Children of all ages can experience the story of Aladdin like never before in this reimagined tale of adventure, magic and friendship, filmed at recognisable locations across the city through a mix of live-action and animation.  

Aladdin and the Stolen Stories has been set and filmed in Bradford and children can expect to see many familiar places such as City Park, Oastler Market, City Hall and Salts Mill. The story is told through five short episodes that will be free to watch via the BLF website from Monday 19th April. As the story unfolds, Aladdin and his friends discover a further 5 stories, the ‘Found Stories’, which will also be available to view for free online. Families can download a ‘Story Map’ for one of six community parks across Bradford and, by following the map, will discover QR codes that will lead them to where the ‘Found Stories’ have been hidden. For families who are shielding, we have also created a ‘Stay-at-Home Story Map’ so that they can discover the ‘Found Stories’ without leaving the house.  

Accompanying the series is a fun and creative Activity Booklet, available to download for free, so that children can read and play along at home. Hard copies of the Activity Booklets will be distributed to all Bradford Primary Schools throughout April, with thanks to Bradford Council, and via the following distribution partners:  

  • Better Start Bradford 
  • Bradford Libraries 
  • Bradford Care Service 
  • The National Literacy Trust 
  • Canterbury Imagine  
  • St Luke’s Hospital 
  • Bradford Royal Infirmary 
  • Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank  

In developing this strand of the Bradford Inspired project, BLF has given particular thought to reaching children and families who live in digital poverty, without access to the internet. In order to ensure that children in the most disadvantaged communities are able to access this content, Aladdin and the Stolen Stories will also be available on DVD and distributed for free via many of the organisations listed above.  

Aladdin and the Stolen Stories is funded by Building A Stronger Britain Together, with additional support from Better Start Bradford, as part of Bradford Inspired.  

Syima Aslam, Director of Bradford Literature Festival, said: “As an organisation endlessly inspired by the communities and culture of Bradford, I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to give something back through ‘Bradford Inspired’. We’re celebrating themes of community and connection, hope and creativity, which are now more important than ever before. We have worked hard to ensure that Aladdin and the Stolen Stories is accessible off-line for families in digital and data poverty. We’re grateful to the Home Office for making the funds available for this project and hope that we can help people feel less isolated and more uplifted, at this challenging time.” 

Alex Spragg, Director of Better Start Bradford, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bradford Literature Festival and the Aladdin and the Stolen Stories story trail. It’s great that the trail incorporates many of Bradford’s lovely parks and we hope families across the district enjoy getting outdoors and bringing the story to life. We are also excited that the story trail will give people an opportunity to see some of the areas created through our Better Place project.” 

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