Granny power at the heart of festival’s fun

Busy Lizzi meets the people down on the streets, part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Busy Lizzi meets the people down on the streets, part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

POSES and posies brought the sweet smell of success to the opening of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Saturday saw a superb day of dance on the imove stage, rigged up in Lees Yard, while gentle flower-lady Busy Lizzy, with a basket of sweet smelling blooms on her back, handed out flower seeds to passers by as part of the weekend’s street entertainment.

Crowds gathered to watch Belfast troupe Ponydance pirouetting with prams and shimmying up poles, So & So circus somersaulting and lindy hopping and Sheffield breakdancers Rationale spinning on their heads whilst Lindy Nsingo performed her moody autobiographical piece Self to a mesmerised crowd.

Inside the new Town Hall the WI were surprised by Jordan Massarella’s Visitors popping up unannounced and there were more surprises in store at the Trades Club when Ponydance popped up for an impromptu performance.

Families crowded into the studio at the Town Hall to watch Brighton performer Chris TT set the songs of AA Milne to music while a full house at the Octagonal Chapel, Heptonstall, saw ‘70s folk legend Julie Felix. The hilarious Granny Turismo sped into town on Sunday on their motorised shopping trolleys attracting a packed crowd in St George’s Square. Dance fans enjoyed a scratch night curated by DankDance in the brand new Waterfront Hall whilst Chris TT performed an acoustic set upstairs.

Hot tickets for the rest of the festival include contemporary drama, Razing Eddie, pre-Edinburgh; Miss Havisham in all her embittered glory; a feast of international poetry; Girls Allowed, an afternoon of singer/songwriters at Wainsgate Chapel, plus Kirsty Almeida. Tickets: box office or www.hbaf.co.uk