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Dystopian visions of the future and slowing art down - April in Bradford

Published: Thu 31 Mar 2016
Dystopian visions of the future and slowing art down - April in Bradford

The sun is shining and despite the threat of April showers, it's a good time to get out and explore everything that the Bradford district has to offer as the weather improves. Why not plan a walk out in the countryside for the weekend? But we won't force you out into the fresh air - there's plenty of indoor activities for you this month in Bradford.

Treading the boards

Get to the Alhambra from 12-15 April to see the course of true love running, well, not smoothly. See the Royal Shakespeare Company and Leeds Art Centre perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

On campus here at the Theatre in the Mill there are two work in progress showings, What If I Told You on 16 April and The Image in the Other on 23 April.

While on 28 April Displace Yourself Theatre presents Eden, and if you're a fan of dystopia you need to get yourself a ticket for this. The play is set in the not too distant future, when Earth is "a lifeless wasteland", and Eden is a domed city that appears to be paradise. Student tickets for Eden are just £4 in advance.

Slow it down

Slow Art Day logo Bradford has more than its fair share of galleries - we've even got one on campus - but how often do you really take the time to explore them, and to appreciate the art in front of you?

Slow Art Day is here to help. 

On Saturday 9 April Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley is one of 160 venues around the world where visitors are being asked to "look at art slowly". 

The museum has selected five artworks for you to spend 5-10 minutes looking at (each!) from 13:00-14:00. Then have a discussion about your experience over cake! 

The organisers say you "make discoveries" when you look at art slowly, and that for participants "the most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise)".

Spring sports

The Students' Union's annual intramural competition takes place from 8-10 April, described as an "action-packed weekend filled with sport, games booze and entertainment".‌

Sixteen teams will be taking part, with events including Rowing, Hockey, Tug of War, and Friday Night Disco.

Back in time

What were you doing in 1991? Had you even been born? Well at the University of Bradford we were celebrating our 25th anniversary, and a time capsule was buried somewhere on campus to be dug up and opened during our 50th anniversary celebrations.

It's happening on 12 April at 13:30 in the Richmond Building Atrium - come along to get a glimpse of how the world's changed in the last quarter of a century.

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