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Wake Up Bradford

You would assume that being the producer of a cultural publication would be inherently creative, an existence that involves general loveliness, artistic exploration and pleasant socialising with interesting people. But much of my creative flow has been channelled into the day-to-day running of a business, and generally trying to survive in a struggling local economy whilst maintaining humility so-as to communicate with the broad spectrum of people my role entails (from poets to politicians, artists to businessmen, inspired junkies to academics: they all have wants and expectations!) Artistic endeavours such as writing have been put on hold in place of meetings, or emails, or excel spreadsheets. After an eight month slog putting my heart and soul into this project I can at least find solace in that I have no option but to continue to work tirelessly in order to escape my desperate financial situation and ensure that the efforts made for the people of Bradford come to something (whatever that might be). This brings me to the issue that I wish to address:

A status check on HowDo?!

For years people have talked of Bradford’s desperate need for a platform through which individuals and organisations can come together and communicate. A medium that encourages creative collaboration, promotes local business, and most importantly celebrates Bradford’s unique identity. HowDo?! offers that, but only if people truly engage with it. The only way to make something happen is through collective action. It’s time to step up! Yes YOU! Make something of the wonderful backdrop we are blessed with and use the resource that we have created for YOU. Without a significant creative energy flowing around and into Bradford, HowDo?! is going to sink, along with the potential for the cultural renaissance we have gestured towards in previous issues.


Producer: Editor: Director of Operations: Operations: Design: Positive Bradford Design: spokenWORD: filmREVIEW: Events: Proof Reading: Contributors:

Mr Johnston Haigh Simpson Eric Dawson Jay Turner Mr Johnston Dante Marcuccio (Creative Spread) Jane Steele Mike McKenny Sam Musgrave Michael Metcalfe Simon Cooke Mr V John Bolleton Andy Abbott Irna Qureshi Joe Grint Amy Sanderson Dick Stone Rameez Khawaja Jonathan Wood Nicky Stanley Pete Huntley Chemaine Cooke Estelle Cooper Vicky Egan John Glennon Richard Orange Daniel Walker Rob Walsh Sam Musgrave Charlie Wright Patrick Dowson Steve Walsh Andrew Sopf Sue Copperthwaite George Quinn Danny Carroll Richard Dunbar Ron Dukelow Mike McKenny Kieran Robinson Benjamin Dalby [cartoon on pg.62]

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This publication will only remain free if everybody contributes. Be it financially; by advertising or using our services (we believe we offer a unique and effective method of promotion), OR CREATIVELY! We want to hear your news, your views, your stories, your perspective. If you feel we aren’t representing a particular voice or missing a story that needs to be told please help us to do so. We can’t possibly cover the ground necessary to truly represent “the people” of this fair town. Email Haigh with your suggestions and he will offer you some simple and easy guidance on how to go about it. This publication belongs to you to explore your interest in people and places. So get on with it and create something.

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Letters to the editor


Re your editorial I’d like to endorse your approach once again. I see the mag’s main value as supporting local arts and performances as it does so well. I also agree that all activity is political in some sense, indeed local artists struggle against mainstream cultural/political systems and ideologies that don’t support them. I can see how the tone of the features and articles might turn some people off but as I’ve said in my previous feedback, I feel that the mag has always so far been much more balanced and insightful than most ‘independent’ mags have tended to be. It would be good to see people of all backgrounds and creeds finding value in the mag, even those who subscribe to mainstream political positions or indeed resist allegiance to any kind of formalised political allegiance mainstream or otherwise. Might be a start to try to avoid the academic terminology and oldhat rhetoric that sometimes creeps in - try to keep to fundamental principles expressed in plain language as far as possible. Anyway, I really appreciate the mag, keep up the brilliant work! Would love to see all the towns and villages in the metropolitan area getting involved, although it’s a big place! Shipley/Saltaire has been very well represented and I’m sure other localities would appreciate it too.


Rob Walsh asked should HowDo!? include some social and political debate? I’d be grateful if someone could tell me how you can engage with the arts without reference to social and political discourses. Indeed, to write about the arts without reference to these other aspects and expressions of culture is itself political as it demotes the arts to entertainments and decoration - we use it like a drug as passive consumers to escape and obliterate reality rather than to understand and reveal it: whilst we are enjoying the circus we don’t notice we have only bread. Certainly with reference to political representatives, HowDo!? as a new member of the fourth estate should hold “local power” to account. What HowDo!? should not become is didactic and partisan: new thinking, questioning and open platforms are needed. The most important political thing that HowDo!? can do is to continue to champion local artistic endeavor. As Andy Abbott (Collective Action is Ecstatic) elucidated: the very act of being creative – individuals or collectives expressing what they think and feel about their existence (through music, film, performance, paint etc) is or can be a challenge as it moves the creator from being a passive consumer of cultural products to “participant”. The willing and engaged creative participant becomes another piece of “disruptive technology”: empowered, whole, fulfilled and a danger to business as usual. The last thing that the corporate promoters of X Factor or the Voice want is people switching the box off on a Saturday night and going to the local open mic night!

Bob Thorp


Great magazine HowDo - but hard to read where the print and the page are of similar colour.

Michael Stewart

Dave Gill Like all good Bradford folk we love a good moan. We want to know what’s ruffled your feathers this month, what’s going wrong in Bradford? What’s going wrong in HowDo!? Let us know where we can improve and what you would do to improve Bradford. We like to hear praise too, so please feel free to tell us what we’re doing well and let us know what you love about Bradford. No need to stop there, if you have any point you wish to raise, any debate you wish to open, we are more than happy to hear from you. To feature in ‘Letters to the Editor’ Email Haigh:

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A couple of months ago we were invited by How Do?! magazine to produce some art work for the June issue. Being as we are old-fashioned types who work with technology hundreds of years old, we liked the idea of producing something linking the past with the present day. As we delved into the history of Bradford, it struck us how little some things have changed. Unemployment is much higher for women and ethnic minorities than it is for white males; the rich and powerful are only too glad to take advantage of the poor and needy. Politicians often prefer to serve their own interests over those of the people who elected them. Looking back through Bradford’s illustrious past we saw history repeating itself over and over. But we noticed, too, that there is a lot of cause for optimism. People organising and working tirelessly for what they believe in. Groups working against corruption, communities coming together to develop culture and community at a local level. Finishing the project, we are proud to live and work in a city with such a proud tradition of ground-level involvement. We’ve done our best to bring some salient facts to your attention in the work. Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy the magazine.

The Print Project NB* The historical references made in the artworks on pages 9,10,26,41,49 and 58 were sourced from the following books; “Textile Voices, a Century of Mill Life” published by Bradford Heritage Recording Unit; “A History of Bradford” by Gary Firth; and “Yorkshire Textile Mills 1770-1930” published by HMSO Publications. Further references; Tim Leunig, Housing benefit cap: can you live on 62p a day?, Sunday 22 January 2012. James Ball, Dan Milmo and Ben Ferguson, Half of UK’s young black males are unemployed., Friday 9 March 2012. Shiv Malik, James Ball and Lizzy Davies, Jobseekers forced to clean private homes and offices for nothing., Friday 24 February 2012. Shiv Malik, Disabled people face unlimited unpaid work or cuts in benefit., Thursday 16 February 2012.

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a first hand account from a member of the occupy westfield protest group

On the 26th May 2012 we, a group of concerned Bradford citizens, decided to occupy the vacant Westfield site in the city centre. This action has been borne out of the increasing frustration felt by all Bradfordians due to the lack of progress by both Westfield and Bradford Council in developing the proposed shopping centre. For the best part of a decade an enormous hole has been created with no tangible sign of any positive movement. Alongside this eyesore, local businesses in the area have also been badly affected with many forced to close. We see this catastrophe as part of the ongoing decline of Bradford which also encompasses the destruction of our architectural heritage like the planned demolition of the Odeon cinema, and presided over by a council that appears to be badly out of touch with the needs of its citizens.

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1. We demand an audience, here, with the leader of Bradford Council and the head of regeneration. 2. We demand an audience, here, with all local MPs and councillors to stand with us and discuss how to prevent this city sinking further. 3. We demand a public enquiry be conducted into how and why Bradford has been left devastated by Bradford Council and Westfield. We, the occupiers, come from a wide and diverse range of ethnic, cultural and professional backgrounds. What we all have in common is a shared passion to see Bradford thrive and that we must act to put as much pressure on those responsible for the city’s decline so that our children and future generations can prosper. Bradford used to be known across the world as a successful city and now our name is synonymous with economic decline and perceived failure. We see Westfield as a black hole that is sucking the life, jobs and investment out of Bradford and we cannot allow this to continue any longer. To date the occupation has received widespread public support with thousands of signatures collected, almost daily media coverage and an effective social media presence. Members of the public and local businesses have selflessly donated food, drinks and other essential items necessary to continue this action. However, we constantly need this kind of support so please get in contact if you can aid us. We appeal to all local people regardless of race, gender and political affiliation to come forward and join us to help build a broader alliance of people who share our concerns. This issue affects everybody in Bradford and we believe this occupation can create a platform for debate and discussion in order to form a wider democratic consensus in relation to the city’s regeneration. Bradford has a rich history of effective and creative movements for positive change and the Council has not represented our needs effectively or transparently over the years. We demand the local authority acknowledge its mistakes to date and begin to operate in a clearer, more open manner. We urge you to write to or email your local elected MPs and councillors requesting that they come out and support this cause. Please join the “Occupy Westfield Bradford” Facebook group, follow @rosapaark on Twitter and spread our message. You can also watch our Youtube channel “OccupyWestfield”.

Mr V on behalf of Occupy Westfield

Photography by John Bollet

a first hand account from former portfoLio hoLder for regeneration

This lunchtime I was sat in the little temporary park that sits in part of what is now known as the “Westfield” development. The sun was shining, a few folk were taking advantage of the space to catch a tan and I was eating a ham and coleslaw sandwich. And thinking - would I have made the same decisions faced with the same situation again?


"sometimes i sits and thinks, and sometimes i just sits." satcHel Paige

There’s a great deal of noise about this development – at the weekend some masked “occupiers” camped out in the ‘hole’ (as an aside “V for Vendetta” has a great deal to answer for mask-wise) and plenty of local agitators make random, mostly unsubstantiated allegations of corruption, incompetence or ignorance. I’m going to start with the unpopular bit – throughout the development the council has acted in good faith and has delivered on the promises it made to developers, Yorkshire Forward, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and through them the European Commission. Occupiers, agitators and those riding the bandwagon of local annoyance may wish it to be otherwise but councils are in the business of running local services not developing shopping centres.

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Around ten years ago, I sat in a series of meetings with the chief executive and chairman of Yorkshire Forward where, along with council officers, we argued that Yorkshire Forward should support the Broadway development (as it was then known) despite Will Alsop – creator of Bradford’s city centre masterplan – preferring to make the area another park. In the end, we won the argument and the scheme remained. Bradford went on to secure millions in ERDF funding to move the roads and sort out the services. The demolition – following a long-winded compulsory purchase action – was entirely funded by the developer. And, if you think for a few seconds, this is why you can’t put on a penalty clause – all the scheme funding is from the developer so any ‘penalty’ would be pointless. You can’t penalise a developer for not developing. It’s a bit like me fining you for not putting up a house extension. There’s also no point in an end date – at least not a short- to medium-term end date. Think again for a moment. With an end date the developer does not control the asset – they’re expected to spend a lot of money without the minimum assurance of owning the property at the end of the process. In the case of Westfield, the developer has spent many millions already – this would not have happened without allowing them to develop at their own pace. We would still have a set of tatty 1960s shops and offices, we would have no prospect of European funding for off-site works and we probably wouldn’t have a developer. Maybe we were all wrong. Perhaps Will Alsop’s anti-development masterplan was the right thing to do – the current prospects for the retail industry suggest this might be the case. But back in 2004 the Bradford public’s repeated desire – expressed in surveys, letters, comments at meetings and countless informal encounters – was for “better shopping”. Imagine the response had we turned round and said; “sorry Bradford but you’re wrong, we’ll build a park not a shopping centre”! Not to mention the recipe for scandal as we tried (at great cost) to extract ourselves from a development agreement – for the record dating back to 1998 and originally between the Council and Caddick, the Leeds-based developer. In a way, it would be good to have an enquiry into all this – I’m pretty confident that the agitators would be disappointed in what comes out. For my part, as I sat on that bench in the temporary park, I came to the conclusion that faced with the same situation and the same information, I would make the same decisions. We’d still have pushed for demolition, we’d still have acted quickly so as to secure ERDF funding and we’d still have encouraged a swift planning process. In 2006 when I finished as Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, I left behind a development agreement with a strong developer, a cleared site, completed services and road diversions and a full planning permission. All that remained was for the developer to build the shopping centre...

Simon Cooke is Conservative Councillor for Cullingworth and was the regeneration portfolio holder up until 2006. For more of his views - on politics, food, beer and more visit:




No Hands is a free indie/alt-pop disco with live bands upstairs, occurring monthly at The Polish Parish Club, Bradford. The No Hands collective is not-for-profit and keep the event free from charge (or donation entry), always coinciding with payday on the last Friday of the month. This is done in the name of accessibility: to accommodate the fact that people in Bradford don’t have money coming out of their ears. Likewise, it is hoped that by ensuring an evening out that’s a bit different to the usual mainstream pap is no- or low-cost, we might broaden the audience for alternative culture (avoiding its cliquey ghetto-isation) and help expand its appreciation in the city. That’s the theory. However, the practice is less straightforward and laden with tricky questions and sticky issues; questions about the sustainability of doing something for free; questions about whether it’s even right and proper to offer culture for free. Likewise, they’re awkward scenarios. Not having enough cash to cover a band’s petrol; engineers being underpaid; confusion over what and why there is ‘donation entry’ for bands; people ‘sneaking in’ rather than wanting to have an open conversation about the optional door charge, and so on. It is this thorny issue of paying and getting paid I’d like to deal with here. There is, for certain, a beauty in doing things for free, as a generous gesture, for sheer pleasure rather than monetary gain. Also I believe it true that the figure of the amateur - the person who does things for love-not-money – has radical qualities. By extension I have a great respect and interest in hobbies and ‘spare-time’ activity; they are significant, socially transformative pursuits. But to take this as a directive or excuse to marginalise or constrain such activity by starving it of money altogether is a lethal short circuit in the thinking around DIY culture. Like it or not, as things are, some things cost money: materials, band equipment, petrol and so on. Without money to cover costs, cultural activity becomes the privilege of those with disposable income. Similarly, like it or not, without money things can’t grow. Sure, we can do things on the cheap and with minimal resources - especially in this increasingly immaterial world – and those things might be all the more inventive for it, but without the cash to allow us to spend time nurturing such projects they either die off or become the privilege of an elite with disposable time. In both cases culture is only made sustainable by paid work, on having to have another job, and one most likely more harmful (to both worker and the world) than being a ‘professional’ artist, musician, or what have you. There are also less immediate ways in which non-paid culture conserves the given order. Aside from as leisure (the complementary ‘other’ to waged work), there are two main ways in which capitalism legitimises non-paid cultural activity - two ways in which it defuses its radical qualities and explains it away. The first is the notion that people have to put in the legwork before they ‘make it’. People do things for free as a first-stage on the path towards ‘success’ – like being an intern, or waiting in the queue for an X-factor audition. The second manner in which capitalism turns activity done for Love Not Money to its own ends is even more insidious. It is best expressed in the Big Society approach voiced by a dissatisfied No Hands punter I encountered, namely that ‘artists/musicians shouldn’t be paid – they’re getting to do something they love’. Anything that is fun, or has a whiff of ‘personal fulfilment’ or a feel good factor - anything, then, that is not wholly untenable - should be unwaged. This might lead us to conclude that there is no point in doing stuff for free. After all unpaid/free culture is nothing more than capitalism’s cheap bit on the side, so we should stop making life difficult for ourselves; demand a wage and expect to pay for it! How do we find a way out of this dead end? The trick we have to pull, I believe, is to do something that is paid, but doesn’t feel like it; that involves money but is not dictated by it. I see a potential solution to this conundrum in the gift. Potlach was a concept beloved by the Situationist International that described a ceremony and economic system practiced by indigenous people of North America whereby the gift is reciprocated with a greater gift. This aggressive display of generosity amounted to a form of warring where one tribe asserted its power over the other by upping the ante in terms of what they could give away – a form of cyclical self-sacrifice. But gift giving doesn’t necessarily have to be destructive. When thought of constructively and creatively, the concept of the gift can be expanded to the level of an alternative economy: it underpins Timebanks, barter systems, LETS schemes, and so forth. What’s more, although we deplete material resources, each time a generous gesture or offer is made (and reciprocated in kind) we create something less tangible and more powerful: good will and good faith. The spirit of giving might not be enough to power a van full of musicians across the M62, or replace a faulty stylus on some decks, but it’s a start towards being less reliant on the consumption of material goods to make us feel happy and fulfilled. And, of course, in these days of spirit-crushing austerity we need to be happy and energised to muster the will to imagine and create an alternative to a failed system.


