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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Arts Festival programme launch

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Arts Festival to launch full programme

Some big name acts will be revealed when Hebden Bridge Arts Festival launches its full 2013 programme at a public event in the Town Hall.

The Festival team have already announced a sell-out gig by comic Daniel Kitson, a reading from pop star Tracey Thorn and an exclusive solo gig from I am Kloot's John Bramwell gig which is now sold out online, but local residents can find about the other big name bookings at a family event on Sunday 19 May from 2 pm to 4pm.

“In previous years the launch events have been invite only, but this year we decided to make it an open day because this is a festival created by local people for local people,” says Festival Director Helen Meller.

“I’m not going to totally give the game away," said Helen, "but I can say we have a rare Yorkshire show by one of our greatest poets, and another legendary performer from the folk world, as well as a host of exciting community events.”

The Festival team will also be launching their new crowd-funding scheme designed to raise much needed cash in a really tough climate for arts funding. The month long scheme offers people a chance to buy a number of gifts and products donated by local artists for an agreed fee,

“The Festival knows money is tight at the moment so this seems the ideal time for us to start raising our own funds, and with crowdfunding people actually get something exciting back for their donation,” says Helen.

“We’ve been really touched by how generous some of the donations are, and one of the gifts is a tour of the Emmerdale set by one of their stars Dominic Blunt who lives locally. Acclaimed local artist Kate Lycett is asking her Facebook contact which piece she donate to help raise funds.”

As well announcing the full festival line up there'll be the chance to turn underwear into bunting in a workshop run by Jude Wadley for our Wonderwear project to decorate our streets.

The festival running from June 22 to 30 is also home to the Bridge the Gap project led by young local artists who are keen to make their mark on this year's festival. The Bridge the Gap team will on hand to reveal their plans for the week and how to get involved in this innovative scheme.

Young people will also be able to sign for free animation and creative writing workshops that are running throughout the festival.

Mike Barrett will also be unveiling his ‘My Type of Town’ exhibition that is an idiosyncratic look at the various bits of typography used in town over the last decade.

“We want our community to come along and have fun, but it is also a chance to tell us what you like and what you’d like to see more of because this is the festival on your doorstep." says Helen.

The festival box office staffed by volunteers will be open for business on the day and with some of the events likely to sell out quickly then this is a chance to be first in the queue. There will a limited allocation of John Bramwell tickets for local residents available from the box office.

To find out more how to bid for crowdfunding gifts go to the Festival website.

Previously, the Festival on the HebWeb

  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival needs your undies (29 April 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Bridge Monopoly Board (23 April 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Outdoor fun: local creative talent wanted (10 April 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Trades Club Entertainment manager Mal Campbell joins Festival team (8 March 2013)
  • HebWeb News:Budding playwrights needed for Hebden Shorts (23 Feb 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival 2013: first act to be announced is comedian Daniel Kitson (18 Feb 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Record turnout for Arts Festival open meeting (Nov 2012)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival is looking for your memories (7 Nov)
  • HebWeb News: New faces at Arts Festival (22 Oct)
  • HebWeb News: Festival and Parade team up for 'sensational afternoon' next year (25 Sept)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival seeks new board members (18 Sept)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival is over (12 July)
  • HebWeb News: Carnival weekend in Hebden (3 July)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival and Handmade Parade hit the sunny streets of Hebden (27 June)
  • HebWeb News: The girls are back in town! (20 June)
  • HebWeb News: Festival Box Office opens Saturday 16th June
  • HebWeb News: Dance weekend to kick off Arts festival
  • HebWeb News: Festival Programme launched: Matisse and Stewart Lee headline
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Bridge Fringe Programme launched
  • HebWeb News: Countdown to Arts Festival

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