A festival celebrating diverse arts will take place this weekend.

From December 4 to 6, Huddersfield will be bursting with live music, art and poetry by local creatives to mark the second ever Huddersfield Hat.

Thirty events from klezmer and acapella music to ceramic making have been planned in various venues around the town.

Organisers launched the festival last year as a fringe to the town’s Festival of Light and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to showcase local talent alongside that of international performers booked for the two big events.

And despite the Festival of Light being cancelled this year due to a Kirklees’ Council budget cut, they decided to bring it back due to its popularity.

Elise Rohde, founder theatre writer and director said: “We felt that we wanted an opportunity to showcase Huddersfield artists to people who came to the town to see the Festival of Light and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

“It went really well – people were walking from one event to the next with one of our programmes, which allowed them to see things they wouldn’t have normally seen.

“For this year, we just put out a message on social media to see if anyone would like to do it again and the artists and venues involved said yes.

“People have booked their own events then sent details to us which we have included in a print and online programme.

“There are so many creative and interesting people in Huddersfield and for them to be brought together on one weekend is really special.


“The other good thing is that many of the events are free, while the most expensive is around £4 meaning that it’s affordable for all.

“I really hope it’s an enjoyable weekend for everyone. We’d love this to happen again next year if artists and venues feel like they can take it on and make it their own thing”.

The festival will kick off on Friday, when 10 events will take place.

Klezmer group Klonk! at the Photography Studio in Bates Mill at 6pm and Stems at the Byram Arcade at 7pm, who will play alongside a string orchestra and visuals from the London School of Puppetry will be two of the acts to perform.

Amongst the 14 events on Saturday will be wreath making at the Packhorse Gallery from 10.30am to 3.30pm, carols by Gledholt Male Voice Choir in the Greenhead Park conservatory at 4pm and a charity gig by Spiralise at Bar 1:22 from 8pm.

And on Sunday an acapella singing workshop will go ahead at Hoot Creative Arts in Bates Mill and an open mic at the Sportsman Pub from 3 to 7pm amongst a total of six events.

To see the full line up, go to www.creativekirklees.com and search for Huddersfield Hat or find a physical guide in one of the participating venues.