The Creativity Council

Introducing Bradford Producing Hub’s Creativity Council! The Creativity Council includes people from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences. A bit like a committee or a steering group, they:

Imagine how live performance and creativity can make Bradford a better place to live and work.
Create new ideas and talk about how these could work.
Help the project think about all the different communities in Bradford and what they want and need.
Talk about how things are going, what we should be doing more of, and what we should do differently.
Review applications for training and funding, and help select what the project should support.

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Creativity Council Coordinator

Laura Rakotonirina

A Malagasy Brummie living in Yorkshire. I’m a creative arts producer, musician and printmaker who cares about inclusivity across the arts and beyond.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Speaker's Corner obviously!

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More opportunities for young people, things to do, jobs, ways to nurture them, keep them busy and flourishing!

Aina J Khan

Aina J Khan is a journalist and writer who has written for Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, and Vogue Arabia. Her short play, Pashto Thriller, debuted at Bradford Literature Festival in 2018, and returned last year for a city-wide tour in Bradford.

Head shot of Beccy Durham with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Centenary Square

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Live music venues

Beccy Durham

Beccy- Yorkshire Actor, Director, Producer, Facilitator, Writer, Teacher, Bookkeeper, Gardener, Dancer, Runner, List Maker, Wife, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Auntie, Friend, Colleague. A Good Egg.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Everywhere! Bradford has so much to offer!

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Community cohesion

Davinder Singh

Passionate, motivated, fun and creative individual. Willing to help others gaining new and exciting experiences. Natural leader and team player having abilities to listen to others and share views positively.

Head shot of Geetha Upadhya with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
There are many places one must visit - Cartwright Hall,NSMM, Brontes, Industrial Museum, Peace Museum, Bolton Abbey and Kala Sangam

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More of young people's creative work, local artists creating collaborations with national and international artists, reviving the Festival etc

Geetha Upadhya

Presently, I am a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett and in the School of Health and Arts & Culture. I live in north Leeds but my soul lives in Bradford and hence totally committed to the city. I really enjoy creating cross cultural work and performing impromptu, making new connections and treasure the blessings I have!

Head shot of Hafsah Nibe with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
An afternoon of video games, food and books! First we'd head to the Games Lounge at the museum and play every game, then if there was any afternoon left, we’d head over to the thai place on Sunbridge Road for Har Kau (steamed prawn dumplings) and salt and pepper chips and then over to the Wool Exchange for some books and coffee!

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Entertainment: escape rooms, outdoor mini futsal pitches, interactive public art, drive in cinema, free water taps, art murals on the buildings, local advertising campaigns designed by different communities of people, independent designer clothes shops.

Hafsah Nibe

Artist who got into art school with science notes.

Headshot of Kafayat Adegoke with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Bradford ice rink. It's as international as it gets.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Open-minded locals, and respect for emerging professionals

Kafayat Adegoke

A Bradfordian and all-round eager personality. My hobby? I’m, glad you asked…FOOD!

Laura Brooks with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Oooww that's a good question. Firstly I could take them for a brew in Waterstones, the most beautiful book shop in the world. Then we would head to My Thai on Sunbridge Road for pad Thai and fish cakes, followed by walk around City Park to see the sights. Then a bus trip to Saltaire for walk by the canal and possibly a some refreshments at Fanny's Ale House.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Free, inclusive events that help to break down barriers and create conversation

Laura Brooks

A Mancunian in Bradford. Full time Mama and Volunteer, part time Comedian.
I’ve worked in Bradford’s Arts and Cultural sector for 5 years, I’m passionate about creating space for unseen artists.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Underground through the Beck, overground high above the skyline to Baildon Moor. Or if its raining to the 1in12 library

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Outdoor performances (not street theatre).

Lukas Hornby

Honoury Bradfordian, living in Manningham, doing grassroots work in the city centre or entertaining myself with weird and unusual sounds.

