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UNIfy Extra

In addition to the amazing programme of events, there are even more activities, articles and films for you to enjoy during the UNIfy Festival. 

Conversations With . . .

A daily conversation celebrating some of our favourite cultural figures in Bradford.  

An opportunity to watch and listen as they share with us about their lives, their hopes and aspirations for the cultural sector, as well as their favourite book, music, film (or play) and place to visit in Bradford. During the conversation our celebrated guest will also be presented with an Honorary Award from the University of Bradford. 

Conversations with...will be shared by e-mail each day at 12 noon throughout the Festival week. To make sure you don’t miss the conversations sign up to our Unify mailing list.  

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Pass the Portrait

Pass the Portrait will be launched at the 2021 UNIfy Festival with the final exhibition being presented at UNIfy 2022.

The idea for Pass the Portrait was submitted through our community consultation by Mark Dolby who is the Director of STORY Film and Photography.

Over the next 12 months Mark will mentor people from across the district to take a portrait of their chosen person with the aim of telling a range of stories of interesting people who live, work, or make Bradford the wonderful place it is.

Mark has chosen the first person who will have their portrait taken and from this point it will be determined by who they chose. At UNIfy 2022 we will showcase the portraits and the stories behind them.

Join the Closing event on Friday 16 April to see the first portrait!

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Like many cities in the UK, Bradford has unused spaces in the City that are waiting for the next big thing to happen. If you were given one of these unused spaces what would you do with it? How would it contribute and benefit society, culture and the economy of Bradford? How would it be a responsible, sustainable and innovative business?

This event will launch a competition to develop a sustainable business model that recreates unused spaces in the City. We have identified two different unused spaces and we want you to create a plan on how you will make it the next big thing to happen in Bradford.

The competition will have two levels:1. university students and 2. members of the public, so everyone is welcome to get involved. You can develop your plan individually or you can create a team of up to 3 people.

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Academic and Artist Engagement project: Call for interest

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Ever wondered what your research and its findings would look like if it was translated into movement? Would removing the language barrier enable new audiences to engage with your research? Are you interested in finding out?  As part of UNIfy 2021 Kala Sangam would like to host an event which would give academics and dancers the chance to meet and discuss research projects in the hope connections are made to form a partnership. You would then work with the artist over the next 10-12 months with the aim of the dancer translating your research into a movement piece.   

The aim is to explore the ways to present research findings through creative means providing a platform for dissemination of key research projects but also to understand and learn from each other's professional processes. 

If you would be interested in attending an event as part of the festival (week commencing 12 April) to find out more about the project, explain your research and meet dancers who you might partner with please email with your details and brief overview of your research focus by 12 noon on Friday 19 March.  

Disclaimer: no academic will be asked to dance as part of this project!