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About the Bradford Stories Festival

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The Bradford Stories Festival celebrates the people, places and stories at the heart of Bradford’s communities. It captures the backgrounds, experiences, traditions and values of different generations through art and performance, and gives school children the opportunity to learn about, and contribute to, the stories in their community.

The festival runs from October 2019 to spring 2020 and has three parts:

  • An inspirational launch event and art exhibition
  • School workshops to help children develop their own exhibitions
  • A celebration bringing schools and communities together to share their work

The festival is part of the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Stories and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Working with communities

The Bradford Stories Festival brings together the work and experience of local artists and key figures. Their creativity will inspire school children across the city.

Volunteers will lead faith trails, workshops and talks giving residents the opportunity to connect with others in their community.

Working with schools

The festival will work with 12 schools to give children the opportunity to explore and celebrate the diverse range of faiths, cultures, shared values and traditions that make up the Bradford community.

A series of workshops from local artists will inspire children to develop their own pieces of art or performance and tell their individual stories.

Children will then take part in classroom activities to develop their communication and language skills, and develop their own exhibitions.


Combining cultural experiences with children’s learning can significantly boost their literacy and build speaking and listening skills.

Sharing and learning about other people’s experiences and values enables children to feel part of their community and understand

different viewpoints.


The Bradford Stories Festival will culminate in a final event with children and communities exhibiting their work and celebrating the thousands of stories that make up Bradford.

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Calling all Bradford artists and exhibitors! To get involved with the festival contact Nabeelah on


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