Organisers of Holmfirth Arts Festival have celebrated after crowds flock to town to celebrate local valley talent.

Over 2,000 people visited the area during the 10-day celebrations last month which brought together jazz, comedy, art and brass bands with a difference.

The seventh event of its kind, it was organised by festival director, Fiona Goh, and a team of volunteers dedicated to championing the vibrant cultural scene of the area.

And this year contributors made the most of the build up to the Tour de France, which passed through the village after the final event, by organising a crowd-stopping mass cycle with bells and singing throughout the centre.

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Hackney Colliery Band and Russell Kane were amongst acts that brought down the house, whilst meet the author events and a fascinating photographic exhibition about the Holmfirth flood brought visitors from far and wide.

 

A free sculpture trail through the woods at Holme Styes and a mass communal sing in Victoria Park were also successful in encouraging everyone to explore the free wonders of the great outdoors.

Fiona said: “We are delighted with the way it went. We ordered sunshine and the weather delivered, enabling our audiences to enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including a crowd-stopping mass cycle with bells and singing around the centre of Holmfirth.”

The festival was funded by Arts Council England, Kirklees Council, Holme Valley Parish Council and local businesses and individuals.

Chair of the festival board, Kitty Wright, said: “I think it was a brilliant balance of events that celebrated Holmfirth and its people, whilst bringing in performers that we would otherwise never see locally.”

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