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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival


Families and young people are right at the heart of the Hebden Arts festival’s 2013 programme including an appearance by a pair of mysterious time traveling magicians.

Victorian magicians Morgan and West were a massive hit at the Edinburgh Festival as they travel through time offering a magical extravaganza packed with amazing deceptions that will entertain all the family. The Time Travelling Magicians play two afternoon shows at the Trades Club on Sunday 23 June and the Scotman’s critic said of them: "I can’t recall the last time my awe was so thoroughly struck."

That same afternoon one of the UK’s leading young poets Andrew McMillan will be leading a free poetry workshop for young people aged 12 plus giving a platform to some of our most talented local young verse smiths.

Under 5s can join in the Lubellue Theatre’s Just a Bit of Paper taking young culture vultures on an extraordinary journey into a world of paper in Riverside School on Saturday 29 June.

“This year we’ve worked really hard to increase the number of events for families,and particularly for teenagers who often feel excluded from our community’s activities,” says Festival Director Helen Meller.

“Our job is to showcase the talent local young people have and we want families to come along to be amazed by some of the best entertainers in the country.”

There is also plenty of free family-orientated entertainment during the Street Sundae days on Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th, from 12pm til 4, where some of the UK's best street performers, including Uncle Tacko's Flea Circus, Stilted Elvis and the amazing Astronauts' Caravan will be putting on shows in the town centre

The festival's diary kicks off with the Handmade Parade on June 2,which includes virtually every child in town, and that afternoon the Uncanny Valley team are running a free animation workshop in the Town Hall suitable for budding Walt Disney’s aged seven and above.

A key element of the festival is bringing in the very best authors in the UK and on Wednesday 26 June best-selling children’s writer Cathryn Constable pops into Book Case on Market Street to read from her novel Wolf Princess.

That night the best local rappers will be descending on the Trades Club to take on walking soundsystem Reeps One who has won the UK Beatbox Championships twice. Locals will remember his show-stopping performance when Africa Express dropped into town during their national tour.

The week’s events culminate in a free Gamesfest event in the Town Hall on Saturday 29 June where children of all ages can play with giant board games or explore their artistic side on the craft tables. Later that day budding performance poets can pick up some tips from critically acclaimed performer Rosie Garland at a free workshop in the Birchcliffe Centre,

For details of all events and how to book go to the Festival website or pop into the festival box office in the foyer of the Town hall.

Previously, the Festival on the HebWeb

  • HebWeb News: Visual Artists wanted for miniature instant portrait studio (24 May 2013)
  • HebWeb News: John Cooper Clarke, Tracey Thorn and June Tabor headline Hebden Bridge Arts Festival (19 May 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Chris Mullins to talk about Margaret Thatcher (13 May 2013)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival programme launch details (7 May 2013)
  • 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 2012 is over (12 July)

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