Illuminate Bradford


30 NOV – 2 DEC
FRI 5-8.45PM, SAT 4-8.45PM, SUN 4-8.15PM


Come to Bradford and experience three days of magical acts at a mini festival packed with amazing performances, interactive installations and colourful street theatre.

See our amazing 3D video show projected onto City Hall then wander out and discover surprising happenings around the city centre.


The Imaginarium


Don’t miss this gigantic animated light show beamed onto Bradford’s magnificent City Hall. Let world-leading 3D projection specialists, the Colour Project, take you on a magical journey under the sea, into space and through a mysterious fantasy land.  This incredible show ends with a spectacular finale of light and sound.

City Hall, Bradford

On the hour and half past the hour
Fri 5-8:45pm
Sat 5pm-8:45pm
Sun 5pm-8:15pm
[11 minutes]



View the collective words and phrases that describe this great city shone high onto the side of Impressions Gallery throughout the festival.

Impressions Gallery, City Park

Fri 5-8.45pm
Sat 5-8.45pm
Sun 5-8:15pm



Try your hand at bringing this building to life with an interactive light exhibit that lets you meticulously re-design the facade in real-time with vivid colours and vibrant palettes.

Nat West building, Bank Street

Fri 5-8.45pm
Sat 5-8.45pm
Sun 5-8:15pm


Handmade Parade


Huge, colourful puppet lanterns including a musical Lion, a Top hat with magic doves, a moon and stars and hummingbirds will bring to life a magical world in the Temporary Gardens. On Friday the puppets will go on a walkabout accompanied by a costumed stilt performer. On Saturday and Sunday there will be a walkabout with fortune telling performers.

Temporary Gardens City Park

DJ Ukebox

See this wildly absurd little live show combining music, performance, dance, song, comparing, comedy and tragedy. From satire to slapstick, this celebration of pop is guaranteed to have you dancing and laughing in equal measure. Nothing is off limits in this mad medley of modern music.

Corner of Bank Street and Darley Street

Fri 5pm, 6.15pm, 7.30pm
Sat & Sun 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm
[1 hour]


Marvel at these mobile cinemas on tricycles. LightBikes will illuminate Bradford’s streets, buildings and pavements with colourful interactive animations. Follow the bikes and see the city in a whole new light.

Around Tyrrel St and Ivegate, Bradford

Fri 5.15pm, 6:40pm, 7:50pm
Sat 4:15pm, 5:40pm, 7:50pm
Sun 4.15pm, 5:40pm, 7.15pm
[45 minutes]


Funfairs, food and craft fairs

Take a ride at the funfairs, browse unique products at the craft market, and grab a delicious bite to eat the food stalls.

Fri 5-8:30pm
Sat 4-8:30pm
Sun 4-8pm


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