Intercultured Festival Back for October 2021
After an incredible response last year to the series of Inter-Community talks, Intercultured are back with even more in store for 2021. A full festival programme is now live and with a whole 10 days of arts, culture, workshops and conversation. There’s something for everyone and it is all free.
“Rich diversity of heritage”
“Last year we piloted the festival as we felt the communities needed a voice during the Pandemic” Mussarat Rahman said. “This year we want to show the rich diversity of heritage, culture and communities in which we live, work and share our lives. All our events are community-led by local artists, settled communities and organisations. Bradford has a rich history of migration and sanctuary. And we wanted to capitalise on this history and celebrate how it has influenced our Bradford community, changed peoples lives and how much people love Bradford’s diversity.”
The festival takes place at venues across the city and some events will be online. Kala Sangam Arts Centre will be hosting a world class music concert from headline act Rafiki Jazz on Saturday 23 October. This group of star musicians and singers from Africa, India, the Middle East, South America and Europe are led by inspirational Sufi soul singer Sarah Yaseen, for an evening of divine, absorbing and borderless music. On 28 October I’m Muslamic Don’t Panik an autobiographical show by Bobak Champion, Bristolian, Iranian and Hip-Hop head can also be seen at Kala Sangam – part live music, part dance, part spoken word with a healthy dose of clowning.
Throughout the festival an exhibition of work created by local Bradfordians, titled ‘Humanising’ runs throughout October. You can find that at Common Space in Oastler shopping centre. Showing powerful artwork created by refugees, asylum seekers, members of the Deaf Women’s Society, LGBTQI and also youth communities, the exhibition highlights the positive contributions to society such diverse groups have and continue to make.
“Get your body moving”
You can also take part in dance classes throughout the festival to get your body moving. No matter your age, you can try Belly dancing, Breakdancing, and African and World Fusion dance.
Four cooking workshops are also on offer. Here you can learn dishes from across the world including Syrian sweets, Iraqi and Caribbean traditional dishes. Or why not learn the art of Arabic Calligraphy? Complete beginners are welcome at all the creative workshops. There’s Digital Skills, Poetry and Film Making all on offer between 20th and 30th October.
For anyone with children, the Bradford Family Fun Day runs from 12pm – 5pm on Friday 29th October. Or if you’re closer to Keighley, you can also join in at the Airedale shopping centre on Saturday 30th October, 12-4pm. There’s a whole host of creative workshops suitable for all the family to take part in.
“Inspirational and informative”
Does poetry and spoken word light you up? A local poetry night with poet Siobhan MacMahon on 27th October showcases local talent. And an evening of transnational poetry will also be online on 30th October. That’ll include a stellar international lineup for ‘Found In Translation’ a unique chance to hear inspirational poets from across the globe.
Inspirational and informative talks are also dotted throughout the programme, and they take place both in-person and online. The lineup includes a Young Peoples Panel and a Palestinian activist live stream. There’s also information for sanctuary seeking communities including the legal process for those seeking sanctuary. There’s also information on how best to access health care services.
Some events accept drop-ins, but places may be limited and booking tickets is advised. Full information can be found at facebook.com/InterculturedFestival. For tickets, visit interculturedfestival.eventbrite.com