Press Release,
Tuesday, June 17, 2003


One often overlookad and very valuable aspect of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is the opportunity for children and families to move beyond the t.v. and video and to experience at first-hand live music and drama, and real works of art. And to encounter some big names in the process! Who can forget the enthusiastic and uninhibited response of hundreds of school children to hearing and meeting childrens' writer Jacqueline Wilson? This year the Festival offers Francesca Simon, author of the best-selling "Horrid Henry" children's book series, who will be at Central Street School and then the Little Theatre next Friday and Saturday 27th and 28th June, where, amongst other things, the creator of everyone's favourite awful child will offer a sneak preview of her new book "Horrid Henry's Underpants".

Or what about Poppets Puppets? This company of puppeteers are presenting three shows at the Little Theatre on next Tuesday 24th June. Younger children and their parents are invited to "Tall Tales and Nursery Rhymes", a captivating show telling a host of fairy stories, which is being performed at 10.30 and again at 1.45 (lasts about 45 minutes). Older children (and their parents who are up to it) can find strange goings-on at dead of night, shipwrecks and spine-chilling spectacle as Dracula wreaks his havoc at 7.30 (to about 8.30)

Other family centred arts events start with the grand opening on the Marina this Saturday 21st at 1.30 (30 piece band, juggling, fire-eating), and continue through the Festival fortnight, with Briar Rose,  a puppet Sleeping Beauty at the Steiner Centre Machpelah Works (Sunday 22nd at 2.15 and again at 3.15), Storytelling, workshops and vision works on the theme of Ra the Sun God at Nutclough Tavern next Sunday 29th June,  a drama workshop for schools(Year 5/6) on Monday afternoon 30th June, and   a Summer Fair with  artistic and craft events for children, puppetry, musicmaking an storytelling, at Canalside Gallery, Machpelah Works on the final Saturday afternoon of the Festival, July 5th .

Full details of all these and much, much more in the Festival Programme, or ring the box office on 01422 842684.

HB Arts Festival