Daytimers – call out for stories
Did you or somebody you know attend the secret music movement ‘Daytimers’ back in the late 1980s or 1990s?
The underground Bhangra scene was a place where young British Asians could hang out and dance to home-grown Bhangra music in a relaxed environment. Taking place in broad daylight, Daytimers was a huge cultural movement happening across the UK, including places such as Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds and London, producing a new generation of world-class DJs.
We are calling out to any former Daytimer ravers who attended the events back in the day to share their stories. We’re looking for memories, footage and photographs to inspire our new play, ‘Daytimers’, which will be performed in September 2023 as part of Huddersfield’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) cultural programme. The play will be a tribute to Bhangra Daytimers and the community that has supported the events over the years, and a celebration of the diversity of Huddersfield’s community.
The Bhangra Daytimer events were a significant part of Huddersfield’s cultural heritage, bringing people together to celebrate music and dance and form friendships. We would like to gather as many stories as possible to inspire a play that truly represents the community’s experience, whether that’s a love story, funny memories, or tales of friendship.
Share your stories by emailing email@example.com. The deadline for submitting stories is 30 July 2023.
The £95 million government-funded High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme, which is being delivered by Historic England, aims to unlock the potential of high streets across England, fuelling economic, social and cultural recovery, encouraging people to say Hi! to the high street, and breathe new life into it for future generations. It is also funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Huddersfield’s three-year HSHAZ programme is being supported by Kirklees council.
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