Holmfirth Arts Festival will be inviting you to ‘follow the swallow’ to discover a wealth of arts events which, this year, celebrate the town’s connections with water and the landscape which has shaped its history. The Festival’s new ‘swallow’ logo will be seen gracing flags and banners throughout the town, lending its connotations of long summer days to this already well-established annual event.
The Festival, which runs from 12th June-22rd June, will transform Holmfirth with artists’ commissions both in and along the river Holme, sculpture trails in the woods, high class comedy, music, theatre, poetry and some unmissable children’s workshops.
Festival Director, Fiona Goh, said:
“Our exhibitions, walks and talks will explore Holmfirth’s vital connections with water, as well as marking the 70th anniversary of the 1944 floods which did so much damage to the town. We have two very different commissions, by local artists John Holt and Fabric Lenny, which will encourage us to look at the river afresh as well as guided walks telling the human stories behind both the 1852 and 1944 floods.”
This year sees the return of Art in the Woods where visitors will be invited to take a journey through Holme Styes Woods to discover a collection of environmental themed works by over 20 local artists. And families can experience an afternoon of wood crafts, clay and scavenger hunts when they head out into the woods at Mearhouse Farm near Holmfirth.
Musical highlights include performances by solo cellist Matthew Barley, virtuoso flautist Katherine Bryan, and the irresistible dance grooves of indo-jazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh. The festival finale includes a foot-stomping night out at the Picturedrome in the company of Hackney Colliery Band.
Comedy bounces into Holmfirth in the form of Jedward-haired Russell Kane with his insights into all things ‘small’. And award-winning actor George Telfer brings his one-man show about the life of Monty Python funny man Graham Chapman – doctor, mountaineer, alcoholic and pioneering gay icon.
Families can enjoy two delightful performances for young children: Tutti Frutti’s Monday’s Child tells of the bond between a grandmother and a little girl, and Michael Morpurgo’s magical tale I Believe in Unicorns reveals the power of books and one little boy’s bravery. For teenagers there’s a chance to meet local authors Annabel Pitcher and Wendy Constance and find out what gave them ideas for their brilliant books.
As 2014 is the year of the Tour de France local people of all ages will be invited to take part in creating the Yorkshire premiere of Kagel’s Eine Brise (A Breeze) – 111 cyclists are needed to create the first ever complete performance of the piece on Sunday 15th June. Organisers insist that it’s really easy, and great fun – to find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or simply go and watch before joining in the Holmfirth Sing later in the afternoon.
The final Sunday of the festival marks the arrival of Leeds-based Hope and Social, bringing their special brand of heart-on-the-sleeve music and trademark blue jackets to Holmfirth and forming a band that anyone can join.
And make the most of a very special ticket offer giving £2 off each ticket for selected events, when booked before 31st May.
Holmfirth Arts Festival is funded by Arts Council England, Kirklees Council and Holme Valley Parish Council and receives sponsorship and support from many local businesses and individuals.
Full details of this year’s festival are on the festival website (http://www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk) and a free brochure listing all the events is available from key information points around the Holme Valley.
To join the email mailing list contact email@example.com , or to buy tickets call Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre 01484 222444 or Kirklees booking line on 01484 223200.