Ten is the magic number, as ten cultural teams join forces for the 10th Bradford Family Learning Festival, taking place at various locations across the city centre and district from 21 – 29 October 2017.
Since 2008, the Festival has been bringing together education and culture-based organisations in Bradford to create fun activities and events aimed at encouraging and enabling families from across the district to learn together, focusing on two ‘Super Saturday’ events around the October half term.
Each year follows a different theme and for 2017 it is ‘Staying in Touch’, presented by teams from Bradford Museums and Galleries, Bradford Libraries, Kala Sangam, Impressions Gallery, the Colour Experience, Artworks Creative Communities, The Peace Museum, the National Science and Media Museum, BCB Radio and Bradford Council’s Family Learning and Adult Skills Service, which funds the programme.
In addition to providing a whole host of exciting, creative learning experiences, the partners are hoping to ‘stay in touch’ with families who have visited the event throughout the years, particularly anyone who came to the first one in 2008, and has been to every one since.
Sarah Odor head of Bradford Council’s Family Learning and Adult Skills said: “We are really excited about going into a new academic year, working with families and partner organisations across the Bradford District on classroom and family learning programmes. The Family Learning Festival is a fantastic opportunity to inspire families and adults through creative learning opportunities, thereby enabling them to develop the confidence and skills and actively engage with the wider community.”
Vicky Clifton, Head of Learning and Participation at the National Science and Media Museum, said: “We’ve had a great time being involved in the Festival for all these years, and we’d love to hear about people’s memories and experiences, especially anyone who’s been bringing family members along since 2008. Please get in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter and we can share your stories.”
This year the Super Saturdays are on 21 and 28 October. The full programme of events will be released next month and the organisers are hoping it will be the most popular yet.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “The Family Learning Festival is an excellent way of bringing families together and giving them the opportunity to learn whilst having fun. This is the tenth Festival and every year we have seen the number of people becoming involved increase, so this year we are hoping for record numbers. As in previous Festivals there is something for everyone, be it in the wonderful City Park, a city centre venue, or in one of the libraries across the district.”