It’s a lively arts week, from readings to Brazilian beats

Crime writer Val McDermid - photograph by Mimsy Moller''Val is appearing at the 2011 Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Crime writer Val McDermid - photograph by Mimsy Moller''Val is appearing at the 2011 Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

AFTER getting off to a “yarnstorming” start, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival continues with its vibrant programme of music, drama and literature.

Brazilian singer-songwriter Monica Vasconcelos will take to the Trades Club stage tonight with exuberant dance beats from her latest album ‘Vintage Brasil’.

The weekend programme kicks off when author Alan Bissett performs his one-woman show ‘The Moira Monologues’ at the Little Theatre on Friday (July 1). Moira is the hardest woman in Falkirk and the audience will be treated to an evening in her company, which means hearing her views on snobbery, dogs, and randy teachers! The show is currently in development by the BBC, so this is a rare opportunity to catch the stage version.

Saturday night (July 2) sees the Cabaret Heaven team join forces with the festival to present ‘Heaven 18 Festival Cabaret.’ Audiences are promised a fabulous ‘coming of age’ night of comedy and variety and are encouraged to dress as they did at 18.

Literature fans have a treat in store with readings from Melvin Burgess and Michael Stewart (tonight, aj’s Restaurant) and Monique Roffey, author of ‘The White Woman on the Green Bicycle’ reading at Nelsons Wine Bar on Sunday (July 3).

Monique’s latest book, a memoir about a dramatic break-up and subsequent sexual odyssey has both inspired and provoked, so this is guaranteed to be an interesting evening.

On Monday July 4, crime writer Val McDermid will appear at the Little Theatre. Val has written over 20 novels, including ‘Wire in the Blood’ which was adapted for ITV. Join her for readings, discussion and book signing at 7.30pm.

The middle weekend has plenty for families too. Multi Story Theatre Company will perform their adaptation of the Norwegian fairytale, ‘Twelve Wild Ducks’ at the Little Theatre on Saturday July 2 and later in the afternoon football author Tom Palmer will present his Fabulous Football Reading Game at Central Street Infant School. Expect a penalty shootout!

Outdoors, there’s an afternoon of music and dancing on Saturday, with iMove on the Street, featuring The Demon Barbers, DankDance and community dance groups. iMove is part of Yorkshire’s cultural programme for London 2012 and the fun starts at noon.

On Sunday, you can join performer Mike Hancock and guests in St George’s Square for an afternoon of fun and frolics. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face whatever the weather.