Mill. Tickets £10, £15 on the door.  

Ellen Kent’s Carmen

This dazzling production features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies including The Toreador’s Song and boasts a stunning new set that reflects the magnificent architecture of Seville with its Roman and Moorish influences. It  includes the main square, the bull ring and the tobacco factory, reputedly one of the most important in Europe. The set was built for Ellen Kent in England by Setup Scenery, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Wednesday 27 April at the Alhambra Theatre.

Bradford Independent Beer Festival

The free entry festival at Bradford’s BrewHaus goes on from 12noon ‘til late from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2. It will feature more than 40 real ales and ciders from across the UK, including many from well-loved local breweries. Local favourites will include Bradford Brewery and Salamander, Skipton’s Grey Hawk and Copper Dragon and York Brewery. Hand-crafted ciders and perries will be provided by The Real Cider Co from Hebden Bridge, who will also be running tasting sessions.

There will be stalls from the venue’s monthly vintage market, plus street food snacks to soak up the beer. Live music is lined up throughout the weekend, including acoustic rock singer Danny Aspinall and The Good Citizens.

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Family Spring Wild Food Day

A day to explore spring wild and urban gleaned foods, led by Grow Bradford.  Learn how to find and make foods from what’s right on your doorstep and make delicious foods which have added micronutrients and can give you a boost after winter.  

Free zingy tonic concoction!  Hedgerow salads! Perfect pestos! Wild food pizzas!  Come in and have a chat, make your own wild food lunch and contribute to our community foraging map!  Hands-on workshops for adults and kids! At Delius Arts Centre, 12pm – 4pm on Saturday, 16 April.

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