Arts fes­ti­val goes on­line to avoid lock­down can­cel­la­tion

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HOLMFIRTH ARTS Fes­ti­val will take place vir­tu­ally this year af­ter the event had to be can­celled due to lock­down re­stric­tions.

The en­vi­ron­ment-themed fes­ti­val was due to take place this week­end, but will now hap­pen on­line on Septem­ber 18-20. Al­though ac­cess is free, or­gan­is­ers are run­ning a ‘pay as you feel’ scheme for at­ten­dees.

On each of the three days, there will be three short mag­a­zine-style pro­grammes. The line-up in­cludes award-win­ning co­me­dian Kieran Hodg­son and 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 will in­clude Ur­ban As­tro­naut and the Whale, a 50ft in­stal­la­tion, plus Kit and Ca­boo­dle, from Thingu­ma­jig The­atre, which tells pup­pet sto­ries from around the world.

Fund­ing from Arts Coun­cil Eng­land has en­abled fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers to hire me­dia ex­perts to cre­ate the vir­tual con­tent, and there will also be a host.

Lo­cal mu­si­cians and Holmfirth Writ­ers’ Group will also per­form and there will be other out­door art in­stal­la­tions that can en­joyed while en­sur­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing.


FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Fes­ti­val Direc­tor Bev Adams car­rys a gi­ant swal­low to sig­nal the start of the Holmfirth Arts Fes­ti­val and Ravji Vaya’s Ur­ban As­tro­naut in­stal­la­tion, seen in London

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