GET in the festival mood this weekend by heading for Marsden and making your own New Orleans parasol.
Tomorrow, Marsden Jazz Festival is running free drop-in workshops. Make yourself a parasol then stroll out with it on the following weekend in the festival’s traditional centre piece: the street parade.
Rachel Ellis, of Marsden-based creative arts company, Square Peg Arts, will provide materials and inspiration at Marsden Socialist Club, Manchester Road, Marsden, tomorrow from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.
Festival Coordinator, Taru Sinclair said: “The festival parade has been a real draw for the crowds and it's getting bigger and bigger.
“This year it's being led by the very funky New York Brass Band, and will also feature dozens of dancers from the Bernadette Heys School of Dance.
“We thought it would be great to brighten up the streets even more with parade followers carrying their decorated parasols.
“Audiences from last year might remember seeing the New York Brass Band, as they were real heroes, playing through the streets, despite the torrential rain and with big grins on their faces as if they didn't even notice the weather!"
At the festival itself there will also be Jazzimation workshops, where you can make your own jazz-inspired animations, a masterclass with Dennis Rollins and the Huddersfield University Big Band, a family hands-on music making session, open-mic poetry, and The (Jazz) Platter That Matters; a sort of personal Desert Island Discs.
The festival runs from October 12 – 24 and will host 80 events in 48 hours.
Details on www.marsdenjazzfestival.com or call 0845 519 4415