Head shot of Michael McKenny with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Geek Retreat for some games, Pizza Pieces for some food, North Parade for some drinking (City Park if it's sunny) - and should get a chance to show the beauty inside our Waterstones on the way past.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Participation and joined up thinking and collaboration. I'd like every individual's creative effort to help support the whole, without being onerous (causing burnout) to any single individual

Mike McKenny

I currently attempt to educate and enlighten young minds, teaching English and Media Studies in Bradford. Film devourer; lover of free-thinking; habitual social analyst; resurgent skateboarder; detester of apathy.

Headshot of Natalie Jovanovic with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Listed Park/Cartwright Hall.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More of a prominent and vibrant art scene which celebrate Bradford’s culture and colourful people (of every background!).

Natalie Jovanovic

I’m Natalie, 24 going on 84… (thanks back pain!)
I like arts and crafts, cats and coffee. You’ll often find me reading, writing or doodling.

Head shot of Pakeezah Zahoor with The Creativity Council

If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Salts Mill and then for a cup of chai

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Investment!

Pakeezah Zahoor

Pakeezah is an arts professional working in community engagement with a background in postcolonial theory. She likes running, stretching, reading and eating in her spare time!

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Leeds Road, for the food and the different shops!

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More performances/events that cater for the different communities and people who live in Bradford, and engage everyone part of our city.

Sajidah Shabir

Brown Bradford girl, born and bred here. Currently work as an Assistant Producer at a Bradford Based theatre company called, Common Wealth. I am passionate about my city, and bringing the people of Bradford together through any form of art!

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
The Peace Museum (of course), followed by NSMM, then to Brick Box bar for a drink, followed by an Omar's Curry!

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
High quality big creative and cultural events that bring people together and use the big open spaces we have.

Shannen Johnson

I work at The Peace Museum, I’m from and live in Bradford and I love it! I love museums, heritage, cats and wine.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
The moors and a nice meal somewhere on Leeds road after :D.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Free events for families and youth, events that are educating and engaging and fun.

Sharleen Shaha

I have worked in Mental health for around 10 years. I like to write on my blog and read, I like to use art forms to create changes in society.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Id take them to Little Germany so they could see the architecture and begin to understand the Cities heritage

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
Definitely more art across the city centre, which reflects the mix of cultures we share

Stephen Thorp

I am 64 years old and a retired Civil Servant. Born and bred in Bradford with a passion for visual and digital art, recording ‘moments in time’ and posting them on Instagram.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
If it's sunny, the Cow and Calf rocks in Ilkley Moor. If it's raining, the National Science and Media Museum

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
I'd like to see more companies and organisations investing in Bradford to create more opportunities for those that live here rather than expecting people to look down South

Tammie Ash

I’m a big fan of chocolate, Marvel and Greggs.
I’m proud to be Northern.
And I’m always trying to stay creative.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
The National Science and Media Museum and then Theatre in the Mill - I want to prepare them for how hilly Bradford is.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
initiatives promoting literature of and inspired by the region - geographically and demographically.

Urussa Malik

I studied Literature at university and thoroughly thoroughly enjoy poetry and translation in particular. I’ve made my home in Yorkshire, Punjab and Lancashire – homes which are unique and interconnected.

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
I would show them the old buildings around the Wool Exchange in the city centre with all their rich history next to the contemporary city park (hopefully a sunny day so we could splash around!). Then dry off at the top of the majestic Cow and Calf while sharing some of my school trip memories. Warming back up with a great Bradford curry.

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More events, more gatherings and more sharing of stories.

Vince Virr

I’m a dancer and have performed in over 50 productions in 22 countries across 6 continents including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the Alhambra. I’m excited by Bradford and its future!

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If a stranger was visiting Bradford for the first time for the afternoon, where would you take them?
Northcliffe Park

What is one thing you would like to see more of in Bradford?
More positive spaces for the youth

Zakia Jabeen

Passionate, motivated, fun and creative individual. Willing to help others gaining new and exciting experiences. Natural leader and team player having abilities to listen to others and share views positively.

If you’d like to get in touch with the Creativity Council, email [email protected] and they’ll get back to you.

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