Arts festival is knitting together nicely

Actress Eileen O'Brien performing in Hebden Shorts, 2010 Arts Festival..
Actress Eileen O'Brien performing in Hebden Shorts, 2010 Arts Festival..

GET your knitting needles out and get ready to party!

This summer will see the 18th consecutive annual Arts Festival in Hebden Bridge and organisers are busy ensuring this year’s event is one to remember.

The festival is marking its 18th birthday with a strand of events celebrating ‘Coming of Age’ which will run alongside a high quality programme of music, literature, drama and comedy.

And although this year’s brochure is preparing for print, it’s not too late to get involved.

Inspired by the international trend of ‘yarnbombing’, knitters are being called upon to knit cupcakes to decorate the town in the run up to this year’s event.

Festival co-ordinator Rebecca Yorke said: “Traditional crafts are very much in vogue and people of all ages are picking up needles for a spot of knitting and nattering. Textiles are fundamental to the heritage of our area and we are very excited about having knitted art featuring in this year’s festival.”

Following on from the success of last year’s Routemaster Bus, the 2011 Festival will see the launch of a Fringe Festival, offering performance opportunities to both established and emerging artists.

The festival, which is supported by Hebden Royd Town Council, would also like to hear from retailers and business owners who may have ideas for themed window displays or festival-linked promotions.

An open evening will be held at the festival box office on Albert Street on Wednesday March 2 between 7.30pm and 9pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering, fundraising, performing in the Fringe or just finding out more is invited to drop in and say hello. Young people aged between 16 and 25 are particularly welcome.

The 2011 Festival will run from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 10 and more details are available at or email

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