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Come and join us at the BBC Music Day

Bradford is again gearing up to play its part in the third BBC Music Day, which will be held in City Park on Thursday 15 June.

Bradford is one of a handful of cities taking part in this nationwide celebration which aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music.

Hundreds of pupils from across the district will play their part in the Music Day whilst also taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt involving over 800 pupils who will try and break the world record for the number of people taking part in a Bamboo Tamboo*. The current record is 661 people, and we currently have 800 + pupils signed up.

Entertainment will be provided by Bradley Johnson from Bradford. Bradley was a contestant on the BBC’s Let It Shine programme. He will be performing at lunchtime and then again before the event closes.

The primary-aged pupils will be taking part in workshops throughout the day but secondary pupils will perform for the crowds from 3.45pm onwards.

Tony Johnson, Bradford Council’s Head of Music & Arts, said: “This is a great event for the City and the district. We are delighted that the Third BBC Music Day will be held in our wonderful City Park.

“This is a great opportunity for the hundreds of young people to be involved and the entertainment and performances continue up until 8pm. It will also be a real boost for the pupils and the district if we can beat the Guinness World Record attempt.”

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services, said: “This is an excellent event and we are thrilled Bradford is taking part again. The inaugural Music Day was held in Bradford in 2015.

“We have already had the #LoveBradford Guinness World Record success in City Park so for so many children to be involved in a further attempt is very exciting. We have so many talented pupils and it is good for so many of them to be involved in this event.”

Event timings:  The event starts at 10.00am and finishes at 8.00pm.

Students from Bradford Music Centre Rock School perform at BBC Music Day 2016
Students from Bradford Music Centre Rock School perform at BBC Music Day 2016

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Bradford Dragonboat Festival 2017 launch – 28 February

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid will be launching the Bradford Dragonboat Festival for 2017 at a special event in the Mirror Pool of Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park on Tuesday 28 February at 12 noon.

He will be joined by representatives from last year’s winning team, Red Phoenix, paddlers from teams who already signed up to take part, as well as council staff who have volunteered to support the festival in their own time.

There will be three full-size Dragonboats on display in the Mirror Pool for people to get an idea of what the festival will be like.

The festival raises money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which this year is raising funds for YoungMinds.

YoungMinds helps children, young people and their parents to find out about the mental health and wellbeing services that are available to them. They also run a helpline for parents worried about the mental health of their children and HeadMeds which is a website about mental health medication for young people.

The Festival which is now in its 3rd year is set to become even bigger and better as it moves to a three day format run over the weekend of 5, 6 and 7 May.

Friday will be specifically for young people and schools and it will be the first of its kind in the UK. The competition will be open to teams of young people aged 11 to 17 (or 25 for people with disabilities). This competition has particular links to the Lord Mayor’s charity YoungMinds, which focuses on support with mental health issues for young people.

Saturday is the main charity day for community teams. Last year 900 people in 45 teams came from across the Bradford district to race in the largest event of its type in the UK. It raised over £43,000 for last year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Sunday will be a day for corporate teams with the aim of getting teams from large organisations from across the UK to come to Bradford and race.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid, said: “The Bradford Dragonboat Festival is a fantastic event. It is delivered by volunteers and is a whole community festival, planned, designed and delivered by the community, for the community, involving the community and raising funds for the community. We still need teams to take part as well as a vast army of volunteers. Anyone interested should please visit the website and register their interest.”

For more information visit www.bradforddragonboatfestival.co.uk