Wed, Jan 04, 2023

Oastler Market Speaks events will begin this month

Join independent Bradford Producer and Arts Facilitator, Chemaine Cooke to present Oastler Market Speaks; a series of events celebrating the people, stories, and space that is Oastler Shopping Centre.
Oastler  |  Arts  |  Culture  |  History

An exciting start to 2023, as Chemaine Cooke kicks off the Oastler Market Speaks programme at the end of this month.

Oastler Market Speaks is a co-created culture and heritage project with the Oastler Market community. At this pivotal point in the market’s history, the project will see artists and traders working together to jointly programme performances and events leading to a range of artistic outputs that capture and celebrate the history and diversity of this unique market community. You’re invited to drift, wander and roam – see the theatre of the market – walk the pathways and reflect on your own memories.


Oastler Market Speaks events

Each event will have an open mic hosted by Haris Ahmed – a trader’s son who grew up in the market. As well as opportunities to take the mic, it’s a chance to chat and share memories about our place that is Bradford.

All events are drop-in, no pre-booking required unless otherwise stated.


Saturday 28 January 2023 12–5pm
Oastler Market Events Space

Dom Sheard, Creative Producer and DIY Promoter of alternative events including No Hands and The Wild Woods is working with Roswintha’s Deli owner, Gunther to bring together their specialisms of music and food to cook up something exciting


Saturday 11 February 2023 12–5pm
Oastler Market Events Space

Love Letters to Bradford
Bev from Card Cabin, who has had her stall for 18 years, is collaborating with Rosie McAndrew to make a card for John Street ahead of Valentines’ Day. The commemorative card is our love letter to John Street and to Bev. Join us for the launch of this limited edition card which will be available to buy.

There will be love, music, and Haris Ahmed’s open mic – as well as the Darley Street Versus John Street sub sandwich created by Gunter from Roswintha’s Deli!


Saturday 25 February 2023 12–5pm
Oastler Market Events Space

‘Down the Line’ takeover
We’re handing over the keys – it’s a takeover – a youth takeover! There’ll be DJs, dancers and workshops – more details to come but bring the family!


Saturday 11 March 2023 12–5pm
Oastler Market Events Space

All the world is a stage
Kirsty Taylor – local poet, mother of Front Room Poetry and writer of the critically acclaimed Cashy Cs: The Musical will be in conversation with local security guards to bring you tales of Oastler Market from a unique perspective. 


April 2023 – date TBC Oastler Market 

Bent Architect 
Bradford Theatre Company, Bent Architect will be premiering their play celebrating working-class culture inspired by Oastler Market’s iconic Fountains Cafe. 


Further workshops, poetry and music to be announced.