Share your flood stories for arts project

Landlines and Watermarks
Landlines and Watermarks

People from the Calder Valley with personal stories from the devastating 2015 Boxing Day floods are being encouraged to tell their tales to the creative team behind a new arts programme.

Landlines and Watermarks is a creative project that tells the story of a valley and people shaped by water.

It will take place throughout the summer and culminate in a weekend of music, performance and celebration in late September.

The project is looking for more than 100 local people to take part as singers in the choir, musicians in the band, backstage crew, costume makers or community volunteers. There will be a drop-in workshop at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Tuesday, May 23 for anyone who wants to get involved.

Calderdale Council’s leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “The flooding in Calderdale was devastating for our towns, but it also brought our communities together in a show of resilience.

“Now, almost 18 months on, we want to proudly demonstrate how our towns have recovered, and show people across the country that Calderdale is well and truly open for business.

“As part of the Flood Fund, the council made a commitment to commission a series of cultural events throughout Calderdale in response to the flooding.

“The diverse events as part of Landlines and Watermarks will help to support our local communities and businesses and show how strong and vibrant our towns are.”

Personal stories, anecdotes and recollections from local people based in flood-hit towns will flow through the Landlines and Watermarks programme which will include three main elements: a community folk opera, six new creative commissions and a mass gathering at The Piece Hall in Halifax, which will re-open this summer.

The Hebden Bridge workshop will take place at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on May 23 at 6.30pm.

For more information, visit www.landlinesandwatermarks.org.