Abel Zhang

Abel is an experienced arts professional with a diverse background in creative production and a deep passion for promoting arts and culture in Bradford.

With over 20 years of experience as an Executive Director, Creative Producer, and Freelance Production Manager in theatre and film, Abel understands the transformative power of storytelling in shaping communities.

Abel’s creative practice focuses on theatre, film, and the ability of the arts to foster connections and inspire change. His successful projects include internationally recognised films, groundbreaking theatre productions challenging conventional narratives, and introducing international theatre to China. Abel has organised festivals and forums, including the influential NOW festival in China, celebrating diversity and cultural exchange.

Now based in Bradford, Abel is dedicated to contributing to the city’s cultural growth as part of Bradford City of Culture 2025. He is involved in site-specific performances, documentaries, and producing a children’s theatre festival. Abel aims to empower local artists, foster skills development, and change perceptions of Bradford through vibrant arts and culture.

Abel’s achievements include strong relationships with European festival directors and accolades for artistic excellence and social impact. His commitment to community-building through the arts has earned admiration from colleagues and collaborators alike.

With an unwavering dedication to Bradford and its artistic community, Abel Zhang shapes the cultural landscape, amplifies voices, and drives positive change. His vision, expertise, and passion make him an invaluable asset in promoting arts and culture in Bradford and beyond.