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Halimo - A Bradford Story - Cecil Green Arts

Halimo - A Bradford Story -  Cecil Green Arts


Halimo is the story of Halimo Batel, who came to Bradford as part of the Bradford Exhibition of 1904. In this story of migration, arrival, birth and death we will explore questions of identity and values which are still pertinent to communities in Bradford today.

The Bradford Exhibition was held in Lister Park from May to October in the year that Cartwright Hall opened. For most of the 2.5m visitors to the exhibition, this would have been their first encounter with people of colour and intense public and media interest was heightened by a birth, a fire and a dispute over payments. Tragically during this time Halimo contracted TB and died. She became the first Muslim to be buried in Bradford.

For this piece of visual theatre CGA will be directed by master puppeteer Alison Duddle, (formerly joint Artistic Director of Horse + Bamboo Theatre). Joining our artist team will be two Bradford based artists Uzma Kazi and Somali born Shamsa Bakari.

Fri 8 Dec


Sat 9 Dec


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