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  • Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Early Bird discount | Two weeks remain!

Family Atlantica

Make the most of ‘Early Bird’ discounts for a range of events at this year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival before its too late! Only two weeks remain…

Book by Tuesday 31 May to get £2 off tickets for concerts including Family Atlantica and O Duo, and well-known writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan‘s song-cycle about Fenella the Holmfirth tiger, delivered with Ian’s usual Yorkshire humour, and the support of professional and community musicians.

Family Atlantica‘s musical melting pot of Afro-Latin grooves hits kicks off the festival on Friday 17 June. This acclaimed band is renowned for its mix of Cuban rumba, Venezuelan tambor, Ghanaian highlife and Ethiopian blues; bringing together a group of heavyweight musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Multi-instrumentalist and veteran of The Heliocentrics, Jack Yglesias, is joined by his Venezuelan wife Luzmira Zerpa: who has “magical vocals” according to Manu Chao. Get ready to dance!

The story of Fenella the Holmfirth tiger is brought to life by ‘Bard of Barnsley’, Ian McMillan on Wednesday 22 June with the help of musician Luke Carver Goss. Ian and Luke will present their ‘Tiger Tales‘ song-cycle accompanied by community musicians and singers led by Simon Wood and several times winner of Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband. Join them for a night of songs which gently unravels the incredible tales of Fenella.




The festival goes out with a bang on Sunday 26 June with a welcome return to Holmfirth from percussionists O Duo, whizzing around the stage as you’ve never seen before.  Musicians Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell play marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, African and Brazilian drums and a multitude of handheld percussion, to showcase a range of musical styles from Bach to Phillip Glass and Chopin. O Duo have performed across the world. Highlights include appearing twice at the BBC Proms, at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park and most recently to give the première of Wilful Chants by Stephen Montague with the BBC Symphony Chorus, recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham and City of London Festivals.

Festival Director Fiona Goh said:

“There is still an opportunity to book before 31 May and take advantage of Early Bird discounts on all these events.
Last year several concerts and shows sold out so we are urging people to book in advance so they won’t be disappointed.”

Holmfirth Arts Festival is funded by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council, and receives support from Longley Farm and other local businesses and individuals.

To find out more pick up a Festival brochure, view our ‘What’s On’ page, and follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news. To book direct call 01484 223200.