So, I believe, despite my momentary doubts, that we should continue to do things and offer things for free where possible, in the hope that and this will be reciprocated with an equal or greater act of generosity. The accumulation of such non-capitalist gestures may amount to the big pause, gap or break in capitalism that allows for something new, different, better and more sustainable to emerge. Let’s have it!



the art of the meLa by irna QuresHi

With around 80 melas taking place in Britain every year, the event has become something of a summer institution in places as far afield as Bradford, Birmingham and Belfast. Melas are, in fact, a relatively recent phenomenon in Britain although they’ve been held for thousands of years in the Indian subcontinent. The word ‘mela’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘gathering’ and is used to describe all manner of cultural and religious celebrations. In Britain the term encompasses the earliest bazaars, family days and festivals organised by the South Asian community – celebratory events, usually held outdoors, free of charge, and attracting the entire family. It was in the summer of 1989 that I attended my first mela in Bradford, then held in Manningham’s Lister Park – and believe me, it was a far cry from the downscaled event in Peel Park that we’re familiar with these days. Bradford Mela originally started life as part the Bradford Festival – a two week multi-arts, multicultural, city-wide celebration involving music, dance, visual arts, theatre, cabaret, film and poetry. The very first Bradford Mela was held on a football pitch in the Great Horton area of the city, and it proved to be such a success that it had to be relocated to Lister Park the following year to accommodate the crowds. Once in Lister Park, the mela took pride of place as the finale of the Bradford Festival closing weekend, complete with an elaborate firework display, on a specially erected stage on the lake. Bradford Mela went on to be feted as one of Europe’s largest multi-arts festivals attracting audiences of over 200,000. 25 years on, the mela may no longer be the most eminent event in Bradford’s cultural calendar, yet it is still recognised as one of the most pioneering and ambitious in Britain. Bradford was only the second city in Britain to stage a mela, just a few weeks after Nottingham held its first. What made these events unique is that they were held on neutral ground rather than in a specific community centre or place of worship. It was one of the first times that Bradford’s diverse communities could come together, to celebrate their own culture and to show it off to the mainstream. For someone like me, a British Pakistani female, barely in my twenties, still living at home with a strict curfew to observe, the mela was a breath of fresh air. It was acceptable territory because it was a family event and, best of all, it was free so you could come and go throughout the day. I’d make a point of coming earlier in the day with my mum to show her around the market stalls, and then I’d return with friends in the late afternoon to catch the entertainment on the main stages.

an indoor venue like a club. The long light summer evenings added a further sense of security, meaning I could stay out a bit longer, to catch the headlining acts that hit the stage at the very end. The bhangra bands performing on the main stages were the highlight of those early melas. The rise of Bradford Mela coincided with the golden age of British bhangra music, and these bands dominated melas for a number of years because they were regarded as the first British Asian pop stars. The earliest melas really helped them to broaden their audience since the bulk of their bookings were for universities and Sikh weddings. Needless to say, Bradford Mela offered one of the largest and most diverse audiences, which was a huge draw, even for the biggest and best bhangra bands in the country, as ‘Godfather of Bhangra’, Channi Singh from Alaap explains: “The greatest advantage of the melas was that the multicultural people could see you. By that I mean not only Asians but people who can’t even speak Hindi or Punjabi language who had no idea what bhangra is! The melas really helped to boost our publicity.” Because the mela was part of Bradford Festival, albeit the grand finale, it still benefitted from the design aesthetic which became the trademark of the Festival’s director, who used his theatre background to devise innovative ways of dressing Lister Park with sculptural pieces and decorative gateways to create a visual experience, as the director, Dusty Rhodes explains: “The visual impact is really important. We’re putting tigers on the gates. We’ve got Lulu the Indian Elephant. What do you expect when you’re bringing people into a party? If you’re talking about a park, you want a visual feast. It wants to look visually exciting. It needs to look like it never looks at other times of the year. We want to lift people’s spirits. We want them to feel that there’s a special moment going on.” You can see the photographic exhibition ‘Coming of Age’ and pick up a copy of the accompanying book, at Bradford’s Kala Sangam Arts Centre until mid-August. The vibrant photography, including images by Tim Smith, looks at the golden age of Bradford Mela and also explores its importance to Britain’s cultural landscape. Bradford Mela returns to Peel Park on Saturday 9th June from 12 noon to 8pm.

Irna Qureshi blogs about being British, Pakistani, Muslim and female in Bradford, against a backdrop of classic Indian films.

Our parents approved of the mela, you see, because it was something familiar to them so it didn’t pose a cultural threat. The event had a very strong community feel and it was clearly intended for the entire family: you’d see men, women and children tucking into piping hot plates of samosa chaat in the food area, or cooling down with kulfis near the fairground. And, because the mela was held outdoors, our parents somehow perceived it to be more of an appropriate environment than

Photograph by Tim Smith - Family Enjoying Kulfi at the Bradford Mela 2005


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Bradford has a rich, diverse and often overlooked musical heritage, a key part of which is the oldest surviving continuously running weekly folk club in the UK and, most likely, the world. The Topic Folk Club was founded in 1956 in Laycock’s Rooms in Albion Court by young communist Alex Eaton (who sadly died last year) and friends. It was the height of the Cold War, with Suez and the Hungarian Uprising dominating the headlines. From its very beginnings as a fairly informal opportunity for like-minded youths to get together, talk politics and sing - up to its current policy of booking both local and nationally renowned artists, the Topic was always and remains now a weekly club. One of the original reasons for creating a formal club that charged money was the desire to raise funds for refugees from the Hungarian Uprising of 22-24 October 1956 and the tradition of contributing to worthy causes on an occasional basis continues to this day. Since the club’s formation there have been peaks, slumps and shifts in the popularity, influence, styles and purpose of what is broadly called folk music. It encompasses traditional harvest songs with unknown authors, protest songs, international roots music, Mississippi blues, electrified folkrock, Irish ballads and rabble rousers, songs of the industrial tradition, skiffle, sea shanties, travellers’ songs, Celtic new age, innumerable European and worldwide strands and a capella harmonising groups, amongst many others – all of which have been performed at the Topic since its formation. Through changing times and customer expectations the Topic has survived and adapted when all the other clubs formed before it (and many since) have folded. Although it’s moved many times through its history, much of The Topic’s existence has been at just two venues - 22 years at the Star (1969-1991) and 10 years at the Melborn (1995 - 2005, when the Melborn announced it was closing as a pub). Over the years there have been more than 2,500 club nights and as well as the paid guest acts hundreds of other people have appeared on the Topic stage - support acts, visiting club exchanges, and local singers and musicians (some of whom have gone on to gain wider renown. I’ve been a member of the club since I moved to Bradford in 1982 and rarely can I remember a night that disappointed due primarily to the club’s insistence on the high quality of booked artists’. The very substantial, but not yet 100%, record of gigs going back to 1960 is full of names that were, or went on to become, major musical figures in the acoustic world - Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Bert Jansch, Robin Williamson and his Incredible String Band, Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy, The Ian Campbell Folk Group, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty, Christy Moore, Gordon Giltrap, Mike Harding, June Tabor, The Oyster Band, Show of Hands, Dick Gaughan, Kate Rusby, Davy Graham and Alexis Korner to name but a few. There is anecdotal evidence only that a very young Bob Dylan might have made a floor-spot appearance once, though it looks as though Paul Simon never did show up despite a legend to the contrary. The club, which meets at the Bradford Irish Club (another key part of our heritage) on Thursday nights, currently plays host to artists from across

the UK and occasionally the rest of the world, with one night each month being given over entirely to local singers and musicians to perform in an informal ‘singaround’ setting. The club is proud of its record in featuring young talent who seem to really appreciate playing at a club that has so much history behind it. A recent gig by the locally based ‘Sail Pattern’ (average age around 20!) really set the place alight and demonstrated that, far from being music for old bearded fogies, folk is inspiring a new generation of musicians. An evening at the club falls into five parts following a prompt start at 8.30pm. Floor singers / musicians, booked artist, interval, floor singers / musicians, booked artist – ending at 11pm. Although there is a friendly and sociable atmosphere at the beginning of the night and during the interval the audience maintains a respectful silence during performances as most artists are unamplified – though between songs friendly banter with the artist is certainly not unknown! Appropriately, given its political origins, in recent years the Topic has had close links with the Raise Your Banners Festival of Political Song which takes place in Bradford every two years (a number of members of the club have been involved in organising the Festival and the 2011 RYB was launched by a sell out gig by folk legend Martin Carthy at the club). Future plans include the establishment of occasional ‘The Topic presents....’ concerts which will feature nationally renowned performers in a concert setting at the Irish Club. Look out for the first of these this autumn. Everyone who loves good music is welcome. Although the Topic is a club in terms of our organisation and membership opportunities there is no requirement to join – though this does offer fantastic value with £5 annual membership giving a £1 discount on our already incredibly low £6 entry charge. In a world where the media seems increasingly interested in music as a form of freak show where people are systematically humiliated and manipulative egomaniacs become ever richer and more oleaginous it is reassuring to be part of something that, as well as having a unique heritage, is purely there for the good of the music and to foster companionship. To survive, however, it is essential that the club attracts new audiences to eventually replace those of us who were around when folk rock was invented. I’d urge those HowDo!? readers who haven’t been to the club to pay a visit one Thursday and help keep music live at the heart of this great city. I’d like to thank Trevor Charnock and Andy Day for their brief history of the club on the website (which I have plundered shamelessly!) and the club’s webmaster Nicholas Waller who does a sterling job of updating the website each week without fail! JOE GRINT

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Over the next couple of months the Topic will be presenting its usual mix of local and nationally - even internationally - known performers. Brian Peters (21st June) and Martyn Wyndham-Read (28th) are both internationally renowned artists, while Roger Sutcliffe, local blues legend (12th July) and Robb Johnson (26th July), well-known for his songs of political and social comment, are national figures, as are David Newey and Shona Kipling((19th July). Paula Ryan, local singer/songwriter with international connections, completes the line-up, with informal singers/musicians nights, when anyone can sing, play or just listen, taking place on the first Thursday of the month.


ART, THEATRE AND MUSIC from the University of Bradford THEATRE IN THE MILL A Muslamic Love Story Nick Ahad Thursday 7th, Friday 8th June, 7.30pm Call 01274 233200 or email Tickets: £5 Three lives collide in a story of race, racism, hate and love in a controversial new play that tells an untold story of contemporary Britain.

Two Four One One Grace Surman and Cathy Butterworth Saturday 9th June, 8pm Call 01274 233200 or email Tickets: £8 full/£6 concessions A performance about possibility and limited space and finding different ways of hiding and what happens when you’re somewhere other than the place that you should be.

Somebody’s Son Hidden Gems Productions Thursday 14th June, 7.30pm Call 01274 233200 or email Tickets: £8 full/£6 concessions What you see isn’t always what you get in this surprising coming-of-age drama. Hidden Gems Productions is a new Yorkshire based Theatre Company. Telling the untold, Black, British and bold.

GALLERY II Change Spaces Sorrel Muggridge Runs until 19 July 2012, free entry An exciting and experimental arts project using the dynamic processes involved in rope making as a metaphor for the experience of peace building and conflict transformation

on disobedience, and the fruit: musings aFter tHree Plays at tHeatre in tHe mill Dick stone

We are falling through an empty eternity. All absolutes are gone in an age of choice and uncertainty. A surfeit of paths and a poverty of direction o’rwhelm me. I look for the rock and there is no rock; just some crossroads. Damn you neo liberal PR psycho gurus for convincing me that freedom of choice is the Holy Grail... its horrific... don’t leave me to choose... On my own I’m an absolute git. My wings are too heavy. Oh fuck. I howl; like an unruly child abandoned. All personal freedoms wrought & won I see a wasteland scattered with crossroads beneath. Where has our sense of proportion gone? Misbegotten texted gossip becomes more vital than global disaster... Where’s our boundary? What box? Where’s the line? What of fiction or fantasy? Where between thought and act, actor and audience? Theatre, temple, venue, Stage, kitchen table, desk, armchair, altar, crowd, guests or congregation, play, pray, dance, preach, sermon or act. ATWAS. Whose picture of the world are we watching today? How relevant? What does it teach? Does it matter? Are we friends? We all stand under the same sun. What stage, or well, or room or field do we seek? Is it about the building? Is about the people? Will you put my poster up? The poverty of the age is a poverty of participation, union, solidarity, community and accord. The things that had nothing by necessity to do with god, the traditions worth holding that healed us, the games we taught each other, the songs and the festivals that learned us. Babylon is fallen and we sing on its steps in the sun worshiping a bottle of brown. Bradford: The city with the hole. Network that. Cross all crossroads at least twice and love thy neighbour. Find the group accord; use your whole self as an object in the frame of performance, a spectator, a player... be truthful no matter how small the stage or how many window’s drawn about. To thine own self be true. God/Head That kind bespectacled pot-bellied alchemist took us gently into a hypnotic accord, like a cheap TV preacher, softly spoken, preaching of a gentle nothing. Memories, dreams and reflections erupt in my body, comparisons and connections as I hold up my mirror to spy this gentle hypnotist. We cross the fourth wall freely to the stage and through its frame are infected with a dreamlike double; in arms and head and heart erupt a sunny pleasant healing sickness. Exchange, transformation, imagination and reminiscence: Theatre. So now I call for Dionysus to have his body torn upon the stage. Now I call for the visceral, the madness, the sensual and holy body, the freak, the shadow in the sun. This holy godless theatre needs its brother: the blind beggar, the other face to give it grit & grace.

artivism: creative resistance Art isn’t just there to look pretty, the secret beauty of Art is that it gives us the chance to take apart a grim reality and propose an alternative. Art creates a place where change is permitted to happen - encouraged and expected. For all the losses we live through in a system concerned with endless gain, Art and creative expression is an endless resource. It gives us ownership and understanding of our position, and our possibilities, on our own terms. Art is both a reflection and a recording. Create it, own it, share it and give it purpose beyond decoration or financial investment, and art is a truly awesome tool for activism and social change. Instinct gives us image making, play and song from birth. Somehow, somewhere, through school, and money systems, and class, we are persistently given the message of what art is, whom it belongs to, and if we are any good at it. Art and creative expression is systematically taken from us until we give up its freedoms. It is put in galleries, sold at auction, ticketed and fenced. Artivism does not need stages or gallery, it belongs on the street, in the community and with the people. The recent Ante Art May Day event created a place to display and create Art work, and let creative resistance grow - recovered and removed from the endless shopping, TV watching, debt worrying, working or job searching existence that life has been made to become. The significance of May Day - the international day of labour: a celebration; a demonstration and recognition of alternatives to capitalism - is also important. Ante Art reminds us how Art is also subject to and illustrates the systems of power, capitalism and class: “with all the talk about bankers and deficits, it’s worth remembering that Art forms part of the currency of modern Britain. Art is currency – its ridiculous value is created and used to lock away wealth and create status” As a result, only the Art seen as a good financial investment ends up becoming the Art valued by all. This Art fits in with the looks, values and views of the people who can afford to buy it. It is not Art about May Day, about hard lives, about struggling, about revolution, unless it is thoroughly sanitised by a suitably large price tag. Artists are made out to be somehow fundamentally different, and so their work becomes a commodity, decoration or an acceptable voyeurism. Through this subversion and twisting of such a basic freedom of expression, the people’s distress and poverty captured in Art becomes romanticised and whimsical. It becomes an outsider’s experience. As a result, creativity, something so inherently human, becomes an alienated and disowned part of our existence, purely because it is not financially viable. Ante Art also challenged the myth that Art is exclusive: “Art also acts as the currency of class culture. Its mystification makes working people feel foolish and uneducated while those further up the pecking order smugly set themselves apart by understanding and articulating its ‘mysteries’.”

