A GRASSROOTS arts festival for Huddersfield is being piloted next weekend at the Bates Mill complex and other venues in the town centre.
Featuring a number of diverse events – from an exhibition of 2,000 individually-designed ‘beer mats’ created by artists and members of the public to film showings, live music and art installations – the festival kicks off on Thursday, September 30, with the screening of a film by Animation Yorkshire in The Other Rooms, Queensgate.
Have-a-go artists will be able to make their mark at a Fresh Kids event on Friday evening in the Bates Mill Warehouse, Queen Street South. The five visual artists who make up Fresh Kids will be providing blank canvases for those who want to be creative. There will also be music and real ale from a Concept Bar, which is an art installation in its own right.
Saturday will see 12 hours of contemporary art shows, films, print demonstrations, food, live music and theatre, by experimental group Threadneedle Theatre, at the Warehouse, starting at noon.
Organised by the Huddersfield Creative Arts Network (HCAN), a group of individual artists and creative arts organisations, the festival is one of their first collaborative events.
Hugh Goulbourne, HCAN convener, says: “A lot of the events are interactive. We want people to come along and join in. This is a pilot event this year but we’re hoping it could grow into an arts festival for Huddersfield.”