Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Sunday 9th July

Down, Up and Out: Ted Hughes's Early Years in Mytholmroyd

a walk led by John Billingsley - sold out

Meet 10.00am at foot of steps to Leeds-bound platform, Mytholmroyd Station

£5.50 (advance booking essential)

A walk that explores the early years of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in Mytholmroyd and its hinterland; with glimpses of the historical background of Mytholmroyd in the 1930s and relevant references to Hughes's writings relating to place, family and upbringing.

(Length 6 miles max; duration 4 hours approx. Steep climbs, muddy footpaths and moorland terrain included. Stout footwear and waterproof clothing recommended. Bring packed lunch. Unsuitable for children under 16 and dogs.)

Visit Palestine (15)

followed by a Q & A with film director Katie Barlow

Picture House, New Road, Hebden Bridge

11.30am (to 1.30pm approx)

£4 (£3)

What drives a young, well-education Westerner to volunteer as a "peace activist" in the Middle East? Caiomhe Butterly is one of a growing number of volunteers who risk their own safety to intervene in the long-running and bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine. With its harrowing frontline footage and intimate character portraits, this is surely one of the most powerful films to come out of Palestine in recent years.

"Raw, urgent movie-making"
(The Guardian);

"a wonderful film" John Pilger
Journeyman Pictures Ltd

Mal Webb

Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Workshop (Learn the techniques!) 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Performance 3.00pm (to 5.00pm approx)

Workshop only £7 (£5); Performance only £6 (£4); Combined ticket £10 (£8)

Mal Webb is a vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentist and song writer. He uses a world of songwriting styles and vocal techniques (from pygmy yodelling to vocal percussion). He plays guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, chromatic harmonica, a loop recording pedal called Derek and the audience...a lot.

Mal Webb Site


a puppet play

Rudolf Steiner Centre, Machpelah Works, Burnley Road, Hebden Bridge

2.30pm (to 3.00pm approx)
3.30pm (to 4.00pm approx)

A popular fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm told through puppetry, words and music.

Suitable for young and old alike.

Degrees of Light:
an evening of words and images

presented by Tony Buglass and Margi McAllister

Hebden Bridge Methodist Church, Bridge Lanes

6.30pm (to 7.30pm approx)

Donation towards Festival running costs

The images are from photographs by Tony Buglass, mostly looking at light, water and landscapes in the North of England and Scotland. The poetry is from a range of poets, including T. S. Eliot, Evangeline Paterson, Kenneth Steven, Wilfred William Gibson and others.

Electronica-Fest - cancelled

St Michael's Church Hall, Mytholmroyd

7.00pm (to 11.00pm)

£6 (£4)

After two previous highly successful Festival appearances, Electronica-Fest is returning with its own brand of live multi-media entertainment. An eclectic mix of electronic acts will provide a rich array of soundscapes, accompanied by a mesmerising synchronised moving backdrop, conjured up by our visual artists. An event to tantalise the senses; not just a gig but an installation in sound and vision that is guaranteed to intrigue.

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