5 year celebration of all things curry


World Curry Festival announced Bradford City Park from 20th – 22nd June

In less than 100 days’ time, the World Curry Festival 2014 will once again see Bradford’s City Park transformed into a world of tastes, flavours and dazzling demonstrations, cookery shows, celebrity chefs, pop-up restaurants, street food, shopping, music and entertainment.
With the main activities taking place between  Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd June, the World Curry Festival this year opens with a glitzy gala dinner on Thursday 19th June at the Cedar Court Hotel, in Bradford.

The fifth World Curry Festival will also see audiences eating their words this year, as a new collaboration with Ilkley Literature Festival presents Poetry in the City, a fun-filled programme of over three days incorporating workshops, a multi-lingual Mushaira and open-mike poetry events. The line-up includes national names and regional treasures from the world of poetry.

Ian McMillan, Tony Husband © David Tilley
Ian McMillan, Tony Husband © David Tilley

Ilkley Literature Festival director Rachel Feldberg comments: “We have brought together a fantastic blend of poets from all over the north of the country including some special performances by world class poets.

“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with the World Curry Festival where we can offer food for thought, at the same time as having some fun.

“Poetry has always been an important element of the Ilkley Literature Festival and it is great that we are able to create a platform for a younger generation of poets to perform alongside and be inspired by some of the best known poets of our generation.”

Simon Armitage  © Paul Wolfgang Webster
Simon Armitage
© Paul Wolfgang Webster

World Curry Festival Director and Founder Zulfi Karim explains: “For me, curry and culture blend together so seamlessly. Just like food, poetry is something that is far better shared.

“The art offers another reason for people to come together and share an experience. Poetry is food for the soul, so lends itself brilliantly to what this festival is all about.”

Other highlights of the curryfest include exciting Indian and food-themed drama performances in association with Bradford Theatres, and the much-anticipated finals of Bradford College’s Junior Chef Competition.

Roger McGough © Will Wilkinson
Roger McGough
© Will Wilkinson

Looking back on the past few years, Zulfi comments: “It will be a truly memorable year for the World Curry Festival.

“We’ve taken the best elements from previous years and combined them in a spectacular programme, which offers something for everyone. We’ll be celebrating the wonders of curry with master chefs from around the world, through poetry and drama, and by involving young people in a Junior Chef competition.”

The World Curry Festival attracts in the region of 30,000 visitors over a three day period. It is fast becoming a regular fixture in Bradford’s summer programme.

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