THE clock is ticking down to the 2013 Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival and everyone can get involved.
Local schools from Crosland Moor to Marsden have been taking part in story-telling workshops.
The workshops entitled, On the Road to Manchester, are run by performers from Satellite Arts and Telling Tales funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation.
A showcase of this work will be featured during the festival week at the end of February. The main event is Saturday February 23.
Although lanterns are the backbone of the festival, fantastic street musicians accompany them on the procession.
Event co-ordinator Gill Bond said: “This year we are running Moonbeats, a great participatory programme of community music running in the weeks up to the festival.”
There are workshops in street percussion with Maggie O’Keefe; street brass for instrumentalists with Peadar Long; and street singing with Jenny Goodman.
The festival is about local people coming together, learning new skills and having fun.
The workshops are free to attend and all lead to making music for the Moonraking Finale on Saturday, February 23.
The street percussion band runs at The Basement, Slaithwaite, every Wednesday from January 30 (6.30pm-8pm).
Street singing is at the Watershed, Slaithwaite. An introduction session will be held on Sunday, February 3 (11am) followed by sessions every Thursday (7.30pm-9.30pm).
The street brass band will also have an introduction at the Watershed on February 3 at 1.30pm with sessions every Sunday from 1.30pm.
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