Comedy festival for ha! ha! Halifax

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What do you get if you mix 10 days, one Yorkshire town, a huge dose of hilarity and over 50 events in 14 amazing venues? The inaugural Halifax Comedy Festival of course!

This major new festival for Halifax officially launches on Wednesday, July 15, building up to the main event over October half-term from October 23 to 31.

The festival is the brainchild of the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, which, along with amazing friends and partners, has been working hard over the last 12 months to create what will be one of the largest comedy festivals in the region, establishing Halifax as a ‘seriously funny’ place to be.

Major names such as Andy Hamilton, Alistair McGowan and Jasper Carrott have already been announced, with many more household names to follow. Plus there will be 12 shows coming directly from the Edinburgh Fringe, so if you missed them there, there’s the opportunity to see them at the Halifax Comedy Festival.

Shows will be taking place in the following venues, all across Halifax:

lThe Victoria Theatre

lThe Viaduct Theatre

l Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough

lThe Workshop

lSquare Chapel

lHalifax Minster

lHalifax Central Library

lArden Road Social Club (The Archway Project)

lThe Cedar Court Hotel at Ainley Top

lThe Shay Stadium

lThe Artworks – 1830 Gallery

lThe Wellington Rooms

lOrange Box Young People’s Centre

And if all that wasn’t enough there will also be the Festival’s very own Hidden Theatre, with more details to be announced soon.

Plus there will also be a Festival Comedy Café running from 1pm at the Victoria Theatre all week where you can meet friends before or after a show, plan and book your Festival day or just relax and soak up the Festival vibe.

You’ll also start seeing a few alpaca images springing up around the town. County Alpacas from Sowerby Bridge are supporting the event and will be out and about in Halifax during the Festival. Keep your eyes peeled for the comedy alpacalypse!

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:

“Halifax has an incredible selection of wonderful venues, both large and small. Each space is unique and will be perfectly placed for the type of comedy it’ll be hosting.”

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