These ‘mysteries’ are nothing more than an illusion of smoke and mirrors, but convincing enough and with enough power for everyone to distrust their own point of view. Art should not be allowed to be hijacked by the chin stroking elite, but is for all to own and understand in our way, and an opportunity for us to use our own wisdom. Creativity is so fundamental that it has more power to unite us than divide us.


amy sanDerson

Ante-Art offered “an ante-dote to Art-as-currency”. “By producing art ourselves, we make it our own common currency. Its value becomes nothing more (and nothing less) than the meaning, the effort and the pleasure that have formed it.” For one weekend, Kirkgate Community Centre was filled with work from Ante-Art artists and collectives from across the North, bringing together visions and manifestations of an alternative way to live and view life, and explore the realities we live, and the realities we are told. In one room, The Museum of Lies offered artefacts of fictional wonder such as “David Bellamy’s Beard Trimming Collection”, labelled with authority. Knit a Bear Face offered a ‘Knit a Benefit Cut’, detailing the knitted outgoings of a family on benefits. Meanwhile, next door The Footprint Workers co-operative, Caged Bird Club and posters from ‘Shape & Situate: Posters Of Inspirational European Women’ zine offered an illustrated people’s history of protest, a collection of graphic prints of female activists and celebrated 2012: Year of Co-operatives. There were also opportunities to create your own artwork and zines using knitting, print and beer mats, including a chance to try a ink press with The Print Project In Bradford, we already live together with a sense of shared reality. We know about the poverty and unemployment, the shuttered high streets, the £24 million puddle, the derelict Odeon and the Westfield hole. There’s no money in the bank and no one is coming to save us, not on our terms. Not even ‘gorgeous’ George. So it’s up to us. We create our own currency to create our own change. SpARTacus took action and overnight poems, paintings and an ideas board popped up on the ugly hoarding that attempted to hide the hole. Westfield became Wastefield. The smoke and mirrors illusion was busted, the hoardings were hiding nothing. From this artivist seed grew the Urban Gardens - just like the ideas board suggested! A green space for all, reclaimed from a fallen money temple. For the Save the Odeon campaign, slogans have been picked out from pavement grime by jet wash and images come out regularly from those who dare venture inside. During the grand opening of City Park in April, high up, behind performers and in front of thousands of people, a couple of eyes popped up on the white shame drapes of the Odeon to watch the show. Then an elephant.”... nothing to see here”. And so a seed is growing. Artivism cannot be bought or sold, but reclaiming our right to be creative is priceless. There was so much fantastic and thoughtful work displayed and created over the Ante Art weekend. Please check out the website for more:

bradford cuLturaL forum’s midsummer mingLe tuESDAY, 26th junE 7PM-10PM thE DELiuS ArtS & cuLturAL cEntrE, 29 GrEAt hOrtOn rOAD, BrADFOrD BD7 1AA Come along and get involved in growing Bradford’s diverse artistic and cultural scene. A night of presentations and live performances throughout the evening, as well as an opportunity to find out about the Forum, to join, network and get to know the organisations, groups and individuals currently involved. There will be a bar and snacks available.

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Personal Best Paul Floyd Blake Exhibition Opening 24 June 2012, 2.00pm to 4.00pm Join us for the exhibition opening and premiere of Personal Best by award winning photographer Paul Floyd Blake. Made over five years, Personal Best explores the stories of sixteen young athletes in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exhibition opening coincides with the Olympic Torch Relay as it passes through Centenary Square, Bradford. Exhibition continues until Sunday 9 September 2012 Personal Best is part of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.

Impressions Gallery, Free Entry Centenary Square Bradford BD1 1SD tel: 01274 737843 Robert Jeffries (Kayaking), 2007 © Paul Floyd Blake

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2012 Time: 7.30pm - 9.15pm Venue: The Great Hall, University of Bradford To book a place either: Email: Tel: 01274 23 4009 Visit: Places cost £12.50 (general) of £7.50 (concessions) and must be booked in advance.

making space // noeL boWLer

by rameez khaWaja

Making Space is a photographic series that has been created by Noel Bowler over the course of three years. These images exhibit records of adaptive uses of spaces by diverse Muslim communities across Ireland. Bowler’s exhibition allows us to see the discreet daily transformation of these ordinary open spaces that wait, in tension, for a transcendent experience to descend on them, as otherwise very simple and completely empty areas of prayer. These deadpan straight photographs show the nobility of these interiors and how frank and intimate they are, even though many of them share a dual functionality of a living space and a prayer room. Small details appear in repetition throughout the course of the exhibition - such as the persistent appearance of radiators, that remind us of the cold climate in Ireland. Or a tin box of Cadbury’s Roses, slyly hidden away from the main focal point, that hints at an area placed with social awareness as well as that of a place of prayer and contemplation. Bowler has managed to capture images that allow us to almost ‘objectively’ engage with the spaces: examining them as to what goes on within them on a daily and weekly basis. Whilst the main purpose of this exhibition is to explore Islamic faith in Ireland, and a response to what is slowly beginning to transform Ireland’s built interior environment, it also pertains to the Islamic culture right here in Bradford. Showing in Impressions Gallery, in the very heart of the city centre, Making Space allows us to interpret and view the spaces where Muslims pray up to five times a day. Bradford has a population exceeding 293,717(since 2001) and a relatively large percentage of this belongs to the Muslim Community. Despite this there is still a lack of communication between communities. Why? I now want to turn to the Channel Four show Make Bradford British. A lot of controversy was created when stereotypes present within certain communities clashed heads, with some far-fetched expectation that this would somehow create a sense of agreement between different cultures and in the process make Bradford British. However the end result was no more than what had been before the show had aired. Bradford really had been no less British to begin with. Saying that, a gap still stands today between the Pakistani and white communities. It may boil down to a gap of knowledge and understanding between the groups, as a consequence of those first stereotypes that were created for each race that have over time become embedded in the minds of past and present generations. Due to the masses mindlessly following these fathomless remarks and possibly not even trying to understand whether they are true or false, this has become part of each community’s identity. We are all guilty of this at one stage or another. The only real way to break these barriers is to communicate among one another. There is a sense of those barriers beginning to break within this exhibition. This is where stereotypes can travel no further; without the presence of people in these images, there is no way to place your assumptions onto any one person or group. Ultimately these images lack drama, and for some, unfortunately, the aesthetic appeal to for them to stay interested. However these images of otherwise all too familiar spaces allow us to be more contemplative and consider them duly in the context in our own lives, whether we are Muslim or not. Stepping outside of your bubble for ten minutes, to talk to someone outside your culture/religion/race, may be the difference between understanding what they stand for and just acting as a bystander, letting your assumptions grow and lead you astray.

Noel Bowler’s Making Space finishes on June 16th for more information visit Rameez Khawaja is a member of Impressions Gallery’s young people’s advisory board New Focus, an initiative to make Impressions Gallery even more accessible for young people, to raise awareness of Bradford as a cultural hub for photography, and to share the ideas and opinions of young people. To find our more follow us on Twitter @ImpNewFocus or like us on Facebook.


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bradford photo a day chaLLenge by JonatHan wooD

In April Hidden Bradford set a daily photo challenge for people who live, work, study or regularly visit Bradford. The simple premise was to take a photo every day by interpreting a set word and making sure the shot is taken in Bradford. It was a refreshing challenge, not just for professional photographers but amateurs and novices too, who were all encouraged to participate. It is this inclusiveness that was at the heart of the challenge, and what makes the results all the more interesting. Part of its charm was this coming together of disparate people from all over Bradford, each with their own interpretation and flavour. The results are being posted on social networking and photo sharing sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Flickr, using the hashtag #bradfordphotoaday and #hiddenBD. There are examples of street photography and urban exploration, plenty of Bradford’s wonderful architecture and the much-feted local heritage. Some of the images are untouched and others highly edited, literally something for everybody. I first heard about the challenge when I was contacted by @hiddenbradford and invited to take part and I am delighted to be able to showcase some of the results here in HowDo!? Magazine.



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saltaire arts trail

nicky stanley

PHotograPH by amy Fallon This year the sun shone for Saltaire’s Arts Trail, and the weekend of 5th and 6th May saw throngs of art fans weave in and out of the village houses that had been transformed into pop-up galleries. The Arts Trail allows its followers to sample a great range of art, in various media, in one small village, over one weekend. You could experience the mixed pleasures of viewing the art with the artist standing a few feet away. Sometimes this allowed for enlightening exchanges, at other times it was a matter of exercising restraint and tact. An added bonus of the event was that you got to snoop around the ground floors of the villagers’ houses and could compare fitted kitchens and interior decorating choices. Fourteen houses, along with other venues such as the United Reformed Church and Shipley College, opened their doors to the public. The inclusion of the Czajka Care Group Training Centre allowed for some larger works to be displayed. The Saltaire bookshop featured a Wunderkammer, or wonderroom, that included a striking emerald green caterpillar with a baby’s head, and other hybrid insects created by Emma Wilkinson. Clare Caulfield is a well-established artist based in Saltaire. Her images of cities, towns and villages combine drawing, painting and print-making. They possess liveliness and wit and her Parisian paintings evoke the spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans, who illustrated the Madeline books for children. In Whitlam Street two other Saltaire artists, Yvonne Carmichael and Andy Abbott, exhibited a series of photographs and sounds that linked images of Saltaire with the workers’ villages Crespi D’Adda in Northern Italy and Cromford in Derbyshire. While Cromford is known to have influenced the development of Saltaire, there is no evidence of any such relationship between Saltaire and Crespi D’Adda which was built later than the West Yorkshire village. However, the juxtaposition of images from the two sites highlighted the Italianate features of Saltaire’s architecture; suddenly, the arched windows of the mill workers’ houses looked positively Mediterranean! The most memorable gallery was found in the loft apartments in the former Salt’s Hospital. Here, Pippa Oldfield brought together two series’ of photographs: one featured images of women working in the mills, and the other was a collection of 1940s portraits of young women, who lived together in a hostel for girls working in the mills. These black and white shots captured both the vulnerability and the excitement of living away from home as a single working girl, and the amazing range of 1940s rolled and curled hairstyles. Also showing here were Kelly Gardner’s ghostly photograms of women’s and girls’ clothing. This exhibition achieved a coherent focus on women’s involvement as both workers with, and wearers of, textiles. It was a great weekend, with bouncy activities for the kids in front of Victoria Hall and a busy craft fair inside. The Wash House Garden between Amelia and Edward Street was in full bloom and looked fabulous. The printed Arts Trail programme was well designed and informative. In the past concerns had been expressed about the wisdom of the Arts Trail establishing itself as a free-standing event outside the Saltaire Festival; this year it came of age as an event in its own right and proved that there is a substantial local audience for visual art displayed in a community setting. The Saltaire Festival needs to rise to the challenge posed by the Arts Trail and ensure that similar and equally attractive art events are included in the festival programme in September.








VIBRANT ASIAN DANCE, MUSIC & ARTS EVENTS at Kala Sangam as part of Big Dance Yorkshire Saturday 9th June: Ekalya & Kathakbox Saturday 23rd June: Kala Utsav Summer Showcase Saturday 14th July: Shades of Love Ekalya and Kathakbox: Introductory talk + Double bill of Ekalya (classical) and Kathakbox (contemporary) with dancers from Sonia Sabri Company. Kathakbox is an exciting production, blending the precise grace and vigour of Kathak dance with Hip HopÕ s laid back groove, layering complex Indian rhythms with the verbal dexterity of beatbox and multi-lingual spoken word. Includes introductory talk. Starts 6.30pm (doors 6pm). Kala Utsav Summer Showcase: Kala Utsav = Ò Arts FestivalÓ in Sanskrit. Lively variety event, showcasing work by students, artists and teachers who have been involved with Kala Sangam over the past year. This event is always hugely popular both with friends of the organisation and those who enjoy a vibrant evening of diverse music, dance and visual arts programming. Starts 6pm (doors 6.30pm). Shades of Love: Introductory talk + Evening of powerful, vibrant group pieces and reflective and intimate solos by Odissi Ensemble, exploring the various moods of love, drawing both from ancient narratives and personal insight. Odissi Ensemble represents a new generation of Odissi dancers emerging in the UK, combining dedication to classical forms with a modern sensibility. Includes introductory talk. Starts 6.30pm (doors 6pm).

June/July Previews by Pete Huntley & cHemaine cooke

braDForD! unDercliFFe cemetery, braDForD July 7tH, 12-4Pm

On 7th July, there will be an open day at Undercliffe Cemetery. For which I am very fortunate to be directing a number of performances that will happen during the day. Undercliffe is a beautiful and haunting cemetery, a historical part of Bradford that is too often hidden from view. It’s very exciting to be devising work specifically to perform in this special place. It’s too early to give any spoilers away, but it’s safe to say that much of the work will revolve around aspects and history of Bradford. There will many other activities, including a film, cafe, live music and guided tours, all told it’s going to be a fantastic day out and I hope to see many of you there.

eDucating rita tHe menier cHocolate Factory anD tHeatre royal batH ProDuctions tHe alHambra 18-23 June £10.50 - £27.50 Matthew Kelly takes the lead role in one of the great plays of the past thirty years alongside Claire Sweeney. Although Kelly will always be remembered as a Light Entertainer, he trained as an actor and has an Olivier Award to his name, a deserved award for his talent. He’s garnered critical acclaim in many shows and Educating Rita’s Frank is a perfect role for him. Highly recommended.

tHe comeDy oF errors tHeatre oF tHe Dales Heaton Hill Park, braDForD 15tH July, 3Pm Free

Although Theatre of the Dales do other shows, of late they have concentrated heavily on Shakespeare, which is no bad thing. Comedy of Errors is touring to other venues, including the evocative Kirkstall Abbey, but this particular performance will be free, and free Shakespeare is never a bad thing.

tHe winter’s tale actor’s community tHeatre braDForD catHeDral grounDs 19tH-21st July

Open air Shakespeare is everywhere nowadays. The second such event this summer is The Winter’s Tale. There’s something slightly ironic about putting this particular play on at the height of midsummer. Another of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays but holds his most famous stage direction “exit, pursued by a bear”. Helmed by veteran director Audrey Coldron, this is sure to be a treat.

stones & stories castaway-goole music tHeatre minD tHe gaP stuDios, braDForD; 13tH June, 3.30Pm tHe HePwortH, wakeFielD; 17tH June, 1Pm / 2Pm / 3Pm / 4Pm Free Buy in Person Ticket Outlets: •Kala Sangam •Fabric - Hand Made in Bradford •Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

Book Online: Order by Phone: (01274) 303340 Tickets: (per event): £6.50 adults / £3 under 16s / £15 family

Castaway-Goole Music Theatre are in their final stages of rehearsal at Mind the Gap Studios, in preparation for a regional tour of Stones & Stories that kicksstarts in Bradford on 13th June. Castaway provide accessible multimedia theatre opportunities for people with learning and physical disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. They were awarded BBC Performing Arts funding for a project that has connected them with inspirational organisations and artists in Bradford. Collaborating with professional choreographer and dance artist Chemaine Cooke and musician Seth Bennett, the project has been an enriching opportunity for this passionate and dedicated group of performers to explore improvised music and movement. In Stones & Stories the cast share their own stories and experiences of individual loss. Choreographer Chemaine Cooke says “In moments of loss we often do not have the vocabulary to explain what we are experiencing. As a group we explored the relationship between music and movement, through which we shared our collective experiences. It is from this impulse we move and invite an audience to view these moments, the sharing of which helping us to make sense of the world.”

estelle cooPer talks witH cHamPak kumar oF oriental arts

cHamPak kumar must be one oF tHe most imPortant Figures in DeFining britisH asian iDentity, as one oF tHe FounDers oF tHe braDForD mela anD artistic Director oF oriental arts. He Has workeD For over 40 years Promoting soutH asian arts in braDForD anD across tHe worlD. baseD in tHe Design excHange, little germany, oriental arts Has been resPonsible For bringing to braDForD anD tHe rest oF tHe uk some worlD renowneD names in soutH asian music, sucH as ravi sHankar anD nusrat FateH ali kHan. i reaD tHat oriental arts starteD wHen you were at braDForD college, wHat brougHt you to braDForD?

My Mum brought me and my two sisters over from Kenya. It was December, 1967 and we’d been on a long flight before we landed at Heathrow Airport.

tHat must’ve been Quite a sHock, getting oFF oF tHe Plane straigHt into colD, Freezing weatHer?

When I got off of the plane it was a complete culture shock, it was just before Christmas. I had travelled in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts to be met by my uncles in long woollen overcoats and gloves.

cHamPak, His motHer anD sisters were Driven straigHt to tHeir new Home in braDForD. keen to get back into eDucation cHamPak enrolleD at braDForD college.

