Bradford is home to the National Media Museum, the UK’s most visited museum outside London. One of the museum’s ‘must see’ features is the huge 52ft by 64ft IMAX screen which shows an exciting selection of 3D films.
For movie buffs the museum cinema ‘Pictureville’ screens new and
classic films and hosts the annual Bradford Film Festival which is one
of the most significant events on the European film festival circuit.
Other museums in the area include Bradford’s Museum of Colour which is dedicated to the history, development and technology of colour. The only one of its kind in the country, it is very informative and well worth a visit.
The Bradford Gallery of the Yorkshire Craft Centre right at the heart of the College campus, features national touring exhibitions as well as the work of local artists. Just outside the city at Saltaire’s 1853 Gallery, you can view at close quarters a permanent exhibition housing the largest collection of paintings by former Bradford College student David Hockney, one of Bradford’s most famous sons.
If you enjoy the theatre, the world-famous Alhambra Theatre is just a two minute walk from College and features everything from the Royal Shakespeare Company to ballet, pantomime modern dance and poetry. Nearby St George’s Hall, the second home of the Hallé Orchestra, gives you all the benefits of a major live music concert venue.
Annual events include the Bradford Festival, now one of the biggest outdoor events in the country and the Bradford Mela, a weekend-long celebration of Bradford’s multi-cultural diversity held in one of the city’s 34 urban parks.The city also boasts an International Chamber Music Concert Season, which is held in the magnificent setting of the Bradford Cathedral. Nearby, in Ilkley the annual Literary Festival is one of the largest in the country and attracts writers of national and international acclaim.