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  • Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Thanks for supporting Holmfirth Arts Festival 2016! #HAFest2016



After ten spectacular days of shows, workshops, screenings, exhibitions and parades, Holmfirth Arts Festival 2016 is finally over! Director Fiona Gohlooks back at this year’s festival.

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.

We’d like your feedback, please – as last year, we have a short survey that we’re asking our audiences to complete.  It will take two minutes of your time, is only 10 questions and will really help us to evaluate this year’s festival and plan for next year’s.  Please click here to complete the survey – it closes on Monday 11 July. Thank you!

In the meantime, as ever, we continue to welcome your feedback, your comments, your suggestions and ideas – to – and we hope you enjoy the photos from this year’s event. Here’s to 2017!




Click on either of the collages above to view Phil Hack’s images on our Flickr page. You can also find them over on Facebook! Please be sure to credit Phil if you want to share them anywhere. And feel free to share your own images on social media using #HAFest2016!