Before we left Kenya I was ready to sit my GCSE exams. But I’d missed enrolment for schools in Bradford and had to join the College instead, even though I spoke English I had to do an 18-month course ‘English for Overseas’ and then a pre-GCSE, I was at College for three years before I could sit my exams.

During tHis time He was making a lot oF FrienDs anD connections, anD JoineD tHe stuDent union. In Kenya I loved music and went to see a lot of music with my friend who was a music teacher. I played the dholak and tabla. In Bradford I wanted to form a band.

so DiD you?

Yeah we started organising free events for students, we were getting between 50-60 people watching us at each event. It wasn’t just the South Asian musicians, we were doing it with British and West Indian student, musicians, basically any one who was around and could play joined in.

in January 1976 cHamPak anD Five otHer stuDent FrienDs From tHe bD7 inDian community FormeD oriental arts to ProviDe mucH neeDeD live entertainment outsiDe oF tHe college For tHe asian community. at tHis time tHere were no otHer live entertainment oPtions accessible to tHis community otHer otHer tHan otH tHan bollywooD tH bollywoo ollywooD D cinemas.

Asian arts, it used amateur actors, musicians and dancers from the local Asian community. Tickets were 25p, we had to pay the venue £30. We couldn’t afford to promote the event so we told our family and friends to spread the word. 275 people came, mostly from the BD7 community. 1980 saw a turning point for Oriental Arts when they were assisted by Bradford Voluntary Services to draw up a constitution and begin looking for funding. The first funding they received was £5000 enabling them to advertise for a part time Coordinator. Not one person applied for the job, my friends told me to go for it. I was in the first year of a Pharmaceutical degree and decided to go for it and continue my studies.

it must Have been DiFFicult to keeP a balance between your Degree anD coorDinating events?

My parents said that they didn’t want me to go into the arts as a career. When I got to the second year of my degree I realised I couldn’t do both and chose to build a career in the arts instead.

DiD your mum ever cHange Her minD about your cHoice oF career? My mum seeing me organise events for the community changed her mind.

wHat can we exPect From tHis year’s braDForD mela on tHe 9tH June? On the performance stages there will be the Dholi Foundation Group, plus two international groups one of which is coming from Rajasthan.

Oriental Arts also offer consultation for other Melas across Europe, Champak was mid-interview and on the phone attempting to sort out logistics for getting a group of musicians from Birmingham plane tickets for the Belfast Mela. It’s for a collaboration of South Asian musicians playing with the Belfast Orchestra, I’d love to be able to bring it to Bradford.

wHat about tHe Future?

I’m hoping to make a Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest performance of dholak drummers at one time. I’m also excited about the new energy in Bradford such as HowDo?! and the Cultural Forum. I feel like together we can make something really big happen, maybe even bring the Bradford Festival back. Last year Oriental Arts celebrate their 35th year, this amazing milestone was acknowledged by the Heritage Lottery who awarded £30,000 for a ‘Cultural Connections’ project to archive the work and performances of nearly four decades to form part of a wider heritage archive of British Asian culture.

Oriental Arts’ first box office performance was held at the Bradford Library Theatre (now Pictureville). A variety performance of South



emergencesoutH asian arts in braDForD

Greetings. This month’s theme is “words”. Within John Glennon’s poem ‘My Next Film’, I was intrigued by the idea of sharing a flat with a metaphor and can think of worse things to share a flat with, though naturally it depends on the metaphor. Richard Orange uses the eponymous (title) word ‘Best’ not as a compliment, but as a bludgeon. Last but not least, Vicky Egan depicts the healing power of words and writing, among many other striking images, in her prose piece ‘Great White SOB’. Warm thanks to all. Here are some new words and phrases which sprang up during consideration of this theme:An anecdate - a date so noteworthy, for any reason, that it becomes an anecdote e.g. a newlywed couple’s first date, or a terrible first-and-last one. A spectactor - an actor who, during a play, alternates between sitting in the audience and being on stage. (Courtesy of Douglas Thompson, with kind permission). “Il faut sourir pour être belle” – trans. “it’s necessary to smile to be beautiful”. The traditional French phrase is “il faut souffrir pour être belle” which translates as “it’s necessary to suffer to be beautiful”. Amputate those fang-like f’s in the middle and you have a phrase which implies happiness rather than suffering. A freebird - a happily single and childless woman. An antidote to the poison of all those silly ‘spinster’ clichés. This would then naturally spawn the expression, “eligible freebird”, which bestows as much joy and freedom as the phrase “eligible bachelor”. Becoming year-rich - getting older! Two further things spring to mind with regard to words: firstly, the way they are used. Language distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom. A name at the bottom of a document can affect a whole land mass. Anyone who thinks that a curse is something other-worldly, please think again: the slow drip-drip of hurtful words can kill by exquisite degrees. Similarly, one kind sentence can be like a life raft, the memory lasting decades. Secondly: accents. Whether it’s the guttural swagger of Scouse, the silvery sinuousness of Mancunian or the nononsense staccato fire of West Yorkshire, they are ace. All of them. They are the noteless music of the nation. I struggle with the term “regional”: for me, there’s something proprietorial and presumptuous about it. A ‘region’ of where, exactly? There was a playwright who moved from the West Midlands to London a few years back, accent and all. Initially he was derided as an upstart but he finally managed to establish himself. His name was William Shakespeare and he turned out to be no slouch in the writing department. If you don’t know this already you may be pleased to hear that so-called proper English is not proper English at all, it’s a descendant of the courtly French which became the language of the elite after the Norman conquest in 1066. That is why “stink” has negative connotations and “fragrance” has positive ones, because the first word comes from Anglo-Saxon and the second from Latin, although basically they mean the same thing. So to give an example in modern terms, just because the airwaves are awash with people speaking accentless English, and at this point in history television is very powerful, it doesn’t mean that the people saying those words are any better than you. If you have any new words rattling around in your head and would like to share them feel free to send them to me, as well as your usual poetry and story submissions, etc.My email adress is; Lots of summery love to you all. Even if you don’t have an accent.

great White sob vicky egan

My mind churns flotsam instead of polishing pebbles against the banks of my creativity. I have nothing new to say, all this has already been said, if not by me; by somebody else. I drown in the ocean of my bed, dragged down, not by Neptune or Morpheus but by Nedolya. In the dark hours, I see her lurking in the corner, come to rob me of the last of my buoyancy. I could almost laugh at myself in this state, pathetic and weak, seeking the Bear that shows the way home. But I have closed mine eyes tight, I am frightened. Nedolya is my reflection. My fears made real. I flick on the lamp to drive her away. Come then, if I am too restless to sleep I will write and ride the evening waves through. The Great White Son of a Bitch is taunting me with its spotlessness, like the Fool ready to take a leap into the unknown. I am jealous. I want to share the adventure. I take a stab at the Great White Son of a Bitch but I miss. I have lost my focus. I have lost my nerve. It slips under the bed and as I lean over to catch its tail, I lose my balance and end up on my knees. This is not what I had intended. I heard singing and clapping. It sounded like African, but as my ears became accustomed to the sound, I could hear “sweet Lord Jesus” in an unfamiliar melody. As I thrash, trying to keep my head above the waters, the calm comes and I hear songs of praise, chanting, mantra. It soothes me until I think, what if this is the warmth before the hypothermia claims me. I panic: I saw her flee from one side to the other. She had a large bag. Nedolya does not believe that my burdens are great enough and strives to add a few more. How can this be when I have turned the light up against her? The Great White Son of a Bitch has surfaced. It spouts the detritus of a million failed words and litters the room with its crumpled and torn children. Perhaps they will form a collective and show me how it should be done. Should. Should. A word of weight replaces the buoyancy aids. I didn’t even notice that one, you sneaky little fucker! Incensed, I heave up my pen and take aim. Surrender you Great White Son of a Bitch and I swear that we will both be happier for it. See how thin your children have left you. Gobble up my fat words and fill your belly, swell like the tide! Then we will be free to float, faces to the night sky, in peaceful and silent companionship. We will drift calm into another day. Surrender for me, I am too scared to let go. Show me how easily it can be done and I will nourish you with bountiful words.

my next fiLm JoHn glennon

My next film… …will have a bearded left wing protagonist raging on behalf of the proletariat. He’ll share a flat with a metaphor for the 21st century malaise and when they talk they will talk in the forgotten syntax of washing powder ads from the 50′s and construct sentences from toilet graffiti remembered from youth. Their flat will be infested with insects and disgruntled middle management, grumbling about the lack of vertical opportunities and the implementation of a new computer system. Filing cabinets will contain stolen secrets of unknown cultures, manila folders will hold evidence of unsolved murder cases stretching back a hundred years where the suspects all look uncannily the same. The theory of a time travelling murderer is considered but never openly discussed. The fridge contains nothing but under developed ideas and stale rhetoric. This is a flat with no doors.


ricHarD orange Best was supposed to be the best thing To get the best job The best thing was to sit around In the best room With the best idiots And they say it was the best thing to do The best thing was for the job centre Hiding the best numbers from the government The best thing was to leave It was the best thing I ever did


he doesn’t do anything...he’s a poet Jane steele

Such was the reply I heard about recently, the question of course being “what does he do?” Stereotypes being what they are a lot of people may think that poets spend their time either draped over chaise longues dispensing pithy bon mots (French for “good words”) or living lives that make ‘Withnail and I’ look like a documentary about the Amish. That got me thinking. Shortly after I heard this we were knocking ideas around during our last ‘HowDo!?’ editorial meeting. My colleague Andy Abbott suggested a profile of different spoken word promoters in the area. I thought this was a great idea and spoke with three people, all from very different backgrounds - and all working very hard indeed to realise their respective visions.

kirsty taylor, braDForD Bradford born and based, Kirsty is putting on the first of her “Away with Words” nights on 13th June at the Treehouse Cafe. This is by no means where her work begins and ends. “I want to create another platform for Bradford poets and storytellers”, she says. “Through it, I want to get people interested in creating stories for Stories for Change”. This organisation sprung out of a group called YOMO, short for ‘Young Movers’, a small group of volunteers who began working with other Bradford youth in 2005. In the same year a few of the YOMO volunteers formed Stories for Change and went to Tanzania, then they visited Malawi in the years 2006-8. Kirsty explains how it all works: “There are five writing groups in England and Scotland. The young people produce books. They raise all the money in order to publish them: business, writing and illustration teams all work together. They create so much value and are very self-motivated. The books then get sent or taken to Malawi and workshops are done around the books. We want to give skills, not money or clothes. We work with the teachers and leaders already there doing team building, art, drama, persona development”. What’s it like out there? “Amazing. Totally different. There is a sense of community and level of poverty beyond anything you can imagine. Teachers there are mostly unqualified, you have to pay to go to school and there’s no vocational learning. The kids are really keen to learn.” Kirsty’s other motivations? “To create a platform for Bradford people and generate and share a passion for words, both here and abroad”.

Joe kriss, sHeFFielD Both Emma and Kirsty have day jobs as well as being writers and promoters. Joe is a key member of the team producing ‘Now Then’, Howdo’s sister magazine in Sheffield. Joe is a full-time poet, promoter and workshop facilitator. What was his creative journey, and how does he sustain himself financially? “I did my first open mic reading in 2005 at an open mic at Sheffield University, ‘Open Space’, which is still running”, he explains. “I enjoyed writing very much but the world of performance was still fairly foreign to me. Open mics are a natural place to show work. You get a feel for a poem from an audience that you don’t get on the page. Performing is part of my editing process now”. Having got the performance bug he then went to the next level. “The few opportunities I had, I pursued thoroughly” he says. “The English department at Sheffield University started an e-zine, Route 57, which is still going - I got involved with that. Then I helped to put on a night that was a mixture of poetry and music”. Clearly the University was invaluable in Joe’s journey. To those without such a network, he says: “Find a supportive community. As a promoter, collaborate – with bands, theatre companies, I’ve even collaborated with a magician and a brass band. As a poet, don’t be alone; open yourself up and find the networks. Swap and share work. Don’t be afraid to be the only poet on the bill. The power of spoken word is undeniable. People perceive poetry as elitist, but you can break down those barriers and expectations. How most poets make a living is through doing workshops in schools. Shadow other people and gain workshop experience. You have to have classroom skills to deal with such factors as discipline and English as a second language. The most effective way to earn is to diversify – editing, events, workshops. The more you do that the more you will succeed as both poet and promoter. It’s a struggle; I had to take various part-time jobs to support myself in the beginning, but a struggle you love is so much better than a cushy number you hate.”

If you would like to get involved with Stories for Change the email address is

emma Decent, toDmorDen Emma has been running Magic Words at Bramsche in Todmorden for the past few months now. I thought perhaps her motivation would be to inspire women, but she refutes that assumption. “I have done one or two women-only nights. They were good, they got people out to see stuff, but at Magic Words I want to reach out to all sorts of people: women in general, lesbian and gay people, the wider Todmorden community, the poetry and performance scene. A lot of people there don’t want to perform at all and the crowd is really supportive. Part of my life is in the lesbian community, part is in the wider world”, she added. “I wanted to make a creative space where everyone is comfortable and societal prejudices and assumptions can be challenged simply by being there. It’s a dynamic space; everyone is welcome”. I asked Emma what the practicalities are of organising a spoken word night. She tends to put on an open mic, two emerging poets for a slightly longer slot than the open mic-ers and a headliner for 20-25 minutes. “That way, people see a trajectory between sitting in the audience thinking, I wish I had the courage to get up on the open mic, then doing that and moving on to longer slots.

A Night in the Taps by Nick Toczek - A Retraction “To retract any possible vilification, for certainly none was intended, the incident referred to in the poem happened 15 years ago and was never meant to put the Brewery Tap in a bad light, and if it has done so we apologise unreservedly for any offence that might have been caused. In fact we are very happy to wholeheartedly recommend and support the pub and hope that any misunderstanding has now been cleared up.” Haigh Simpson, Editor HowDo!? Magazine


The Print Project is currently inhabited by two people who battle with 500 year old technology on a regular basis. Each of us brings different strengths to the work we produce. One of us is a writer and the other a designer. Together we are both printers. Letterpress printing is the most infuriating form of printing ever, but one we love very dearly.

anD wHat Do you Do at tHe Print ProJect?

The Print Project is a letterpress printing collective. Everything we produce is powered by hand and foot using ancient printing presses and type, some of which are over 100 years old. Most of the type/ink/blocks we use are salvaged from old or retiring printers and we are always on the lookout for more. Letterpress printing looks and feels different to other forms of printed matter. The combination of type, ink and paper produces something entirely unique. This uniqueness has been lost in the transition to ondemand full colour printing that we are so accustomed to these days. To want to make things using letterpress you have to be prepared to spend hours setting type and messing about with old machinery. It can be grim at times, but to us it’s the most direct form of printing.

Printed matter is also a means of spreading ideas. Some of the most effective work we’ve produced are the short-slogan postcards. They’re cheap and people always want them when we go to book fairs and the like. It’s a nice to think that somebody has a postcard saying “Make your own fun!” or “Mummy, can I go out and riot tonight?” on their desk at work, and that everybody who works in that office sees it every day. It’s a way of disseminating a way of thinking. ‘We are everywhere’.

wHat Has been your most Fun/bizarre/Favourite Piece oF work so Far? All of it, because it’s always bizarre and quite often a lot of fun (except for the times when when you’re stabbing your eyes out with 6pt type).

any interesting Printing Facts or tiPs you’ve PickeD uP along tHe way?

To make type print well, clean it thoroughly before and after use. First with fabric, using wash, then with a toothbrush or similar, and last of all shine it up with an ordinary eraser. Shining the type up will make it print better.

Our own work has been making things like postcards, posters, fanzines, invites, tickets, and fliers for projects that we support. A lot of the work has a political aspect to it. We support self-organisation and selfdetermination, and we like to work with and support other organisations with similar politics. It’s our aim to produce items that are thoughtful, thought-provoking, and lasting.

Getting your fingers chopped off by a Platen press is known as ‘To come a Cropper”, as this type of press was manufactured by Cropper H. Charlton. At one point this press was responsible for more injuries in the workplace than any other. They’re fantastic presses and should be used with great care and treated with a high degree of respect.

anD wHat Don’t you Do at tHe Print ProJect?

Mind your Ps and Qs - easily confused when setting by hand. Same goes for b and d.There is no Comic Sans and no Word Art in letterpress printing.

Sit down.

How DiD tHe Print ProJect start?

