Experience the exotic, the unexpected, the wild and the extraordinary, with a distinctly circus theme…
We’re following in the footsteps of Holmfirth’s tame tiger, Fenella, with a newly commissioned song cycle from poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and musician Luke Carver Goss, plus a rare opportunity to see family photos of Fenella and hear about the tiger at home.
The party starts in earnest with a vibrant street parade and Creature Carnival on Saturday 18 June – and don’t worry if you haven’t made a costume, all are welcome to join our Pop-Up Samba band! Our collaboration with Yorkshire Festival also includes a free programme of intriguing outdoor performances in our Park Life weekend, including a wordless slack rope balancing act, Hold On, and the beauty of aerial circus in Upswing’s Show and Have a Go – with a chance for you to try your hand. Company Chameleon’s Of Man and Beast and Them Two Dance’s Random Acts of Kindness bring fearless and arresting dance to the streets – and their #RandomTandem… Keep your eyes peeled for online links to Kevin Boniface’s Recorded Delivery audio diaries and meet the poetic postman in person.
We invite you to play, by creating a circus of a different kind with Barry Russell’s John Cage-inspired Holmfirth Circus, to be performed on the final weekend, and to come into the woods to see the return of the popular Art in the Woods in beautiful Holme Styes, and vote for your favourite artwork.
Holmfirth’s own Edinburgh fringe winner Kieran Hodgson makes a triumphant return home with ‘Lance’, comedian Mark Steel asks you to help him find out who he is and there is top quality music from opening night party band Family Atlantica. We go out with a bang with percussionists O Duo so grab your drumsticks and follow the swallow to find us in June!