Holmfirth Arts Festival

Holmfirth Arts Festival Flock to Holmfirth Arts Festival: 14th-17th June 2018

Organisers are inviting audiences to flock to this year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival which has a distinctly avian theme. The 2018 event invites you to ‘follow the swallow’ and experience the very best of what the town has to offer.

Holmfirth’s annual multi-arts event takes off from 14th-17th June and Festival Director, Bev Adams, said:

“This year we will be showcasing newly commissioned work, alongside top class theatre, spoken word, comedy, music, community and some brilliant participatory projects.

“We hope local people will get involved with our Carnival Parade on Saturday, enjoy the Holmfirth Sing! on Sunday afternoon and explore our River of Art installation throughout the Festival. ”

The Festival kicks off with local favourites, the fabulous funk band Huggy, on Thursday 14th June at The Picturedrome.

African jazz group, Ubunye, will bring music to your ears on Friday evening and the brilliant Joanne Harris, well-known author of Chocolat, will be performing on Saturday with her #Storytime Band, combining projections, original music and songs which are quirky and darkly magical.

The weekend has a fun family feel with a vibrant Carnival Parade through the streets of Holmfirth on Saturday at 2pm showcasing a wealth of wild and wonderful winged creatures – all created by the community with the help of Handmade Parade and The Children’s Art School.

Throughout the weekend there will be back-to-back street theatre to keep everyone entertained. Look out for a giant Heron, take a ride in a Flycycle, get busy with Bees!, watch a Flea Circus, make music with Funky Junk and dance along with the Firm Band Baja. On Sunday, audiences can settle down in front of The Crow House, a silent movie-inspired street theatre show, or celebrate a golden time of good old-fashioned dancing with Bill and Bobby.

Comedy comes in the form of Tiff Stevenson, star of Mock the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, who brings her politically switched on brand of humour to the town on Saturday night.

Holmfirth will be also teeming with theatre and performance, from Britain’s leading radical theatre company Red Ladder Theatre recounting the adventures of suffragette, Annie Wilde; to quirky performance artist, ICHI, from Japan, taking us on a surreal flight of fancy; and Topsy Turvy Theatre Company with their charming children’s show, Christopher’s Caterpillars.

Sunday sees one of the highlights of the Festival with the impressive Sing Holmfirth! in Victoria Park, recreating the wonderful Holmfirth Feast sings of the past; followed by the delightful Scwha who set poetry to music. Spiltmilk Dance invite you to a tea dance with a twist and the Festival comes to a close with the bold and brassy sounds of Hope and Social.

2018 also sees a brand new sculpture trail along the banks of the River Holme. Co-created by the community, the River of Art will run through the very heart of the town and brings together artists, schools and community groups to explore and enhance the river. Embracing this year’s festival theme, ideas of flight, journeys, rhythm and recycling have all been explored to create a series of eye-catching, thought-provoking artworks.

As well as welcoming a host of talented artists from a wide range of genres - including comedy, theatre, storytelling, dance, spoken word, funk, jazz and classical music the Festival is inviting visitors to get involved in walks, talks and workshops.

So make a date to follow the swallow to Holmfirth this June. To find out more pick up a Festival brochure, visit the website at www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk or follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news. To book tickets go to Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre, visit the website or phone Kirklees bookings on 01484 223200.

Holmfirth Arts Festival receives funding from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards for All, The One Community Foundation, Longley Farm and the Parish Council, plus support from many local businesses and individuals.

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For further information, images, interview opportunities please contact Sally Brown, Media Manager at Holmfirth Arts Festival on 01484 968551 or mobile 07950 870864, email communications@holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk or visit www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

Holmfirth Arts Festival (HAF) is a celebration of music, theatre, art, comedy, literature, storytelling, new commissions, workshops and creative things to do in the Yorkshire market town of Holmfirth. This year’s festival takes place in June preceded by an inspiring programme of community participation and supported by other events throughout the year. 2018 will be the Festival’s 10th anniversary.

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