It started with a printing press donated to the 1in12 Club by our good friend Peter. We used to meet every week, faff about a bit, drop type on the floor and then drink beer to celebrate our pathetic achievements. In the beginning there were four. Then there was an exodus leaving just one who decided to see what would happen if they started using all of this old stuff to make ‘new things’. Cue a steep learning curve, many sleepless nights and wild and crazy missions to dark places to rescue all manner of things covered in mouse droppings that would be cleaned and ‘pressed’ back into use.

anD wHere is it now?

There’s two of us and together we’ve done a heap of things (exhibitions, workshops, zine/bookfairs, salvage missions etc). People seem to like it. We are often baffled and humbled by this.

anD wHere Do you tHink it coulD go?

One thing that’s important to us is to keep on getting better at what we do, to keep on working hard and to learn what skills we can from old compositors and printers. It’s never going to be a big money-spinner, and that’s not our aim anyway! In terms of how much work we do, we’re restricted to a certain degree. The process is a lengthy one and we both have day jobs. For that reason we can’t always do everything we want to. There are a lot of personhours going into making any item. We like to keep a bit of working time free to produce things for causes and organisations we support, too. That has an effect on what else we can take on.


Hello. so, (un)Fine citizens, tell us all about tHe Print ProJect. wHo are you Print ProJect PeoPle?

Letterpress is physical. It’s heavy. It’s big. It occupies a mass of space both on and off the page. It can be damaged, broken or missing something important. It’s quite often covered in years of accumulated dirt, grease and crap. It’s quite often very ugly and far from cute. Buy a good book on typography and read it. Then read it again. Setting a 2,000 word book in battered 8pt type, of which you have maximum 200 words in the typecase, is a stupid idea which will lead to swearing, crying, and temporary insanity. A cup of tea is always welcome but you really want good quality tea, like Punjana or Yorkshire Gold. Leave the bag in for at least three minutes and never, ever squeeze the bag as you take it out because it will leave a bitter taste. It is not compulsory to have a biscuit every time.

can PeoPle get involveD?

At the moment we’re not able to take any more members, mainly due to restrictions of working space and time.

wHere can we FinD you?

At the 1in12 Club, Bradford, the odd book/zine fair and online at www.

any Hot Printing gossiP?

We heard that Mark Zuckerberg is going to sell Facebook and buy an Adana.

It could go anywhere or nowhere. That’s up to us really. But having said that if anyone has a Heidelberg Platen they don’t need, please can they come and install it and teach us how to use it before our arms and legs fall off.

is Printing Political?

It can be. One of the best things about letterpress is that the machines are so reliable. Unlike computers, which are obsolete so quickly and often crash or die suddenly, printing equipment lasts for years. There aren’t any software updates or upgrades. Once you have a press you may never have to buy another. It is anti-ephemeral.


HawortH 1940’s weekend

your opportunity to go back in time... this time to 1960s haworth. 16th-17th june: Live music, dances, & street performance throughout the day & night on main street. don’t miss it!


THE FIRST FAIR-TRADE VILLAGE IN THE WORLD 10 years ago a small group of Haworth residents took up a challenge to make Hawoth the first Fairtrade Village in the world. There are already over 1100 in 23 Countries and Haworth is well known and respected for the many innovative and creative ways of raising awareness of the poverty that exists throughout the world and more importantly, how individuals can be instrumental in addressing unfair practice and exploitation. It’s been hard work and fun but our small team can always use more help and it would be great to celebrate our 10 years by adding more Fairtrade outlets for our next renewal, you are welcome to join us in the Fairtrade revolution. For more information or to start up a group for your area contact:

OATES & WILES An eclectic shop where you will find something different...

We have fantastic springies, hand puppets, fairies of all sizes, Padraig’s woollen slippers, stylish locally made metal clocks, sun catchers, chimes, unusual, ethically traded giftware and much much more…

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Independent Opticians in the heart of Bradford city centre

Specialising in premium eyewear Offering a professional & personal eyecare service Evening appointments available NHS and private patients welcome


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Friday 22 June 2012 11am till 6pm nd

POSITIVE BRADFORD DAY “We are PROUD of our city and know that Bradford has a lot of potential, is vibrant, and is growing. Set up by founders Jane Vincent and Saleem Kader, Positive Bradford is an enthusiastic group of business leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists and more! We are family members, friends, parents, from near and far as well as born and bred right here in Bradford and we LOVE OUR CITY! Bradford gets a lot of flack in the media but we know different. Positive Bradford Day is a day packed full of celebration and fun, promoting our city and all the best bits of it. Positive Bradford is not the first

district-wide campaign to attempt to tackle negative images of the city, but this effort is the first such initiative launched by local people coming together in our own free time. We invite you to help us celebrate the city we love and join us in our quest to build an even stronger, more sustainable community. We don’t attempt to speak on your behalf, but we hope that you will give us a chance to highlight some of what we love about living, working and visiting Bradford. We are realistic about the districts strengths as well as areas we need to grow, and we want you to help us make our city even easier to love.”

At 11Am we kick off the dAy with A PArAde comPrising of stAge Performers, the VillAge PeoPle, PriscillA Queen of the desert And lulu the elePhAnt!

Stage Acts and Arts

here is a collection of local artists from Bradford with a common purpose of keeping music alive in Bradford. Bradfactor – A collection of contestants showcasing our local talent // Egwundu Music for Life – A lively Zimbabwean band // Rehema Mussanzi - The D.R.Congo’s finest Rap performer // Zimbabwean Choir // Soulman RDC Souljah // Bradford Jitsu Club – Fantastic ju jitsu display performed by children and adults // Challenge College – Year 7 students performing rap they’ve produced in school // Punjabi Roots Academy – Dhol drummers showcasing a loud and proud Punjabi drumming for all to enjoy and kicking off our Parade. Also Bhangra dancers showcasing a highly energetic Punjabi dancing performance. Workshops are being provided throughout the day with crash courses in DJ technology, Bhangra/Bollywood dancing and Dhol drumming! // Sunrise Radio – Hosting part of the day, including Spice Entertainment Bollywood Dancers also joining in our parade! // Conor Ibrahiem with his catchy rap entitled ‘BD1’ is a moment not to be missed! // Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College – Working alongside Rashid and Damon from ‘Making Bradford British’ in a variety of drama and singing // Bella Gaffney – Local singer/songwriter // Dance for Life – Providing an energetic Zumba and street dance performance // National Media Museum – An interactive presentation about the Cottingly Fairies, with photography activities held throughout the day. // Bradford Academy – A drama performance full of handmade props and costumes, and participating in the parade! // Elizabeth Hopkinson – Short stories read from her ‘Bradford: City of Fantasy’ // A fashion show including, Bombay Stores, The Closet and George at Asda // Yorkshire Craft Centre // Peace Museum // Bradford College School of Arts and Media // Arakan Creative

Food Exciting cooking demonstrations provided throughout the day. Jamie’s Ministry of Food // Akbar’s – One of Bradford’s most famous restaurants // Bradford College


A representation of our schools in artwork and displays. Education Business Partnership – Parading with Lulu the Aagrah Elephant // Belle Vue Girls Schools // Dixons Allerton Academy – Stall and participating in the parade // Midland Road Nursery and Children’s Centre – providing Henna Art and Fruit Kebabs // Parkland Primary School // Margaret McMillan Primary School // St Edmunds NSCC // University of Bradford // University of Bradford School of Management // Bradford College // Lidget Green Primary School

Public Sector

local authorities and charities seeking to keep Bradford safe and providing opportunities. Adult Protection Unit // Bradford Teaching Hospitals Nutrition and Dietetic Department // Care UK // Connexions Bradford // Creative Support // Early Childhood Services Play team // Families Information Service // Sports development Unit // Bradford Family Learning Service // Tourism Bradford Visitor Information // West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue – Participating in the parade and providing a driving simulator for children // West Yorkshire Police – Cars and Horses present // Bounce for Bradford – Promoting their World Record Attempt being in July.


Local and national businesses with demonstrations and promotions. Accent Foundation // Approach PR // Aspire –i – activities from 14 training providers for employment and support // Bradvertise // GRID @ Carlisle Business Centre // Damart // Equity Partnership // Greens Health and Fitness // Hollins Hall // Sevacare // Squarefoot Apartments // Hallmark Cards // Provident Personal Finance // Candelisa People // Super Whippy Ice Cream // Midland Hotel // Unique Embrodied Gifts // Vanquis Bank // Bodyzone – beauty demonstrations // Latima // Halo Hair and Beauty // Vision – hair demonstrations // Aspire-I // Everything Chocolate // Pennine Resource Recovery Group // Space Connections Enterprises // Yorkshire Housing // Partners in Innovation // Bradford Trident // Riverford Organic Farms // Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors // Iwear Opticians // Incommunities – employment support and activities // Hollins Hall // Yorkshire Water


Charities and organisations who serve our city.

Accent Foundation // Age UK // Baildon Friend of the Earth // Bradford Cathedral // Bradford Community Environment Project // Bradford Court Chaplaincy Service // Bradford GRID // Bradnet // British Cycling – a static bike challenge // British Red Cross // Café West // Chellow // Cnet // E:Merge // Equity Partnership // Families and Communities United // HEM // HOPES HCC // Horton Housing // Islamic Relief // Light Church // Prism Youth Project // QED UK // RCCG Chapel of Grace // Refugee Week BAFR // Refugee Week Planning Group // Rotary Club Bradford // Soroptimist International // The Bridge Project // Volunteer Centre // Womenzone // Yorkshire Housing // Bradford YMCA // Enable2 CIC // Bradford LINK // Mercy Ministries

A fun-filled dAy Promoting the greAtness of our city!!!

From Concept to Creation; The Story of HowDo?! magazine. There has long been an unhealthy culture of selfdepreciation in Bradford. It is an attitude that saddens the proud Bradfordien who works to make the city a better place. The city may have fallen behind its neighbours in some respects, but Bradford retains a wealth of culture that cannot be bought, built or branded. Pull up the carpet and you reveal a vibrant display of cultural happenings, from nationally recognised organisations such as the National Media Museum and Kala Sangham to grass roots activity from groups such as The Art Farmers and No Hands. One of the problems long facing Bradford was that no single source of media existed which tied all this activity together. What Bradford needed was a “what’s on” guide, something to hold up to those who continue to spread the misconception that “there’s nowt going on”. This is where the idea for HowDo? Magazine came from, a cultural

magazine for the city of Bradford. Of course it was about more than silencing the doubters, it was seen as an opportunity to make a real difference to the cultural scene in the city. The magazine would be a platform for the creative types to promote their cause and for local writers, the opportunity to be published. Initial ideas included becoming a social enterprise, and applying for funding that way. Eventually it was decided that the best way forward was to simply fund the publication through advertisements. However the premise would remain. From the offset the magazine has had an agenda to promote Bradford. It was, and continues to be supportive of local business, to encourage cultural activity and to offer its people an outlet. The magazine launched in December 2011 after two hard months of planning, networking and hard selling. Manager and producer Martyn Johnston described how the team was put together in a recent article on Fabric Culture’s website, “Where do you start when forming your own media empire with the long term goal of taking over the world? Well you go t’pub and put it to your friends, which is what I did. Calling on the people I knew I gathered a team of creative chaps who would make up the principal members of the magazine’s editorial team. A hodgepodge of characters that I threw together: from oldschool friends to strangers that I was introduced to through other people. But it seems to have worked…only time will tell I guess.”

Riding high on a wave of enthusiasm the difficulty of the task soon became apparent. Funds were still short two days before the intended print deadline; with the cutoff point looming, work on the magazine’s design had yet to even get started and panic beginning to set in. Thankfully, a concentrated effort and a slice of luck secured the capital and what followed was a three day work marathon akin to a dissertation deadline. Lessons were learnt and mistakes were made, but it had been done. Suddenly, Bradford had a new cultural magazine. The sense of pride was palpable, but the temptation to sit back and admire our handiwork, well that had to be put on hold. In three weeks time issue two would be on its way to the printing plates. The cycle starts again, only this time with the pressure of expectation. It is a continual struggle and often de-moralising, particularly when the business cannot afford to pay its workforce, but the rewards are worth it. HowDo? Is still surviving into its seventh edition, it has managed to grow in size and volume each month and inherited scores of new contributors and volunteers along the way. At no time has the magazine stood still, every month presents a new challenge from distribution planning to administration. More time is spent in meetings than at the writing desk, but it is a rich learning curve and an encouragement to those wanting to just get up and make something happen. Haigh Simpson * Haigh Simpson is the editor of HowDo? Magazine

It was a gamble, people were queuing up to cast doubt, but never underestimate the power of youthful naivety.

Helping Others and Promoting Shipley

The story of HowDo!? cannot be told without paying special recognition to Creative Spread (CS), whose kind support and advice has helped the magazine get to where it is today. We arrived as curious visitors in search of an advert for issue one and immediately struck up an affinity. It soon became clear that the two organisations shared a similar vision, their positive outlook and belief in Bradford was akin to our own and we had lots to offer each other. CS has now been hosting HowDo!? for over six months, rent free and coffee included. Their advice has been crucial at times, as has their moral and professional support. Their unique approach to business is admirable and represents a fine example of a positive Bradford. Creative Spread is a web design agency offering small business support and copywriting services. It was born out of a realisation that the fundamental way business operates needs to change. Technical Director Banjo Bray says, “There is a profit-driven culture, and that culture is at the expense of people. It is very much our belief that it should be people and profit. Of course, small businesses cannot really function in negative equity so they need to make a profit but they also need to invest in people. Our idea is to reinvest that profit into new initiatives, helping people into work and supporting what we believe in.” This is where HowDo!? magazine comes in, Jonathan and Banjo saw the importance and unique potential of what we were trying to do and offered to host us. Jonathan Martell, CS’s operations Director said, “At that time there was no obvious gain for CS, apart from having some really nice guys around who could add to the buzz and excitement in the office.” This relationship has gradually

changed over time and Creative Spread are now central to the next step in HowDo!?’s development, the embracing of digital media. HowDo!? is not the only beneficiary of the CS philosophy, they are embarking on a campaign to revive the old part of Shipley and their arrival on Westgate has already had a positive impact on neighbouring businesses. Elsie Russel Florist, Redheads hairdressers, Salgars pet shop and HIVE (formerly the Kirkgate Studios) have all received help from CS and the area is experiencing something of a renaissance. Jonathan proudly points out that all but one of the streets shop units are now occupied, seven of them were empty when CS moved in last year. It is a testament to their belief in community-based business, that the way

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to prosper in the current climate is to work together and support your neighbours. One example is the HIVE Cookbook, a charitable cookbook to raise funds for ongoing community projects. CS helped reduce the costs, pulling in advertisers from the immediate area and supporting with the design. CS’s projects are plentiful, but already their triumphs are tangible. HowDo!? is excited and encouraged by their work and proud to share an association. Haigh Simpson * Haigh Simpson is the editor of HowDo? Magazine

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by Daniel walker (on loan From all accounteD 4) Welcome to Issue 7 and my first outing,designed to offer helpful, practical financial solutions without the associated dross. Dependent on the success of this short spiel I will be appearing here regularly. So here we go, beginnning with self-employment. Being your own boss - deciding your own start and finish time - great, isn’t it? You even get paid 30% more than those employed by companies. Or do you? Employee’s wages are taxed at source - that hefty sum diverted from your pay every month that goes to the tax man (or woman!) But as a self-employed person you just get the whole balance with no deductions - a nice bonus you would think. Wrong. This money really isn’t yours; when doomsday 5th April comes round each year the big bad tax man will be wanting his share, and he will blow your house down. Albert Einstein once said “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax,” the little guy from HMRC with the dodgy moustache and bowler hat used to tell us, “Tax doesn’t have to be taxing.” Now I’m more inclined to believe the wacky haired genius, but it really isn’t so bad. A little bit of discipline and forward planning can save self employed folk a whole lot of hassle. When payments are received for work, instead of buying the lads a few pints or buying that new handbag you’ve been eyeing up, transfer roughly 30% to another account. Of course you can reduce this for your expenses incurred to complete the work. Then, when you receive your tax return, fill in the total income and expenditure and snail mail it back to HMRC who will duly calculate the tax you owe. You now have until January to pay, so simply hand over a portion of the money you deducted from yourself each month until April. Isn’t this easier than leaving everything until the very last minute, and incurring fine after fine (which as of this year have started to become quite hefty and will be interest-bearing). For the more tech savvy, the online filing deadline is the 31st January. One thing Her Majesty’s finest at Revenue & Customs forgot to mention is that it can take up to 28 days to register for using the online service, so don’t get caught out. Just as scary as the tax man is your stereotypical accountant: the bespectacled old fellow who sits behind a desk shuffling papers and counting beans. Using an accountant does have benefits; they can save you money and reduce your tax bill. Just as you wouldn’t necessarily build a new house or cut your own hair, doing your own accounts might not always be ideal. Don’t be scared of accountants; most are down to earth and not there to rip you off (I did say most). But as with anything the more that is required the more it will cost. Instead of dumping a bag full of receipts on a desk, try putting them in date order or detailing them on a simple spreadsheet. This will keep down costs and you have the added peace of mind of some sound financial advice.



being your own boss

tHe state oF Play by rob walsH

HowDo flies off the shelves, and has rapidly become a collector’s item. We know that. People love the design, and some even read the words. We know that. Over fifty volunteers, all unpaid, have contributed – writing, reviewing, previewing, editing, proofreading, musing out loud, designing, letting us use their art. We know that. And now we need to change our way, and review how HowDo?! works as a business. Without support there could eventually be a collapse, like a black hole folding in on itself. We definitely know that. We are sorting it out, looking at how we can pull in more – more advertisers, more contributors, more printed copies. We have to translate the visible public support into a business that will sustain itself, that will last. That means staying determinedly true to our vision, while ensuring there’s something for those putting their lives into it, 24/7/365. That means supporting small businesses and helping them to grow, boosting small promoters, and most of all giving the Bradford district a hand up. We need you: to keep picking HowDo?! up, reading it, telling your friends about it, linking to it online, spreading the HowDo?! word via Facebook and Twitter, and pushing advertisers and contributors our way.

