Brighouse Arts Festival is back - and the town's world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band features in the line-up

Brighouse showcase of top talent

A band that is Brighouse ‘through and through’ will perform at this year’s Brighouse Arts Festival.

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will boost the line-up for the festival, which runs from September 15-20.

The Festival has become an annual tradition in the town since it launched in 2012 - organisers bring together some top names along with the best local talent.

Tom Ratcliffe, one of the organisers, said: “This year we are fortunate to have Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band performing in the Festival fresh from there recent championship success in Bradford.

“They are truly Brighouse through and through emphasising our aim to keep things as local as we can.”

Marsden-based Mikron Theatre, a well-established northern theatre group, also feature and will be doing a performance of their production ‘Troupers’ at Brighouse Civic Hall, which fits in with the theme of commemorating WWI.

Tom added: “This will be augmented by poetry Wednesday which is becoming something of a tradition, where Talking Zebras will make their second visit to the festival.

“We have performances by the Wilkinson-Jackson Jazz duo, a voice recital by Jenny Stafford and Alistair Ollerenshaw both with local connections, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, including a music workshop at Martin Street offering some insight into drum and bass and recording techniques.

“There is something here for everyone including and activity day at ROKT for those who want to climb or abseil.”

The organising team is looking for sponsorships, with support already from Thornhill Estates, Boxford of Elland, Sainsburys and Wilkinsons. Tom added: “If you would like to be involved or can offer sponsorship or services in kind then we are always pleased to hear from you.

“In addition we have been nominated for the Lloyds TSB Community Award which will be put to a public vote in September which we hope will be supported by Brighouse people.”

For more details visit <a href = 'www.brighousefestival.co.uk'>www.brighousefestival.co.uk</a>.

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