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New UNIfy festival aims to inspire with series of interactive events


A poster advertising the UNIfy festival with dates 12 to 16 April

Festival will showcase University innovation and city's entrepreneurial spirit

The University of Bradford will launch a new festival in April packed full of fun, interactive events aimed at inspiring people and bringing the city and University together.

UNIfy 2021 will run from 12 to 16 April. Its aim is to celebrate the city's heritage, resilience, entrepreneurial spirit and flair for innovation.

Created with University staff, students, partners and communities, UNIfy will share knowledge, evoke discussion, inspire ideas and celebrate the University of Bradford in a weeklong programme of events.

Based on the three festival themes of Heritage and Pride, Enterprise and Innovation and Building Resilience, UNIfy aims to deliver an exciting online programme of free interactive workshops, lectures, panel discussions and more.

Activities will include:-

  • Lunch Break Conversations with…: a daily interview with a cultural figure in the city
  • Pass the Portrait: a 12-month project in which Bradfordians nominate someone to have their portrait and an accompanying interview. Each person will nominate the next in line, the final 12 portraits forming an exhibition in 2022
  • Recreate: a competition to create a sustainable business model that recreates unused spaces in the city
  • Creating Solutions: how do we reduced health inequalities in Bradford?: an examination of the link between health inequalities and social factors including place, access to services, education and employment

Explore the full festival programme and see how you can get involved.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shirley Congdon said: “I am delighted to announce the University of Bradford is hosting its first UNIfy festival, which brings an inspiring programme of events that celebrates the impact and uniqueness of the University, its city region and communities. 

“Covid-19 has not dimmed the commitment and creativity of our staff, students and partners in delivering our vision to create a world of inclusion and equality of opportunity where people want to and can make a difference. We want to be known as the place to be to make that difference.”

Numerous other activities and events will also be held from April 12 to 16, bringing together ideas and innovation from across the campus and the city.

Explore the full festival programme.