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It’s that slightly crazy time of year again – just over three weeks to go before the Festival kicks off and lots of last minute plotting and planning going on. Thankfully we have an army of fabulous supporters who are busy delivering our Festival brochure and posters to local shops, cafes, libraries and restaurants...

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Local artists scoop festival sculpture trail prizes

Claire Louise Mather


A local artist and city centre arts organisation scooped the prizes in the 2016 Art in the Woods sculpture trail competition.

Artist Claire Louise Mather, from Saddleworth, won the Individual Artist prize with her installation called ‘I Stand Alone‘, a tree whose trunk was made of books with textile branches...

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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. ..

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A glimpse at the 2016 Creature Carnival | #HAFest2016

Creature Carnival


Whether you were spectating or participating, those of you who attended the 2016 Creature Carnival  will have been whisked away by the festival of music and noise that swept through the streets of Holmfirth.

It was a truly fantastic event, with a wide range of participants across all age groups and backgrounds...

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Get involved! | Family Fun & Participation at #HAFest2016



This year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival from has a treasure trove of participatory and family events just waiting to be explored.

The opening Saturday (18 June) will get everyone in the mood with a vibrant Creature Carnival through the streets of Holmfirth at 3pm, and local people are being encouraged to get involved...

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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...

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Barry Russell ‘A Cage Circus’ | Dates & info

Barry Russell

Inspired by renowned American composer John Cage‘s idea of a music circus, Holmfirth New Music present this brand new work – directed by Holmfirth composer Barry Russell. Barry will be working with participants as part of the festival in order to create the Holmfirth Circus...

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Share your favourite festival memories ahead of #HAFest2016!


At long last, we finally appear to be enjoying the summer season! And whether we’re enjoying Art In The Woods in the Holme Valley or packing our wellies for Glastonbury, the summer season is synonymous with festivals for most creative folk nowadays.

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ON SALE | The full #HAFest2016 programme is now online!



The full #HAFest2016 programme is now announced and on sale! We’re absolutely delighted to present the brochure for this year’s festival, with a plethora of events for all to enjoy.

Following the fantastic string of shows that we announced last week, we’re now presenting the full range of performances, exhibition launches, workshops and events which will take place in Holmfirth this June...

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ON SALE | The first string of #HAFest2016 shows!



The first string of shows at #HAFest2016 are now on sale! We’re thrilled to present these to you ahead of next week‘s full brochure launch, and hope you’re as excited about them as we are.

We have a whole host of critically acclaimed and internationally renowned shows coming to Holmfirth this summer.

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