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‘Upcycle” Christmas gifts at weekend festival run by arts group

A LOCAL arts group will hold a mini festival for people to create and “upcycle” their own low cost Christmas gifts.

The Brick Box is inviting people to its Ivegate base this weekend for Indie-Cember, a two day event that will mix music, crafts and food.

During the event there will be workshops from stop animation to LED bauble-making, as well as stalls by local artists and makers, and free live entertainment.

In the evening, there’ll be a late-night party with some of the city’s grassroots DJs and promoters.

It starts on Friday at 7pm with piano music by Imani Hekima, acoustic music by Gerrard Bell-Fife and a “wRapping zone” that mixes hip hop and present wrapping.

On Saturday there will be stalls by local groups selling gifts, numerous workshops, live music and DJs until late at night.

The event is being supported by Bradford Council’s Visitor Fund.

A spokesperson from The Brick Box said: “Indie-cember is a festive nod to Bradford’s brilliant DIY ethic, and also a way for people to get together and prepare for Christmas without having to spend lots of money.

“We want to teach people how to make and upcycle things, as well as show them what else is being made in the city by some of our skilled craftspeople.

“Throw in some very talented musicians, lots of food and drink, and some indoor snow, and it’s going to be a real Christmas party as well as a useful place to do your shopping.”

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