Huddersfield theatre and music-lovers need not travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, thanks to the return of Brighouse Arts Festival.

The glittering five-day event will return to the town from September 15 to 20 to bring a welcome extension to the summer’s packed festival calendar.

Described as ‘totally local’, it will showcase the talents of the best performers and creators around.

From drum and bass workshops and rock climbing to variety shows and laugh-a-minute theatre events, there will be something on offer for everyone.

This year Mikron Theatre Company will grace the festival’s boards for the first time, to perform their hit WW1 show, Troopers, one of several war centenary events that will be put on throughout the week.

The Well and Highly Strung Quartet will ease everyone into the week, which will be followed by acoustic music with Barry Smith,singing with the Accord Singers and a special performance by Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.

A taste of Italy will served up to all at Prego restaurant on Friday, whilst a drumming and bass guitar workshop will bring a party atmosphere to the festival on Saturday, where they will perform and record a short track together.

But that is not all that will be on the menu for the event, which will include dozens of activities and shows to get mouths watering.

Love Bread will host an artisan bread-making workshop, whilst a beer festival will be held on Friday.

And visitors of all ages will be encouraged to discover a new talent of their own by getting involved in several art sessions, including digital photography, florestry, knitting, creative writing and rug making.

Meanwhile, dozens of local and national art will be put on display in shops and galleries around the town, which will cover everything from Welsh watercolours to a celebration of the stitch.

Festival organiser, Tom Ratcliffe, who works in conjunction with Brighouse Business Initiative, said: : “This year we are fortunate to have Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band performing in the Festival fresh from there recent championship success in Bradford.

“They are truly Brighouse through and through emphasising our aim to keep things as local as we can.” “Each year we try to up the ante and get bigger names and venues for them to perform in.

“We hope as many people come as possible.

“Come and enjoy some of the great live music available during the festival week.

Tickets are available from Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods, Brighouse Library, online at or by phone on 01484 718324.