Holmfirth Arts Festival 2024: Embracing the Theme of FLOW

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Holmfirth Arts Festival is back for 2024, promising an exhilarating lineup of events that will run from June to September across the Holme Valley.

This year’s theme, FLOW, draws inspiration from the River Holme and the surrounding landscape, celebrating the dynamic interplay between the environment, the community, and the artists. The festival aims to provide a diverse, inclusive, and accessible cultural experience for all attendees.

A Festival with a Mission

Holmfirth Arts Festival envisions a vibrant creative future for the Holme Valley by producing engaging and life-enhancing events inspired by the local landscape. Located in the picturesque Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire, the festival is committed to:

  • Commissioning new works and supporting diverse artists.
  • Inspiring community engagement with the arts and local heritage.
  • Promoting environmental sustainability.
  • Fostering connections on local, regional, and international levels.

The festival boasts an extensive community engagement program, including a main festival weekend in June, followed by a series of events throughout the summer in various rural and outdoor venues.

Kickoff: Accessible Activities Amble

The festival will begin on June 12 with the Accessible Activities Amble, specifically designed for people with disabilities and their personal assistants. This event sets the tone for the festival’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.

The Big Weekend: A Spectacular Start

The centerpiece of the festival, the Big Weekend, takes place on June 15 and 16. This vibrant weekend features a variety of activities and entertainment suitable for families and individuals of all ages. Highlights include:

  • Workshops and Exhibitions: Engage in hands-on activities and explore thought-provoking exhibitions.
  • Dear Sunflowers Parade: Join this colorful and joyful community parade.
  • Live Music and Performances: Enjoy world-class performances from groups like Circus Raj, Mind the Gap, and Rogue Play.

Throughout the weekend, there will be opportunities for the community to participate and immerse themselves in the festival’s offerings.

Ongoing Events: A Summer of Culture

Following the Big Weekend, a series of events will continue to enrich the cultural landscape of the Holme Valley until the end of September:

  • Let The River Run: On June 22, the New Mill Male Voice Choir will perform this evocative piece.
  • Dana Ali: The soul and blues diva will get audiences dancing on July 27.
  • Requiem for a Fading World: A brand new commission for chamber orchestra and choir, premiering on August 3.
  • Daria Golovchenko: The Ukrainian concert pianist will perform on August 17.
  • Big in Scotland: Comedian Kieran Hodgson will present his show on September 7, closing the festival with laughter.

Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusivity

Festival director Bev Adams highlights the importance of the FLOW theme, emphasizing the stunning Pennine landscape, the diversity of talent presented, and the extensive community engagement. The festival ensures accessibility with British Sign Language interpretation during the Big Weekend and a dedicated access liaison to assist with any requirements.

Support and Community Involvement

The success of the Holmfirth Arts Festival relies on the generous support of funders, including Arts Council England, Arts for Impact, Creative Minds, Holme Valley Parish Council, and One Community. Local businesses such as Longley Farm, Stotts Coach Travel, and Unity Yard, along with numerous volunteers and organizations, play a crucial role in making the festival a beloved event on the Yorkshire cultural calendar.

Holmfirth Arts Festival runs from June 12 to September 7, 2024. For the full lineup of events and more information, visit the Holmfirth Arts Festival website.

View full press release here.

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