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  • Monday, July 25th, 2016

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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  • 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. ..

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  • Sunday, June 19th, 2016

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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  • 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...

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  • Monday, May 16th, 2016

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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  • Monday, May 9th, 2016

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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  • Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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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  • Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

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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  • Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Handmade Parade ‘Creature Carnival’ | Dates & info

Darren Fleming 2 blog

Following a very successful meeting at Hope Bank Works on Tuesday 12th, we now have plans firmly in place for this year’s Handmade Parade ‘Creature Carnival’, which takes place as part of this year’s Festival on Saturday 18 June!..

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  • Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Yorkshire Festival 2016 comes to Holmfirth | Trailer

On Thursday evening, every artistic soul in the region was delighted to see the launch of Yorkshire Festival 2016; and those of you in Holmfirth will be even happier to know that several of the events feature as part of #HAFest2016...

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