It’s art for art’s sake at Holmfirth this summer.
Organisers of the annual Holmfirth Arts Festival have unveiled details of some of the attractions at this year’s event, which takes place from June 17 to 26.
The multi-arts event will present a fresh take on the town, its history and its communities through newly commissioned work, theatre, spoken word, comedy, music, community and participatory projects.
Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and musician Luke Carver Goss will perform a song cycle about Holmfirth’s famous tame tiger, Fenella, while Yorkshire Dance will be out on the streets. There’s also an opportunity to join a vibrant street party and “Creature Carnival” on Saturday, June 18.
This year’s collaboration with Yorkshire Festival includes a free programme of intriguing outdoor performances including Stefano di Renzo’s wordless balancing act, “Hold On” – complete with whirling buckets, catapulting planks and flying cups.
And Upswing’s performance “Red Shoes” blends circus techniques and dance to tell the story of two girls who get lost in a magical landscape and ultimately find rescue in each other’s strength.
2016 also sees the return of Holmfirth Arts Festival’s “Art in the Woods” sculpture trail and competition. The trail is made up of about 20 artworks by local artists and visitors are invited to vote for their favourites – with prize money of £400 to the winning artist .
As well as welcoming a host of talented artists from across the spectrum - from comedy to children’s theatre, jazz to cabaret, storytelling, classical music and poetry – organisers will be asking visitors to get involved in our walks, talks and workshops. An “Into the Woods” family art day will encourage artists big and small to celebrate the wonderful landscape of the valley, and there will be opportunities to make and create with Holmfirth commissioned artists during Festival workshops.
The festival brochure will be published in May, but art-lovers can visit the website or follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news.