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mcnic’s otley tley roaD, sHiPley, bD18 2bJ I recently gave up eating wheat and I’ve really been going on about it. I crowbar the subject into every possible conversation. It seems logical then to extend my expression of woe to the printed word. Woe is me. I miss chapattis. I miss croissants. I miss marmite on toast. But I now no longer have to miss fish and chips! At McNic’s (Otley road, Shipley, across from Shimla Spice) they do a gluten free fish and it’s really good. After herring of this magical delight I could think of nothing else. I drooled for two days and went there at my earliest opportunity. It was a lovely experience in so many ways that I want all of Bradford to know about it. I was well on with my mission to tell all about the fish, how dedicated the staff were, and the general good vibe about the plaice when I was presented with the news that in a recent takeaway order my friend had been cheated out of his mushy peas! Had McNic’s had their chips? I was determined to get to the bottom of this problem and in the spirit of wanting to give an honest review I realised that I had no other option but to return to the scene of the crime under cover, to stake out the plaice and see if I could spot deceit amongst the staff team. Could they really be pocketing side orders? Could they be that shellfish? So here I am, watching a steady flow of regulars who know what they want, and how much it’s going to cost before the till adds it up. The order-based banter between the staff and the customers is charming; ‘I’m not having my peas today’ ... ‘no, he has one cuppa with his dinner and one when he’s finished’... The fry master seems genuinely happy to cater to people’s fish based idiosyncrasies; ‘lots of batter please’ ... ‘small fish, well done’ ... and of course, the small deep-fried miracle that is the ‘gluten-free and a handful of chips please’. The staff communicate with kindness to one another, ‘are these two fish for your order?’ and with pride to the customers, ‘do you want your teas now or when your fish is ready?’ McNic’s has the feel of a nostalgic seaside fish and chip experience, but with clean toilets and a cross section of population. Veggies and vegans are catered for too - they fry in vegetable oil and cook meat in a separate fryer, and if that’s not enough to charm you, the prices are the same whether you eat in or take away. And the staff haven’t got pockets full of mushy peas. When you are feeling like the human race is doomed, come and sit in McNic’s for half an hour. There’s a good chance you will leave with a nice full belly, having made friends with a couple of Shipley toddlers and feeling like it’s all going to be ok.


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smoootH bar, ilkley revieweD by cHarlie wrigHt

That’s smooth spelt with three O’s, smoooth, and isn’t it just. Smoooth on Wells Road is set back from the main shopping parades of Ilkley and is frequented mainly by locals. In through the main doors you are met by a glass cabinet of drool inducing cakes and friendly staff making decent coffee. The cafe area is made up of three rooms with a melting pot of low sofas, designer chairs and high stools. There are glossy magazines – Vogue, Yorkshire Life, Elle that sort of thing - to look your way through. The place is choc-a-bloc with what I can only sum up as life’s achievers. There are men having business lunches, academics talking shop, retired somebodies talking about things I don’t understand and old school bouffant haired ladies who are all outnumbered by new mums doting in unison. It all sets a civilised ambience for a brunch / lunch, coffee and chat in a posh part of town. The menu is nutritious with interesting versions of otherwise common foods such as sandwiches, panini’s, wraps and salads. I had the duck salad (£6.95) and I’m suspecting it’s a best seller, because the people next to me ordered it as ‘The Salad’. Other salads are available, and the Superfood Salad of avocado, greek feta, cucumber and lemon vinaigrette (£6.95) sounded just as tasty too. ‘The Salad’ came with generous amounts of shredded duck, lettuce and warm caramelised apple. For those watching their carbs the chilli dipping sauce and bread were served on the side. My eating companion started her meal with a ‘Get up and Go’ smoothie (£2.95), which she ate her way through with enthusiasm. The smoothie was a thick blend of berries, honey, banana yoghurt and topped with granola, she said it was great and I believe her. Other highlights from the menu include an oak smoked salmon, crayfish, cucumber and chilli jam wrap (£5.45), for vegans white bean pate, tomato and onion chutney with mixed bread (£5.45) and for the kids meatballs and bread (£4.25). The hot drinks menu includes all the regular suspects alongside the rarer but much appreciated Frappe and Chai Tea Latte. For a calorie-free treat the chef regularly appears front of house, which is novel, checking everything is fine and having a chat with customers like he’s not busy what a man. All the staff follow suit and are pleasant with a certain air of grace. Little treats, which change with the time, come with the bill. Today I had a sample of Bogdans Brownie. Frozen meals are available to take away for £4.95 per portion - these are homemade meals you might pass off as your own. Try salmon, cod and prawn pie, lasagne al forno or beef bourguignon.




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SEPTEMBER BEER FESTIVAL One of the beer events of the summer! Saltaire Brewery showcase their best brews and use their industry knowledge and connections to source a wide range of the most interesting beers & ciders from across the UK . Friday 14th September 4pm-10pm Ticket only - available in advance from 1st July from the brewery or at the June Beer Club. 150 extra available on the door - first come, first served.

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The Brewery, Dockfield Road, Shipley BD17 7AR Tel: 01274 594959 20 minute walk along the canal (towards Leeds) from Saltaire Village and 10 minute walk from Shipley Railway Station. Visit our website or follow us on facebook for details of events, monthly beer clubs and our exciting range of beers.

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The Leeds/Bradford Experiment By Patrick Dowson and Andy Abbott

It may have taken a few issues of HowDo!? to build the confidence to tackle this somewhat over-rehearsed issue, but now we will answer the question on everyone’s lips … which is better, Bradford or Leeds? For centuries these two neighbouring cities have been locked in ruthless rivalry, from textiles production through their postindustrial transition. Battling head-to-head in manufacturing, finance, culture, tourism, politics, fashion, football and all manner of stuff. Now, to settle the matter once and for all, HowDo!? will provide the definitive answer via a series of controlled, unbiased experiments and like-for-like comparisons that border on the scientific in their rigour. Over the next few issues we will meticulously cover each and every aspect of these competitive conurbations to decide which is worth keeping and which should be razed to the ground or forced to simply accept itself as a trendy borough of the other one, a bit like the Yorkshire equivalent of Dalston or Clapton or something.

This month: The Sweet Centre (Bradford)

The Suite Centre (Leeds)

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The Sweet Centre Restaurant has been providing authentic Asian cuisine for over 48 years in the heart of Yorkshire, and continues to be instrumental in providing good quality family-oriented Kashmiri cuisine. Since opening its doors in 1964, Sweet Centre Restaurant has become a distinguished household name, with a strong following.

This furniture shop in Leeds has been selling a range of mid-high quality sofas and chairs - be they fabric, leather, corner or recliner - for as long as anyone can remember, or at least since 2006. It is famed for its zany approach to visual merchandising and once-sampled-never-bettered staff banter.





Value Good portions served with plenty of free salad at a reasonable price - we had two starters, two main courses and two soft drinks (it is not licensed) for just under twenty pounds.



With convenient parking on Lumb Lane and just a short walk from Foster Square Station, not to mention bus routes on Manningham Lane a pakora-throw away, you have no excuse not to make a visit, no matter what your mobility. The Sweet Centre is renowned for its authentic Kashmiri cuisine with ingredients and herbs sourced by local producers and suppliers.


Sited in the heart of the exclusive sounding Regent St district, next to a major inner city ring road and across the road from a Shell garage, once you arrive you’ll have barely any desire to leave. No matter what your tastes are you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for in this one-stop furniture solution centre. From garish to refined, funky to boring: it’s all here under one roof. The Suite Centre offers a rage of not-to-be-missed sales and 0% finance on many of its larger items, with free delivery subject to terms and conditions.

Closing remarks:

It’s a close call but The Sweet Centre, Bradford has it. Where else can you get affordable, tasty Kashmiri fare served efficiently and with a smile at almost any time of day? The Suite Centre in Leeds was just full of sofas and we left starving hungry.


WINNER; Next Month; the Black Swan (Bradford) vs The Black Swan (Leeds)


black motH, tHe Family elan anD more @ tHe 1in12 club, saturDay 26 may revieweD by steve walsH Nottingham singer/songwriter Gerard Bell-Fife appears profoundly nervous. But his baritone carries only a slight quaver, and the intricate guitar picking and world-weary songs suggest there’s more experience and/or craft here than his fresh features would suggest. The Family Elan may have pulled off the unlikely amalgamation of middle eastern folk songs with the feedback-drenched attack and power of heavy rock. It’s the classic power trio set up, except that Chris Hladowski plays electric bouzouki instead of guitar. The songs are always recognisable as folk tunes, but the band often sound like Led Zeppelin in full flight. trioVD are turning heads all over the country at the moment, partly because people seem a bit puzzled by the ‘is it jazz, or is it metal?’ sound. It’s a redundant argument, as they demonstrate tonight, when the band make such intense and wildly exciting music it’s nitpicky and pointless to worry about what bloody genre it belongs to. Harriet Bevan looks so pleased to be the singer in Black Moth. And who can blame her? The band’s debut album The Killing Jar is rather excellent. Although their take on super heavy sludge metal isn’t particularly original, they play with huge commitment and conviction, which explains why most of the audience are smiling too. The pounding, ritualistic rhythms of London twin drummer and sampler trio Gum Takes Tooth provided a fitting climax, with some wild animation from the audience.

tHe Horn tHe Hunt at Delius arts centre, saturDay 26tH may review by anDrew soPF The Horn The Hunt stomped their way through a heart pounding set, lighting up a sun-soaked arts centre. Florence and The Machine-like vocals with an added squeeze of cheekiness echoed around the church, complimenting a clever well written bag of tunes played out by a three piece trio. Their bass and drum battered rhythms lacked a bit of oomph at times, but had their place. Another slight criticism I and a few of my fellow sunburnt gig-goers had was the lack of dynamics in the set, it would have been great to hear these guys from a different angle. Obviously talented musicians, I’m sure The Horn The Hunt will continue to develop and make me eat my words in the future. All together it was an honest and enjoyable set.

wilFul missing @ PolisH ParisH club, FriDay 25tH may reviewby sue coPPertHwaite I love bands with proper musicians; everyone brings something unique to the table. This is the epitome of Wilful Missing. As the set progressed, each song brought forth the strengths of each member and it was a treat to behold. Folky at its roots, contemporary in its execution, this was a set of the highest order. It’s a rare treat to hear clarinet played so beautifully within the context of a band, the harmonies were mesmerising, backed beautifully by the mandolin. Wilful Missing sound much larger than a five piece, mainly down to the sheer variety of instruments on show My favourite had to be the keyboard, providing that rhythmic and nostalgic Hammond organ sound that reminds me fondly of Bob Dylan. Overall, an inspiringly beautiful sound from a multi-faceted band. Thanks to Wilful Missing for bringing their beguiling tunes to No Hands. I would urge anyone who does not know them to check them out. I will certainly be seeing them again.

young liars @ Delius arts centre, saturDay 26 may review by anDrew soPF

Young Liars took about half of a split second of their set to grab my ears attention. Just as the fireball in the sky was preparing for a well earned dusk on this side of sphere, the glow of Young Liars sound started rising and created a stir of movement from the beer yard as people grabbed a look at the boys responsible for the beautiful racket coming from the inside. As the crowds grew I curiously made my way to the inner balcony to see how they sounded from up above. WOW, the acoustics in the Art Centre are really something to behold and Young Liars were proving a worthy complement. Pulling off a host of blossoming arpeggio’s and big ballsy, melodic and spacious riffs, they brought a new meaning to the term ‘Classic Rock’. This was Mozart Vs Music. Epic. Loved the set and will be keeping a keen eye on watching these boys develop as a band.

that sunny Weekend toWards the end of may ay


Bradford couldn’t have picked a better day to have a party. The city was alive and buzzing with people from all walks of life playing and celebrating together. ThreadFest’s first outing can be hailed a success. With a varied programme crammed into a weekend of gigs - new venues such as Delius Arts Centre were born, there was a great turnout of people and journeying between venues to catch [nearly] all the music, and multiple musical genres tied together under one banner that celebrated Bradford’s grass roots music scene. A special acknowledgement must be made to the esteemed Andy Abbott; Fellow of Music at the University and the chap whose brainchild this event was. His progressive thinking and proactive DIO (do it ourselves) attitude has gifted Bradford a free music festival it has been crying out for for years. The last time I went to Tramlines in Sheffield (a city centre wide free music festival) the map included over 50 venues. Let’s see if we can get anywhere near that number and do it bigger and better next year!! Peace. Mr Johnston

gum takes tootH @ 1 in 12 club, saturDay 26tH may review by george Quinn

From London, this duo drumming, sample bending, world destroying crazy band really came and tore the place a new one. I first heard their track Tannkjott back on the New Heavy Sounds Volume 2 compilation and I had known right away that I must see them as soon as possible and Threadfest provided the great opportunity to do just that. A musical assault of power is what I got, an epileptic fit of intense noise is also what I got and I honestly now believe I am better off for it. What really made their set, apart from the quality musicianship, was the great dynamics that the band toyed with throughout. At times tribal, at other times downright heavy, the dynamics, mixed with the heavy tainted synths and filters, enabled moments of calm which made the peaks all the more ecstatic. The only thing is, and I’m being honest here, I think Gum Takes Tooth are lying to themselves and everyone else really – They don’t just take one tooth, they smash the whole mouthful out. They should be called ‘I will Smash Your Face in With Music’.

trio vD @ 1 in 12 club, saturDay 26tH may review by george Quinn

After a bit of a mad rush down from Delius arts centre I only caught the last few songs of Trio VD but what I did see really blew me away. The band, whose 2009 debut album ‘Fill It Up’ took the MOJO Jazz Album of the Year award, combine a vast and tasty mix off progressive jazz, metal and a crazy mixed up pile of a little bit of everything else, leaving the listener in a state of definite shock. All of the band were great, accomplished musicians and tight as they come. The sheer technicality behind the music, the drum timings especially, were a cause of spinning head syndrome, always a good thing when encountering blenderised experimental music. In short, and I hope you understand what I mean here, they play the sort of music that has the power to hypnotise you and allows your mind to wonder off. Then when suddenly something changes, perhaps the tempo or timing, it sucks you back into reality from its musical algebra trance. I really like it when that happens.

nucleus roots @ tHe mill, saturDay 26tH may review by mr JoHnston

After a spendid day out exploring the sunny streets of Bradford I eventually landed at my destination: The Mill on Preston Street. I’m sure many of those reading this will be familiar, but if not let me tell you: this place is a music hub by definitition. So if you like music check it out. As the BigToesHIFI stack warmed us up with gentle tummy rumbling dub the stage was set for Nucleus Roots, a big name for those who are unfamiliar with this genre. I have been blessed to see some top live outfits in my time from Mungo’s HIFI to Neil Young, Horace Andy to Baaba Maal, but with confidence I can say these guys were THE BEST live reggae band I’ve come across. Their performance was positive and they instantly got the audience stepping up with their refreshing verses and uplifting tempo. And what a fine audience. Bradford has some of the most charactful and friendly people you can come across, and the makeup of this party was superb... respect!! Finishing off the night with Bradford’s own Inspirational Sound, I was left with all the inspiration I needed to fuel the creation of HowDo?! Issue 7. Special mention to The Mill’s setup must be made: the sound was heavy yet clear and crisp, and the band clearly felt at ease with the layout of the stage and venue.

