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Parade logoHandmade Parade: workshops start this Saturday (17th May)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Get started on the Endangerous Adventure!
Fancy exploring the ice as a woolly mammoth, swimming the oceans as a sea turtle or swinging through the jungle as an orang-utan? If so, then get down to Handmade Parade open workshops which begin this Saturday (17th).

An Endangerous Expedition will be coming through Hebden Bridge on June 8, and Handmade Parade organisers are urging everyone to come early to the workshops to beat the last minute rush.

The theme for this year's Handmade Parade will be endangered and extinct animals in four environments: Polar, Ocean, Desert/Savannah and Jungle. Each section of the Endangerous Expedition will have a giant animal with a child explorer on it and the sections will draw on design and decorative motifs of cultures from those areas.

Expect to see giant turtles, amazing sea creatures, a polar bear and a sprinkling of creatures who no longer grace our planet but will be brought back to life on the day.

Last year more than a thousand people took part in the parade and organisers are urging those would who like to get involved to come along early to beat the crowds.

Workshops will run from 10-12pm and 2-4pm on Saturday and Sunday with further workshops on Tuesday and Thursday during half term next week from 4pm to 6pm and at the same days and times through to June 5, with extra workshops for teens and adults from 7-9pm on June 3 and 5.

Workshops will be held at Unit 5, Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge - entrance is by donation (suggestion £5 first visit, £1 every visit thereafter). All children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult at the workshops and during the parade.

And the international reputation of the Handmade Parade has again attracted guest artists from around the world.  Lending their skills to the parade will be mask-maker Susan Albertsen from Denmark, journalist and photographer Helge Jorgensen from Denmark and professional clown and theatre artist Alice Barte from Sweden.

Andrew Kim, Artistic Director of Handmade Parade, said: "After the tremendous input from our visiting artists from the US and Ireland last year, we are thrilled to keep extending our international family with artists and organisers from Denmark and Sweden joining our artistic team. Please say hello when you meet them at the workshop and show Susan, Alice and Helge a real Yorkshire welcome!" 

For more information go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk or anyone interested in volunteering can email Sue.


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Handmade Parade 2013: Photo © HebWeb

Previous coverage of the Handmade Parade on the HebWeb