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May 6th, 2022

Bradford Literature Festival Announces Full 2022 Programme

The North of England’s leading literature festival – Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) – today announces the full 2022 programme for its eighth annual live in-person festival featuring over 500 events for adults and children across 10 remarkable days between 24…

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April 15th, 2022

BLF 2022 Highlights Revealed

2022 Programme Highlights Revealed After two years of hybrid and digital events, the North of England’s leading literature festival – Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) – today announces its 2022 programme highlights featuring world-class authors, academics, spiritual leaders, and exciting new…

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Peformers in City Park Bradford carrying a model car and reinacting the flying car scene from Harry Potter
March 29th, 2022

Bradford’s City Park celebrates 10 year anniversary

On Thursday 24 March 2022, Bradford’s iconic City Park celebrated its 10 year anniversary. The £24million regeneration of the space in the heart of the city, which included the installation of the “mirror pool” as its centrepiece was opened to…

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March 18th, 2022

Bradford is shortlisted for City of Culture 2025

BRADFORD is one step nearer to becoming UK City of Culture 2025, after making the final stage of the competition. Bradford has been announced as one of four shortlisted places approved by Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media…

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Bradford Literature Festival CEO Syima Aslam stood in front of the Bradford skyline.
March 8th, 2022

Asian Standard Women’s Special: Meet the woman who brings words and ideas to life

Bradford Literature Festival CEO & Artistic Director, Syima Aslam is featured in Asian Standard’s Women’s Special for International Women’s Day. In the feature she talks about her love of reading, her background in business, and BLF’s responsible approach to arts…

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February 24th, 2022

Events organisers aim to improve access with ‘hybridity here to stay’

Event organisers hope to improve accessibility for both physical and digital offerings, increasingly through partnerships with other companies, as hybrid events remain popular two years on from the start of the pandemic. Though organisers overwhelmingly agree hybrid events have increased…

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A woman, syima aslam, director of Bradford Literature Festival sat on a chair on stage at St. George's Hall Bradford.
February 12th, 2022

From Keighley to Karachi – Bradford Literature Festival programme to help women thrive in the arts

Producers of the Future: From Keighley to Karachi is aimed at tackling an under-representation of South Asian women in the creative sector and particularly within positions of leadership. The digital talent programme was aimed at giving 10 women producers of Pakistani…

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A woman, syima aslam, director of Bradford Literature Festival sat on a chair on stage at St. George's Hall Bradford.
January 1st, 2022

BLF Founders Syima Aslam and Irna Qureshi, awarded MBEs in New Year’s Honours List.

The inspiring women behind Bradford Literature Festival have been honoured for efforts in contributing to the city’s economic regeneration and future while championing its rich heritage. Irna Qureshi is made an MBE for services to heritage while fellow festival co-founder Syima Aslam…

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A witch casting a spell and the text Aladdin and the Stolen Stories.
April 1st, 2021

Introducing Aladdin and the Stolen Stories: A d igital s torytelling experience by Bradford Literature Festival with Wrongsemble Theatre , as part of Bradford Inspired.

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…

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February 25th, 2021

Bradford Inspired: How New Project Will ‘Uplift and Connect’ People Through Culture

A new project from the Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) will launch next month to help people feel connected at a time of isolation amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Bradford Inspired will include a wealth of free-to-access creative projects using digital technology to…

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