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bops is back!!!

After a short hiatus, BOPS is back. Over the years the popular club night has brought some of Europe’s finest dj’s to Bradford, including Alex Under, Damien Schwartz, Mark Broom, Gaetano Parisio, Ben Simms and Ed Rush. BOPS has always tried to encourage local talent and true to form there are a host of upcoming dj’s lined up for their latest event which takes place at The Mill, Preston Street on the 20th July. There will be two floors of music spanning house, techno, drum n bass, dubstep, future garage and more. For the memories, all dj sets will be recorded live and made available to the public online. Early birds get in for a fiver, after 11 it’s £10. For more info add ‘Bops Bradford’ on Facebook.

redWire @ utopia, bradford, may 25th 2012 by richard dunbar

Friday 25th May was a special night for Redwire, a band whose edgy, simplistic yet infectious indie rock sound had left those attending new Bradford live venue, Utopia, with the feeling that they had just witnessed something special, something that sets this talented group of musicians apart and something that anyone who witnesses a Redwire set will never forget. This homecoming gig was part of their 14 date UK tour that will see the band visit London, Glasgow, Liverpool and four festivals to name but a few. Front man Tom Nowakowski is the perfect showman; completely off the wall but first and foremost a great musician with a distinct and incomparable voice. The night started with the energetic anthem ‘Fade Away’ and as the band moved seamlessly through a very credible repertoire of songs it was quite clear that Redwire are a very tight and skilled set of musicians whose endearing rawness will undoubtedly see them continue to produce tracks which are far more original than a lot of the tired old sameness that is currently saturating the market. The moment of the night came when they performed debut single ‘Live Today Die Tomorrow’. If this song is a mark of what is to come from Redwire then I can’t wait for the album. Download their single now and I promise you will never regret it!

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Last issue We ran a competition to Win festivaL tickets to beat-herder, grassington, beacons & magic Loungeabout here are some of the entries We received...congratuLations to the Winners.

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thursday 28th june: neW modeL army Legendary global underground cult band formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk’, ‘folkrock’, ‘politico-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but, like Groucho Marx, they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members. They will be performing as ‘RAW MELODY MEN’ as their warm-up gig before jetting off to Germany for their festival tour. Tickets: £15adv

sun 24th june: dick gaughan by ron dukeLoW Dick Gaughan, who plays The Live Room @ Caroline Club, Saltaire on Sunday 24th June, has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for over four decades as guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arranger and producer. Possessing one of the truly great folk voices allied to a dazzling guitar technique, Gaughan is well known for his forthright and oft-expressed political views and has never been attracted by the current vogue of consensual, pragmatic and equivocating politics. He gives voice to an uncompromising solidarity with the flotsam and jetsam of tunnel-vision global capitalism: the victims; the helpless; the wronged; the fighters; and the brawny working-class bravehearts who made capitalism work as best they could. Gaughan still burns with anger at injustice, with cauterising scorn for those who abuse privilege. In these times of recession, job losses and austerity, never has that fire been more needed. Dick Gaughan was raised in Leith on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, part of a musical family. His mother was a singer in both Gaelic and English, his paternal grandfather an Irish speaker and fiddle player, from Doohoma in Iorrais, Co Mayo, and his grandmother, born in Glasgow of Irish parents from Killala, played button accordion and was also a singer. Gaughan was brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, which provided the foundation for everything he does. Alongside his 40 year recording and touring career, Dick has composed music for films for the BBC, Scottish Arts Council and independent producers, as well as a full symphony and a 12-part suite for orchestra. He is also an actor and theatre music director, having been in both roles with the celebrated 7:84 (Scotland) Theatre Company in the early 80s. His songs have been recorded by, among many others, Billy Bragg, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Roy Bailey and Capercaillie.

saturday 28th juLy: Loud as punk

Four super loud band’s come together for a night of LOUDNESS and vocal mayhem: Bradford’s own St.Tantrums, MardiGras Bombers playing their unique brand of post punk experimental madness fresh from their album release on STP Records, IN EVIL HOUR are a three piece renowned for their ‘in yer face’ punk loudness fronted by the the extraordinary Miss Alice, & Senton Bombs bring their punk inspired rock n’roll riff’s all the way from Blackpool. FREE

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saturday 30th june: steve tiLston

Fresh from winning the BBC Folk Song of the Year award and appearing on Jools Holland, folk veteran Steve Tilston appears at the Exchange Arts Centre, support comes from Grace Notes who are on tour celebrating their 20th anniversary. Tickets: £8adv

sunday 1st juLy: make a scene "keighLey" Five pop punks descend on Keighley as part of the national “Make A Scene” tour. We Are Ficton, Our TIme Down Here, Hey! Alaska, Talking to Strangers and AlmostNew! show why they are making waves all over the UK with their upbeat tunes and fantastic stage presence. Tickets: £7adv

Gaughan has been the subject of three full television documentaries as well as many radio documentaries in several countries. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony. Dick is the only performer to have been so honoured by his musical peers both north and south of the Border. No better example of the esteem in which he is held was Neil Finn of Crowded House, who flew all the way from New Zealand at his own expense to present the award – remarkable! Tickets are available from


screWing stuff together, Licking stuff and the goLden teenage dream by sam musgrave

I thought it might encourage all the Bradford tribes of ‘love not money’ to hear the story of a bunch of six working lads from Keighley, who for the last six years have been putting on the best festival I’ve ever been to…Beat Herder. I spoke with co-organiser Nick Chambers to see if we can apply parts of their formula to whatever it is we are doing for love right now.

What inspired you to start beat herder?

Well it was going to other festivals mostly: coming away understanding what our favourite bits were, and why, and having the desire to take that on and develop it ourselves. The golden teenage dream. You know how you feel you’d want to experience things? But you’ve also got to know that you’ve got the time, dedication and skills to know that you can follow it through, really. And it is hard. The fundamental root of it is being amongst people who are having a good time. Happiness and enjoyment! When you are amongst that you want to replicate it and give it to others. Glastonbury was ace but it’s too far to go for a Saturday night out.

this WiLL be your seventh beat herder. hoW are you sustaining it? It’s a combination of different things. We started small with word-of-mouth and it stayed that way for a long time. The first one was just friends, the time after they brought their friends, and the time after that it’s their friends again. The foundation of our sustainability is the people who come, and the people who come are brilliant. We haven’t mass marketed so it still feels like the Beat-Herder family and slightly underground and special. The other side is people knowing what to expect. We’ve sold a third of the tickets before we’ve released an act. People are coming for the experience not the music. And again it’s the environment we build together: the handmade feel, the amazing beat herder and district working men’s club, traditional and unique tents instead of clearspan marquees. A whole street in the woods with a hairdressers and a tattooist. We put a stone circle in, we make our own bunting, and we make our own lampshades.

the festivaL is onLy four Weeks aWay, What sort jobs are you doing at this stage? do you think part of beat-herder’s success of Too many all many once! Sending out final tickets, trying to keep posting is that you don’t bombard your punters With stuff on facebook, building stuff, painting stuff, screwing stuff together, licking stuff, signing stuff, posting stuff. advertising? There’s no reason why people should accept seeing corporate branding everywhere. We’ve tried to escape that. It’s like coming up to a stall, and it’s not someone putting a 99p frozen pizza in the oven and selling it to you for £8, it’s someone who cares about their ingredients. We want to hand pick ‘em, look at what their tent looks like, what kind of menu they are making. We could sell off the market pitches too and they’d get in whoever would make the most money. But the people don’t want that because they’d be seeing that branding. That’s as precious to us as having the big names.

Who are the team that make it aLL happen?

There’s six of us - that don’t like our names mentioning. But we are all close friends, all from Keighley, all went through the same school. We are all very close; to the point where in the last few months before the festival we are living and working on top of each other, 18+ hour days. You start to miss your nearest and dearest.

18 hour days? i’m guessing you are onLy Working on beat herder then, not doing other Work? We finish in late July. Get back to having a social life, get back to work we’re all self-employed with a different trade - then it’s ‘earn earn earn earn’, but it’s one of those questions in life, and perhaps existence itself: do you strive to get your dream or do you make do with something else? It’s an economic sacrifice but when you see the event in full swing and everyone loving it, you think that’s quality. There would be lots of ways to cut back and save money but it wouldn’t be the same; the drive is to put on the best event possible.

nick’s pick!!!

What roLes do you have during the festivaL? you and the main creW?

Everything. We might be spreading woodchip on Friday night, sound monitoring, repositioning flower boxes on Saturday morning because we found a trailer of ‘em that we forgot to put out, meeting with the council health & safety every morning, looking for lost phones, site maintenance, ringing taxis, jump starting cars on Monday morning, litter picking. We do it all.

so, When you Lot are not beat-herdering, What other things are you getting up to?

When we are not trying to have a social life or trying to earn some money we are helping with The Aire Do in Keighley. It’s on the 28th and 29th June in the lovely Cliffe Castle Park. We’ve previously helped out doing a bit of sound and booking an act, but now they’ve given us a portion of Saturday night to book for. It’s not a massive budget, but because of what we are doing with Beat-Herder we can help out with this, and we’ve got Jake Bugg and Rudimental, and that’s on top of all the best local acts as well. We are hoping for some sunshine and it’s a free event. It’s got all the trappings of a festival. It can be a family day out, or a girls day out, for anyone, any age - but the crux of what I want to say about it is that Jake Bugg and Rudimental are the strongest emerging talents for what they do at the moment, and they are coming to Keighley. And you can see ‘em for nothing!

the aire do: 28th and 29th juLy 2012

Keighley’s free music weekend with Jake Bugg, Rudimental, Skeletal Family, Foxes Faux, Halycon Days, Keep The Drummer Happy + much more all in the beautiful surroundings of Cliffe Castle Park and Gardens Keighley, BD20 6LH


NB. Keep an eye out for the extended version of this interview which will be available on our website in the coming weeks/months.

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fantastic fiLms Weekend – june 15th – 17th Let’s buiLd a bradford audience As you may or may not know, Bradford is one of only two international cities of film, with Sydney having recently joined us. The title was announced by UNESCO in 2009 to great fanfare at official launches and whatnot. Yet I greeted this, not with scepticism, but certainly with an air of caution. There is no doubt that Bradford has a fine tradition and heritage of film, boasting world class titles like Room at the Top and Billy Liar. It also continues to be a source of innovative, world-class work such as last year’s fascinating documentary The Arbor, set and filmed on Buttershaw estate. The Arbor broke down the rulebook on how to shoot and put together a documentary and went on to international acclaim, being appointed by the influential American podcast/radio show Filmspotting as their ‘Golden Brick’. This award is given to the very best film that they believe has not won the exposure it deserves, and joins such films as Duncan Jones’ Moon and Rian Johnson’s Brick. Where the caution comes from then, as a Bradford-born, bred and currently based cinephile, is that Bradford does not appear to have a thriving film-going audience fitting of a ‘City of Film’; one ready to expand their horizons and champion independent cinema. The world class film festival, despite boasting one of the most comprehensive programmes of a festival of its size, is not rewarded with the attendances it deserves. Similarly, the smaller, more interesting films that play at the National Media Museum are grossly under-attended. DIY efforts like ‘Ania’s Film Salon’ at Bradford University fare no better, where free screenings are even complemented with free drinks, an event that HowDo!? has shone a light on several times. In April, West Yorkshire based film society Minicine held two events in Bradford as a way of testing the waters, with a view to ramp up pop-up screenings in interesting locations throughout the city. Their cult horror night was a complete flop and their Polish Cinema event at the Polish Parish Club was only a success because pretty much the entire audience came from outside Bradford, despite the vast majority of the promotion being undertaken in Bradford.

Taste, and what is deemed socially acceptable, is dictated by those in dominant cultural standings. This was the assertion of French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. It is in this context that fan communities rebel against the setting of ‘good taste’ by celebrating and raising the legitimacy of such delights as rabies infested meat pies, toxic avengers, rampaging mutant babies and machines that can cause ‘death by orgasm’. This is precisely what is due to occur from the 15th to the 17th of June: a packed weekend of schlocky shenanigans at the National Media Museum for the 11th instalment of the Fantastic Films Weekend.


by mike mckenny

mike mckenny

There are full-on eighties nostalgia-fests like the classic matchup of teenagers vs Dracula’s crew in Monster Squad (1987) and John Carpenter’s Mortal Kombatinfluencing Big Trouble in Little China (1986). There’s a strand dedicated to gothic Hammer, and there’s some audacious exploitation cinema, such as a Troma triplebill of The Toxic Avenger (1986), Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986) and Troma’s War (1988). One of the most enticing events is an incredibly rare screening of David Durston’s 1970 grindhouse classic I Drink Your Blood. It will be the most complete cut of the film outside of the director’s own 35mm copy and is being imported for this one-off screening. For the three days of the festival there are three great guests lined up. On Friday there’s Hammer Films’ script writer Renée Glynne, who will be interviewed before a screening of the 1955 film on which she worked, The Quatermass Xperiment. On Saturday evening Harley Cokeliss’ 1982 post-apocalyptic oil-sploitation Battletruck (aka Warlords of the 21st Century) will be screened following an interview with him. Finally, on Sunday, contemporary horror is given the stage as Andreas Marschall is interviewed prior to the screening of his new film Masks, which played to acclaim at last year’s Leeds International Film Festival. Despite the majority of the weekend being strictly adults only, families are not excluded thanks to a screening of the delightful Coraline, Henry Selick’s (Nightmare Before Christmas) 2009 adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. As always, a festival wouldn’t be complete without exposing audiences to the freshest up and coming talent, with their selection of short films. With nine films screening in total, from various nationalities - UK, Spain, Australia, Finland, Canada, USA, Ireland – and including several UK premieres, there will certainly be some eye openers.

I raise this fundamental issue, not as a way of shaming those who allow these efforts to struggle, but to say in plain English that it is up to us residents of Bradford to give credibility to the claim that we live in an international ‘City of Film’. The foundations are there; we already have the title and the opportunity to access all kinds of cinema. If the audience doesn’t materialise, those film societies will screen elsewhere and cinemas will simply play less challenging, less interesting material with more explosions. Not implying for a second that explosion-fests are in and of themselves a bad thing, but don’t we want more? The audience is out there on the streets of Bradford; there’s no way that all Bradfordians want from their cinema is crudely adapted toy franchises or nostalgic, conservative drivel like The King’s Speech. An audience craving more, craving something that challenges them, just hasn’t yet been addressed and brought together in the right way. So rather than simply complain about it, it is HowDo!?’s prerogative to put this situation right and work tirelessly to prove the legitimacy of this ‘City of Film’ status, and to do so in a bottom-up, sustainable manner. This won’t happen overnight, but steps will be taken to try and bring together those like-minded film fans that want to stand up and cement Bradford’s international status as a city that loves film. Perhaps I am wrong - maybe people really don’t want to get together with like-minded individuals and be challenged by interesting cinema - but if this has moved you to want to get involved with what we have planned, or if you would like to dispute what has been put forward, you can e-mail me on or catch me on Twitter @ DestroyApathy.

restoring the pLaza cinema in gr

eat horton

Something to look out for over the coming months is the inspiring community project of restoring what used to be the 750 seat Plaza Cinema on Cross Lane in Great Horton (closed in 1963). Currently home to the youth-wo rk based charity The Joshua Project, a significant amount of private funding has been awarded on the basis that this space is resto red as a functioning community cinema for the people of the surrounding area. More details are to follow, but you can check out the progress over at The Joshua Project’s webpage joshuaprojec



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BEEHIVE POETS; Robert Shepard and Patricia Farrell are reading their work @ NEW BEEHIVE INN, BD1 3AA OPEN MIC; with featured artists, every second Tuesday from this date @ GLYDE HOUSE BD5 0BQ AWAY WITH WORDS; open mic featuring found word, spoken word and featured poets @ TREEHOUSE CAFÉ, BD7 1BN


STONES AND STORIES; Before the words have come for the healing we dance the broken dances, we dance from our broken hearts. Stones & Stories s a newly commissioned dance improvisation funded by BBC Performing Arts Fund, created in collaboration with Bradford-born choreographer Chemaine Cooke, adopted Bradfordian musician Seth Bennett, Castaway-Goole Music Theatre. Tickets are free but seating limited. Booking advisable 01274 487390 @ MIND THE GAP, BD9 5BE

