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Lighting up 50 years of Bradford

Published: Saturday 1 October 2016
Lighting up 50 years of Bradford

As temperatures drop you're probably feeling less tempted to go for a paddle in the city's beautiful fountains than in previous months, but there are still plenty of reasons to get yourself down to City Park.

And one of those reasons is the Forest of Light, which will see City Park transformed by 59 illuminated sculptures on 6-9 October. Described as a "visual feast", this looks like a very good reason to make sure you're in the city centre after dark. Why not try out one of the city's new bars and restaurants while you're at it? We're all rather excited about the new Five Guys which has just opened near Broadway.

What's going on down at t'Mill?

Busy month at the Theatre in the Mill, beginning with a work in progress performance of THESMO by Natalie Diddams. It takes place on Saturday 8 October, and is described as "a funny fusion of stand-up, sketch, lecture and performance that celebrates and interrogates the disruptive power of women doing comedy". On 13 October, the Imagine If theatre company performs You Forgot the Mince, which features themes of love and domestic abuse.

Check out the Theatre in the Mill website to see what else is coming up in October.

50 years of cake and counter-culture

The University of Bradford has been celebrating its 50th birthday this year, with lots of events over the last 12 months. The official birthday though is 18 October, as it was on this day in 1966 that the Royal Charter was signed, making Bradford Britain's 40th university. To mark the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor will be cutting a (hopefully very large) cake in the Richmond Building Atrium, and a 50th anniversary time capsule will be locked up. It all takes place at 13:30 on the 18th. Find out more about the history of the University on our Celebrating 50 Years website.

Meanwhile Gallery II's excellent exhibition Subveillance: 50 Years of the University of Bradford from Below is on until 8 December, focusing on "the alternative and counter-cultural activity in and around University of Bradford over the course of half a century, where art has been a means to surveil and speak back to institutions of power".

And lots more...

Check out the following links to find out about lots more going on in Bradford this month:

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