What's bubblin' ?

The Bradford Bubble Up is a series of water-themed events across Bradford city centre on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September.

Events will be arts-focused, family-friendly and participatory. The activities will use many of Bradford’s assets including its empty shops, local DIY creative talent, and all of the city’s National Portfolio Organisations.


Who's Paying' ?

More than £160,000 has been raised for the weekend’s events, and for other activities to support creative use of empty space throughout summer and autumn 2018. Bradford Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Arts Council England are our key funders alongside local organisations such as Friends of Bradford Beck, Impressions Gallery and the National Science and Media Museum. Many other partners are supporting with generous in-kind support – a huge thank you to everyone involved.

Our Inspiration

The Bradford Bubble Up will be an exciting event for everyone in the city to enjoy, as well as inviting visitors from outside Bradford to come and see what we’ve got to offer.

But it’s far more than just one weekend of fun.

This is an unprecedented partnership between all of Bradford’s long-term funded National Portfolio arts organisations, as well as local and regional bodies such as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, National Science and Media Museum, Friends of Bradford Beck, Bradford Council, The Underground, and then national organisations such as the Arts Council and Artichoke.


By working together in this way within Bradford, and with organisations from outside Bradford, we hope to achieve far more for the city than we ever can by working individually.

This kind of joined-up working mirrors the way the new Business Improvement District would work, by combining the efforts of businesses in the city centre to transform it through collaborative working.

The Bradford Bubble Up will inspire Bradfordians and non-Bradfordians to see the city differently, highlighting the talent and potential of our people and spaces and heralding a new creative period of regeneration.

Arts Council England

Public body

Arts Council England are part-funding Bubble Up


Arts organisation

Artworks will be working on Riverbed

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Local authority

Bradford Metropolitan District Council are a key funding and delivery partner

Bradford Literature Festival

Literature festival

Bradford Literature Festival will be working on Follow the Beck

Bread + Roses

Co-operative cafe and workspace

Bread + Roses are a communications partner

The Bronte Society

Literary society

The Bronte Society will be working on Follow the Beck

Common Wealth

Theatre company

Common Wealth will be working on Follow the Beck

Dance United

Dance organisation

Dance United will be working on Follow the Beck and Phase Change

East Street Arts.

Arts organisation

East St Arts will be working on Riverbed

Freedom Studios

Theatre company

Freedom Studios will be working on Sub-Marine

Friends of Bradford Beck

Bradford Beck interest group

Friends of Bradford Beck will be working on Follow the Beck

Handmade Parade

Events organisation

Handmade Parade will be working on Phase Change

Ilkley Literature Festival

Literature festival

Ilkley Literature Festival will be working on Riverbed

Impressions Gallery

Art gallery

Impressions Gallery will be working on Seven Streams and Follow the Beck


Independent Street Arts Network

ISAN are a creative mentor

Kala Sangam

Intercultural arts centre

Kala Sangam will be working on Phase Change

Mind the Gap

Theatre company

Mind the Gap will be working on Beneath the Waves


National Science and Media Museum

National museum

The National Science and Media Museum are a delivery partner


Sand in Your Eye

Sand sculptures

Sand in Your Eye will be working on the Urban Beach

The Underground

Live music venue

The Underground will be working on the Giant Waterslide

Theatre in the Mill

Venue and theatre company

Theatre In the Mill will be working on Sonic Journeys

Wur Bradford

Arts collective
Wur Bradford will be working on Sub-marine

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Combined authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority will be part-funding Bubble Up

XS Events

Event company

XS Events will be working on the Giant Waterslide


Theatre makers and gamers

ZU-UK are a creative consultant