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REFUGEE WEEK Launch event; Speakers, performances and hot lunch @ KALA SANGAM BD1 4TY 10am SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO KNOW; An exhibition of art by local refugees and asylum seekers (until 24thJune)@ INTERCHANGE BUS STATION, BD1 1JT AN EVENING WITH TONY BENN; frank responses and political anecdotes @ RICHMOND BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD, BD7 1DP Bettakultcha; presentation evening by individuals with ideas to share @ HAND MADE IN BRADFORD, BD1 1RU LUMINARIUM; a monumental inflatable structure and dazzling maze of winding paths designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour (until 24th June as part of Grassington Festival) @ FESTIVAL FIELD, BD23 5LB BIASAN PARTY; Music and dancing (part of Refugee Week) @ ARTS RESOURCE CENTRE, BD1 5DT TOPIC FOLK CLUB; Brian Peters – guitarist, singer and anglo-concertina player @ IRISH CLUB, BD1 2RX POSITIVE BRADFORD DAY; 11am – 6pm @ CENTENARY SQUARE MAKERS EVENT; evening social 6pm-8pm with drinks & food (Russian Restaurant, Mamma Mia and The Nawaab) @ HAND MADE IN BRADFORD, BD1 1RU CROSSCUT SAW; Superior 4 piece blues band @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ Paul Jermyn @ The Cricketers, KEIGHLEY, BD21 5JE BLUDVERA @ GASWORKS, BD1 1SW DIRTY DEEDS @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE THE ROB DYLAN BAND; ‘The Rolling Plunder revue’ - £7 door @ Korks Otley, LS27 1DH Family fun day + screEning of The Incredibles @ The Plaza, Great Horton cinema (e-mail for details) MAKERS EVENT; day of talks, workshops and talking @ HAND MADE IN BRADFORD, BD1 1RU KALA UTSAV SUMMER SHOWCASE @ KALA SANGAM, BD1 4TY WHITESNAKE UK @ GASWORKS, BD1 1SW BRADFORD SOUP RUN BEACH PARTY @ THE BLACK SWAN, BD1 2JH BLACK RISING @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY; it will pass through Bradford at 2.40pm, Keighley at 3.40pm and in Ilkley approx. 4.45pm @ BRADFORD!! GAMES IN THE PARK; a participatory event for all the family @ CARTWRIGHT HALL, BD9 4NS SALTAIRE BANDSTAND; Fairfax Concert Singers @ ROBERT’S PARK, BD17 7LU EDDIE LAWLER @ OFF THE TAP, BD16 DICK GAUGHAN; Super Scottish socialist singer songwriter @ CAROLINE STREET SOCIAL CLUB, BD18 3JZ ALLIGATOR GUMBO; 6 piece Creole swing @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ

MIDSUMMER MINGLE; Bradford Cultural Forum – a night of presentations and live performances – creative networking/social event with bar and snacks @ DELIUS ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE, BD7 1AA TOBA presents CERCLE DES MALLISSIMALISTES (tbc) @ THE 1 IN 12 CLUB, BD1 2LY THE UNTHANKS WITH BRIGHOUSE AND RAISTRICK BAND; part of Grassington Festival @ FESTIVAL MARQUEE, BD23 5LB BRADFORD COMEDY CLUB; cheap night of laughs headlined by Katie Mulgrew @ GLYDE HOUSE, BD5 0BQ NEW MODEL ARMY; Their last performance in the UK before they jet off to Germany to begin a festival tour @ LIVE LOUNGE AT UTOPIA, BD1 2QT TOPIC FOLK CLUB; Martyn Wyndham-Read, veteran of 40 recorded albums @ IRISH CLUB, BD1 2RX LIVE LOUNGE @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE NO HANDS + HOBBES FC PRESENT; Buen Chico + Hobbes Fan Club live upstairs. Usual mix of alt /pop party tunes @ POLISH CLUB, BD5 0BH CHAINSAW @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE MARK STEEL’S IN TOWN; Comedy from the BBC favourite (also sat 30th) @ OTLEY COURTHOUSE, LS21 3AN shades of red @ The Cricketers, KEIGHLEY, BD21 5JE STEVE TILSTON; Folk legend as seen on Jools Holland @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ the richard harris experience @ NEW INN THORNTON, BD13 3JX SHIPLEY RECORD CLUB @ KIRKGATE CENTRE, BD18 3EH VOODOO SOUP @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE ANALOG BOMBS; Indie/Ska @ SHIPLEY PRIDE, BD18 3HH THE DRASTICS EP LAUNCH @ THE BLACK SWAN, BD1 2JH

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ACOUSTICLY STONED @ Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE BEATITUDES @ The Mill, Preston Street, BD7 1LU THE FRONT ROOM DISCO; Will Oddsox chooses tunes @ CAROLINE STREET SOCIAL CLUB, BD18 3JZ WOODEN MACHINE with BOX JELLYS; up and coming indie band with male / female vox @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ JOURNEY INTO INDIA: MANASAMITRA; An evening of classical Indian music and dance @ OTLEY COURTHOUSE, LS21 3AN DR COXX @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE THE KINGCROWS; Leeds punks @ THE BLACK SWAN, BD1 2JH FROM THE JAM; @ Live lounge at utopia, BD1 2QT SALTAIRE VINTAGE DAY; inc. Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair - vintage trail and extra vintage treats and temptation @ SALTAIRE, BD18 3LQ UNDERCLIFFE CEMETERY OPEN DAY; site-specific devised work from Peter E. Huntley, film, café, live music & guided tours @ UNDERCLIFFE, BD3 0QD JAZZ AND CURRY; Octarine @ HALF MOON CAFÉ, BD17 7LU MANC LADS @ GASWORKS, BD1 1SW The 309s @ The New Inn, Thornton, BD13 3JX bonney mac blues band @ The Cricketers, KEIGHLEY, BD21 5JE HUXTER: Punk @ SHIPLEY PRIDE, BD18 3HH SALTAIRE BANDSTAND; Hot Aire @ ROBERTS PARK, BD17 7LU FULL TILT @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE


TOPIC FOLK CLUB; Blues guitarist Roger Sutcliffe @ IRISH CLUB, BD1 2RX Edinburgh; 4 of the brightest stars in UK comedy bring their show to Keighley ahead of this yr’s Fringe Festival @ The Cricketers, KEIGHLEY, BD21 5JE COMEDY CHECKOUT; comedy improve @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ UNDER FIRE @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE BATTLE OF THE BANDS; WY Fire & Rescue concert band + WY F&R pipe K-+band + City of Bradford brass band @ BRADFORD CATHEDRAL BD1 4EH1 THE IAN MACMILLAN ORCHESTRA; music, poetry, comedy and improv @ SQUARE CHAPEL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, HX1 1QG THE SHIPLEY ALTERNATIVE; a new indy market aimed at bringing something a bit different to Shipley @ KIRKGATE CENTRE, BD18 3EH BRADFORD BIG DANCE; a packed program of events combining sport and dance @ CITY PARK, BD1 1HY SHADES OF LOVE; Beautiful Odissi dance in a contemporary style @ KALA SANGAM, BD1 4TY LIBERTY LIES; + support from Raven Vandelle L @ GASWORKS, BD1 1SW HAZARDOUS METAL CLUBNIGHT PRESENTS; Arkham Witch + Iron Void @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTER, BD21 2JZ DELIRIUM @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE SHADES OF RED: Popular/Classic Rock @ SHIPLEY PRIDE, BD18 3HH SALTAIRE BANDSTAND; Wilsden Band @ ROBERTS PARK, BD17 7LU The Live Room presents Cahalen Morrison and Eli West; Bluegrass music for the 21st century @ Caroline Street Social Club, Saltaire, BD18 3JZ THEATRE IN THE DALES PRESENT A COMEDY OF ERRORS; by William Shakespeare @ HEATON HILL PARK, QUARRY STREET, BD9 MANNINGHAM GUIDED WALK; For a free public costumed guided walk meet in Chaat Café @ MANNINGHAM MILLS, BD9 5BD ACTORS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENT; William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (also Friday + Saturday matinee) @ BRADFORD CATHEDRAL, BD1 4EH TOPIC FOLK CLUB; David Newey and Shona Kipling, guitar vocals and accordion @ IRISH CLUB, BD1 2RX CHINA SHOP BULL; 7 piece mix of ska, rave, drum n bass @ EXCHANGE ARTS CENTRE, BD21 2JZ MOTUS @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE BOPS; House/Techno + Dubstep/Drum&Bass - til 6am @ The Mill, Preston Street, BD7 1LU MURDER ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie @ ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BD1 1AJ megadeath uk @ GASWORKS, BD1 1SW RESURGENCE @ The Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE last orders @ The Cricketers, KEIGHLEY, BD21 5JE KULA BULA: Pop/Rock @ SHIPLEY PRIDE, BD18 3HH SALTAIRE BANDSTAND; Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band @ ROBERTS PARK, BD17 7LU LIVE LOUNGE @ Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE GRAND OBSCENE BABY AUCTION 2012; bands tbc as part of NO HANDS - Bradford’s no. 1 alt/pop party @ POLISH CLUB, BD5 0BH LITTLE ROCK @ Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE GRAND OBSCENE BABY AUCTION 2012; bands tbc @ THE 1 IN 12 CLUB, BD1 2LY St Tantrums, The Mardigras Bombers, In Evil Hour and The Senton Bombs @ Live lounge at utopia, BD1 2QT SHIPLEY RECORD CLUB @ KIRKGATE CENTRE, BD18 3EH SUICIDE BLONDE @ Brewery Tap, BD10 9QE TWISTED CULTURE; Techno trance nutters @ THE BLACK SWAN, BD1 2JH THE AIRE DO; Keighley’s free music weekend with Jake Bugg, Rudimental, Skeletal Family, Foxes Faux, Halycon Days, Keep the drummer happy + much more all in the beautiful surroundings of Cliffe Castle Park and Gardens Keighley, BD20 6LH SALTAIRE BANDSTAND; Bradford Comhaltas @ ROBERT’S PARK, BD17 7LU

WEEkLY[that we know about]

BEEHIVE POETS; every Monday @ NEW BEEHIVE INN, BD1 3AA SUMMER SALSA SOCIALS; every Tuesday throughout June & July, 8:30pm - 10:30pm, FREE @ Biko Room, University of Bradford THE DRAWING CLUB; 6 week life – drawing course 12th June – 17th July (drop in welcome) @ DELIUS ARTS CENTRE, BD7 1AA YOGA; 6 week course 14th June – 19th July 5.30 – 7 (drop in welcome) @ DELIUS ARTS CENTRE, BD7 1AA BRADFORD SCRATCH ORCHESTRA; every Thursday, ensemble improv facilitated by Richard Ormrod @ TASMIN LITTLE MUSIC CENTRE, BD7 1DP TIME FOR TEA; every Friday, free tea and cakes for over 55s @ IMPRESSIONS GALLERY, BD1 1SD

EXhiBitiOnS [that we know about]

PERSONAL BEST by Paul Floyd Blake the stories of 16 young athletes in the build up to the Olympics and Paralympics @ IMPRESSIONS GALLERY, BD1 1SD opens 24th June GIRLS IN THE RING by Lee Karen Stow; a documentary portrait of women and girl boxers in Yorkshire @ HAND MADE IN BRADFORD, BD1 1RU, opens 15th June TEA: FROM THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS Tim Smith’s photos of Rwanda @ CRAVEN MUSEUM AND GALLERY, BD23 1AH IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE; An exhibition exploring the relationship between movement and media @ NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM BD1 1NQ GOLDEN THREADS; An exhibition making links between historic and modern Bradford @ BRADFORD INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM BD2 3HP ANTHONY EARNSHAW – THE IMP OF SURREALISM; Various media by the original and witty Ilkley-born artist @ CARTWRIGHT HALL GALLERY BD9 4NS HOPE’S WHISPER; Project recording the weather at the Bronte Parsonage, linking to the many weather references in their books @ SOUTH SQUARE BD13 3LD opens 7th July CHANGE SPACES; An exhibition exploring conflict and change, using the process of ropemaking as a metaphor for conflict transformation @ GALLERY II, BD7 1DP EXHIBITION OF POSTCARD SIZED ARTWORKS; entries to a recent Wuthering Heights-themed competition are on tour @ SHIPLEY LIBRARY 25th JUNE – 6th JULY @ MANNINGHAM LIBRARY 7th JULY – 21st JULY ARTISTIC OFF-LICENCE’S exhibition continues until June 17th with performances from local musicians, dancers or community groups most days of the week. Come and look at art and be entertained, all for free! Don’t be afraid to snare an Artistic Off-Licencee to ask us about the project, a piece of art on display, make links with your own organisation or for advice on getting your art on display - they are a very friendly bunch! @ THE AIREDALE SHOPPING CENTRE, BD22 3QQ THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN BEING UP AND DOWN; by Simon Boase - Through inviting live contributions from international DJs, sharing mixes online and constructing furniture that references the interiors of house parties, Boase creates an environment in the gallery where dance music and the structures of its proliferation are utilised and made accessible. @ SOUTH SQUARE, BD13 3LD Opens 2nd June.

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a summer afternoon. Catch the 607 to Thornton and get off at the school. To your right you are faced with a series of open fields, �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� connected at the bottom by a small stream. Five minutes by the stream is enough to make you forget where you are. The calm sound of the water and ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� the wide open spaces create a blissfully rural atmosphere, little more than a stones throw from the city centre. Scenic and beautiful, that it is my (not ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� so) secret Bradford. �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������


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Breugal the elder created a painting entitled Children’s Games. In this painting 200 children are playing over 80 games in a sunny townscape. It’s a �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� medieval painting but there’s a direct resonance and comparison to be made with this painting and the colourful antics on summer days in the city park. I ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� have long thought that simple games with the cultural/social messages that they carry should be encouraged and protected. There’s a direct comparison ������������������������������������������������������������������������ with the concept of memes (cultural genes) and the cultural/social information carried in the simple games we played as children. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� I would suggest that It’s important to protect these games, pass them on and keep them alive for future generations in the same way we might protect ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� seeds at a seed bank; culturally we are carrying a torch to successive generations. ����������������������� So going to the talk at the National Media Museum on the cultural Olympiad hosted by the very knowledgeable Nina from Alchemy and hearing her voice these same thoughts was music to my ears. Games give us so many beneficial physical and psychological skill sets for life. FAR SoAFIELD IN THORNTON it’s great to hear that so much is happening in the city parks across Bradford and Yorkshire this summer. Northern School of Contemporary Dance will be visiting and sharing their moves in public spaces in ways reminiscent of Pina Bauch’s work, Harewood house have street runners... Centenary square Kieran Robinson and Cartwright hall will be hosting events as the torch passes through our city and there is a special exhibition at Cartwright Hall on games in the park ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� which runs from 28th July to 2nd December. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Games in the Park is taking place at Centenary Square/City Park on Saturday 16th June and Saturday 7th July and at Cartwright Hall, Lister Park on Sunday ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 24th June and Sunday 29th July. �������������������� For more information: park

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White onion & cider soup, cheddar cheese croute Napoleons classic prawn cocktail, Marie Rose sauce & little gem (£1.95 supplement) Roast venison sausage, creamy champ potatoes & redcurrant jus Pressed chicken terrine, apple chutney, rocket salad & mustard dressing Fish fingers, pea purée, home made tartare sauce Slices of melon, with a berry compote & peppermint crème fraîche


Sirloin steak, olive oil potato purée & bourguignon garnish Cajun spiced chicken breast, sweet potato wedges & bourbon glaze Poached escalope of salmon, grilled asparagus, tomato hollandaise Slow roasted belly pork, bramley apple purée, sage & onion mash Roast rump of lamb, crushed new potatoes, pea & smoked bacon jus Asparagus & spring onion risotto with wilted rocket and a garlic & peppercorn sauce


Grills, served with slow roast tomatoes, button mushrooms and hand cut chips Fillet steak (£5 supplement) Salmon We recommend the following sauces to compliment your grill: Au poivre £1.50 Diane £1.50 Hollandaise £1.50 All main courses served with a selection of vegetables & potatoes


Chocolate & orange pot with marinated cherries Warm Yorkshire parkin, vanilla ice cream & toffee sauce Brandy snap basket filled with a banoffee mascarpone cream A selection of cheese with celery, fruit & biscuits

All products served could contain nuts or nut derivatives. If you have a serious food allergy, let us know before you orde Strictly over 18’s only

Tel: 01274 391820

HowDo?! Issue 7 June/July  

A magazine for and by the people celebrating grassroots arts and culture.

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