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In light of social distancing measures and thanks to additional funding from Arts Council England Emergency fund, Holmfirth Arts Festival is going online in September.

The online festival will be hosted by writer/broadcaster/comedian Nick Ahad and will broadcast live from Bikeshed TV in Clayton West.  It will comprise a series of three 30-40 minute magazine programmes and will include all the acts and projects in our programme. We aim to provide amazing entertainment that you can enjoy with friends and family from the comfort of your sofa.

As can be expected from Holmfirth Arts Festival, it’s an amazing programme.  We have award winning comedian Kieran Hodgson, originally from  Holmfirth,  new cello music from Slow Cooked Louie, written especially for this year's Festival based on a JG Ballard’s environmental novel, The Drowned World. Spectacular outdoor shows - Urban Astronaut, The Whale and Kit and Caboodle from Thingumajig Theatre will also be featured.  Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers will bring the on line festival to a celebratory close with an eclectic mix of songs that I hope you’ll sing along to.

In addition to the online Festival, look out for some installations that you can enjoy outdoors and in the landscape in a socially distanced way.  Dragon Willow is creating and installing some living willow sculptures in Sands Recreation Grounds, local environmental charity fairnfunky are creating a Recycled Forest in shop windows made from recycled paper and we intend to install sculptures from award winning sculptors at The Sculpture Lounge into Holmside Garden. 

I do hope you’ll join us on 18th-20th September and, in the meantime please follow us on social media and our website. Also, should you have the means to do so, please contribute to keeping our Festival alive by donating on line here. 

2020 Programme so far - keep checking back here for more shows

Holmfirth Arts Festival is nestled in the Holme Valley, surrounded by the glorious Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire. This year (due to Covid-19)  we are going online to celebrate our unique area by inviting the best local, national and international artists to respond to the theme of the environment, in all its diversity. 

Our Festival encourages local people and visitors to get creative and explore Holmfirth's unique landscapes with installations that you can safely enjoy in the landscape and a cracking online programme that will stream (times tba) over the three days 18-20 September

You are in for a treat - concerts, theatre, workshops, walks, exhibitions, installations, street theatre and a virtual and  fantastic Protect our Planet recycled textile parade in partnership with WOVEN in Kirklees will fill your screens with a carnival of colour and music.

Highlights include award winning comedian Kieran Hodgson, new cello music written especially for this year's Festival from Slow Cooked Louie and Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers will play us out at with a singalong tune! 


If you already know Holmfirth and the Valley, the Festival is an opportunity to see it a little differently.

If you’ve not yet discovered this beautiful part of Yorkshire then September is the perfect time to join us on line.

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