Thank you, Holmfirth! What a fantastic 11 days. What did you think?
Well, it’s all over for another year. We hope you really enjoyed this year’s Festival and we’re now in the process of evaluating, thanking our fantastic team of volunteers, funders and supporters who make the Festival happen, and reflecting on everything we’ve seen and done during the last 11 days. Here’s some of our highlights:
- A fantastic gargoyle trail around town (and if you haven’t already seen it, don’t forget to watch Fabric Lenny’s amazing Gargoyle animation)
- The wondrous and eclectic happenings on the much loved Story Sofas, from declarations of love over the megaphone to dog serenading by Rory Motion, the ukelele flash mob event, fantastic poetry from Holmfirth Writers Group and A Firm of Poets, and great community spirit in raising the Holmfirth sofa out of the Holme. Huge thanks to fairandfunky for some inspiring and wonderful happenings throughout the Festival!
- Rory Motion solving crosswords in Emma’s and waxing lyrical about Mrs Donkersley’s chutney in the Nook
- Jason Singh and Fabric Lenny passionately telling workshop participants that they ‘are’ music and that everyone should draw more
- The perfect marriage of venue and content in the WANTED! Boggards installation at Th’Owd Towser – and huge thanks to artists Chloe Williams, Charlotte Watson and Victoria Garbutt, plus the 180 local schoolchildren who participated in this project, supported by Community Engagement Sponsor, Longley Farm
- Virtuosic and moving musicianship from a real range of artists, from the sublime Escher Quartet to Hotel Bristol and Eminence Brass, and not forgetting our visit to Eastern Europe on the last night with Rubber Duck Beatbox Orchestra!
- A real range of spoken word and comedy, from the hugely popular Paul Chowdhry to the superb poetry of Alison Lock, and the fantastic reception for Manchester-based Tales of Whatever
- Another fabulous Holmfirth walk, created and delivered by our wonderful Festival team, telling stories about the Holme Valley
- Great family events from Sarah Branson and Jamie Frost going Into the Woods, and storytelling and children’s theatre from Tell Tale Hearts and Blah Blah Blah
- Last but not least, a simply stunning night of fire and great community spirit in Victoria Park supported by Jazz North in Fire Sounds and Shadows – see the Festival’s Twitter feed for some wonderful photos from the event or Fabric Lenny’s great short film here: https://vimeo.com/131338659
We would love to hear what you thought of the Festival and have put together a very short, 10 question survey which will just take a minute or two of your time. It’s really helpful both to our funders and to our planning to hear from as many of you as possible, so your responses would be welcome – thanks! And if you don’t want to answer all the questions, please don’t worry – we would rather receive an incomplete survey than nothing at all. Here’s the link to the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3C8T2PZ
Thanks for supporting the Festival and see you in 2016!