Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival such a success – we had fantastic events, great audiences, superb artists and even some sunshine! We were overwhelmed by the positive support for our participatory events like the Sing, Eine Brise, our family workshops and our walks, and there was a massive response to Art in the Woods at Holme Styes. Comedian Russell Kane was full of praise for the Holmfirth audience: “Thank you Holmfirth – the best gig I’ve done in ages! I’d come back in a heartbeat.” We brought some incredible musicians to Holmfirth and jazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh had a mini-residency, creating unforgettable sights and sounds with Holmfirth-based visual artist Fabric Lenny in the transformed space next to the Co-op on the River Holme, then taking a packed audience in the Civic Hall on a journey through South Asia via Bolton!
Virtuoso cellist Matthew Barley was another Holmfirth convert: “Wonderful church, wonderful public, wonderful festival. Thank you!” and there was lots of audience feedback on his TED talk on the harmonic series, which he has now given at the Houses of Parliament: Click here to watch – compare it to what he said in Holy Trinity Church! There were so many highlights in the 11 days but the star of the Festival, as ever, was Holmfirth itself and its magnificent audiences – we got to see Holmfirth through many lenses, including the wonderful exhibition of Harry Bray’s 1944 flood photography, a re-imagining of the woods around Holme Styes, and fresh takes on the River Holme by John Holt and Fabric Lenny which simply transformed our relationship with the town’s waterways.
Thank you for joining us – we’ve had some great feedback through our audience questionnaires, but are always happy to have additional comments, suggestions or input through the contact form on the website. In the meantime, if you’d like a reminder of what we experienced this year, please see our short Festival film and put the 2015 Festival dates in your diary: 11 – 21 June!