One of the best small festivals in Yorkshire is to be held this weekend in the ‘capital of
the Holme Valley’.
Holmfirth Arts Festival 2019 runs over three days, from 14-16 June.
Now in its 11 th year, the festival celebrates Holmfirth’s setting by inviting local, national and international artists to respond to this year’s theme of “Creativity in the Landscape”.
The annual parade through the streets of Holmfirth takes place on Sunday from 2pm
and organisers are urging people to get involved.
Festival director Bev Adams said: “This is set to be a fantastic event, with something for everyone whatever their age or taste to come along and enjoy.
“Holmfirth is the capital and the jewel of the Holme Valley and we are celebrating it
stunning scenery as well as its rich textile and crafts heritage.
“Come and be part of the parade, we want people and families to get involved and hold a banner, be creative and do something different.
“You can even come and make a banner in a last minute workshop this Friday between 3 and 6pm in the indoor market hall.”
As well as an abundance of free street theatre and performances during the day on
Saturday and Sunday there are lots of ticketed gigs taking place at Holmfirth Civic Hall, as well as Holmfirth Parish Church.
Highlights include TV comedian Simon Evans with his show Genius; Indian circus
performers Circus Raj, fresh from filming with Tim Burton in the Disney remake of
Dumbo, plus children’s theatre show Bird’s Nest Billy by Fidget Theatre.
Spoken word artist Rose Condo will perform in Holmfirth Parish Church, plus musicians include the knockout rhythms of latin jazz quintet Panjumby, led by Dudley Nesbitt, a virtuoso on the steel pan.
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners will also entertain with their rave mix of 90s classics on
Holmfirth musician Jonny Best will provide live piano accompaniment to Academy
award winning silent film, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, plus there will be a Touch of Brass double bill concert and Huddersfield Samba.
There will be guided walks as well as plenty of opportunities to interact with
installations and activities.
In addition, Holmfirth Writers Group is creating a film and soundscape installation in
Holmfirth Methodist Church, where people can listen to voices of the writers.
Holme Valley Sharing Memories group is unveiling a new Well Dressing.
Ms Adams added: “We are looking forward to what will be a fantastic weekend.
“We can promise that anyone who comes along is in for a treat, with three days of
concerts, spoken word, theatre, workshops, walks, film, installations, street theatre,
circus and a fantastic textile banner parade showcasing the efforts of the community.”
The 2019 event takes place after securing funding from Kirklees Council as part of
WOVEN, its inaugural Celebration of Textile Innovation, plus a grant from Arts Council, with support from Longley Farm, the Holme Valley Parish Council as well as New Mill based textile manufacturer Bower Roebuck.
More details at www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk