Summer Unlocked

Summer Unlocked will be a programme of events and activities across Bradford District during Summer 2021. We want Bradford District to come back to life in our outdoor spaces that have been important to so many of us during lockdown. We want to animate the spaces where we have found solace - our public parks, our streets and neighbourhoods, our moors and our gardens and even our shopping arcades and public spaces.

The Leap, Bradford Council and Bradford 2025 are working together on a captivating, local, safe and playful programme of arts and culture activity aimed at creating moments of surprise, celebration and reflection.

As we head towards Summer 2021, with the prospect of widespread vaccination in sight for many and a new roadmap out of lockdown, we are inviting communities to come forward and apply for programmes of activity that could be take place during July, August and September 2021. We are seeking to fund inspiring, joyful, creative projects at a wide variety of scale and impact across the district that will encourage the residents and visitors to Bradford district to enjoy arts and cultural activities outdoors this summer.

We want to fund events & activity that will demonstrate the imagination and creativity of the district for residents and visitors alike and act as stepping stones to what’s possible if our bid for UK City of Culture 2025 is successful. We’re planning to put on an ambitious, district-wide programme of events, activities, installations and happenings, promoted and produced in collaboration with colleagues at Bradford Producing Hub, Bradford 2025, The Leap as well as council colleagues in Culture and Tourism, in the Libraries, Museums and Galleries service as well as across heritage, education and sport and from Business Improvement Districts across the district, amongst others.

Ideas could range from creating temporary performance spaces (of any duration) in unexpected locations to outdoor screenings, outdoor performances in existing outside spaces, visual arts or temporary exhibitions, hyperlocal neighbourhood tours, live music, or spontaneous ‘guerrilla’ events unexpectedly appearing in local neighbourhoods.

We’re interested in playful responses to the Call Out which can take place outside and that draw on the district’s natural assets. We would like to encourage applications for work that is durational, surprising and visually impactful without drawing significant crowds, and is flexible in terms of where and when it is delivered. Small scale events for hyper local audiences will be considered, where they are assessed to be appropriate. Covid-compliancy information will be requested as part of the application process.

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Deadline: 12th April.

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