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Welcome to the 2015 Holmfirth Arts Festival! Join us for 11 days of arts events, new commissions, workshops and surprises as we explore local myths, legends and tall tales.
This year, local artists Chloe Williams, Charlotte Watson and Victoria Garbutt have been working with primary school artists to delve deep into the myths of the Holmfirth boggard and local hag Jenny Greenteeth, to create hideous monsters held in captivity – appropriately enough – at Holmfirth’s former gaol, Th’Owd Towser. Look around for Fabric Lenny’s weird and wonderful gargoyles, including his exhibition of Totems, Tales and Talismans, upstairs at Up Country.
The Festival’s favourite tree impressionist and hippy Rory Motion makes a welcome return over the opening weekend of the Festival, where you can catch him doing a cryptic crossword at Emma’s Tea Parlour, singing a song in the Nook or telling tales at Choppards. You may even spot him on one of our specially commissioned Story Sofas, where fairandfunky will surprise you with pop-up events during the Festival…
We also bring an eclectic artistic feast to Holmfirth, welcoming Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol, the phenomenal Eminence Brass and exquisite Escher Quartet. As well as a trio of quartets, hold your breath for gentleman showman Mat Ricardo’s amazing feats of juggling and prepare yourself for the hard-hitting comedy of Paul Chowdhry.
There’s a welcome return to former poet-in-residence Alison Lock and a night with Manchester spoken word favourites Tales of Whatever. We close the Festival with the vocal talents of beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh on the eve of the longest day, accompanied by mesmeric fire from paBOOM and some surprises in Victoria Gardens.
Our last night parties are becoming legendary – Rubber Duck Beatbox Orchestra leads us out with a new collaboration of fast-paced Balkan stomp and electronics. There are plenty of opportunities get involved, with creative workshops for all ages, so please join us and join in!
Follow the swallow to find us in June.
The Festival, which runs from 11th – 21st June 2015.