We did it! What a wonderful Festival we’ve had, and thanks to everyone who took part, came and watched, and helped make it the best Festival ever.
We had record numbers of people participating in the Festival, from the opening Creature Carnival parade to the wonderful Art in the Woods, a new community song cycle about Fenella the tiger and many other events in between. From the huge crowds who came out to celebrate our opening parade, Creature Carnival, to the many who enjoyed the ever-popular Art in the Woods sculpture trail in Holme Styes woods, participants in workshops on writing, outdoor art, photography, music, circus skills and craft, we’ve had the most participatory festival ever and we couldn’t have done it without you. In addition, Holmfirth has played host to a range of superb artists, including a triumphant and hilarious homecoming from Kieran Hodgson, sell-out events from the inimitable Mark Steel and superb Sacconi Quartet, fascinating and intimate encounters with Fenella the tiger through film, talks and photos, our new community song-cycle, Tiger Tales from Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss, with wonderful live drawing by Tony Husband, exhilarating dance and circus from Company Chameleon, Them Two Dance, Upswing and Stefano di Renzo, fabulous children’s theatre from Tutti Frutti and a hugely memorable closing night concert from O Duo; the Festival has had plenty to celebrate.