Hebden Bridge Arts Festival



May 25, 2006

Children have their own programme of fun and games in this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – but just a fortnight since bookings opened, and some events are already selling out.

“The school performance of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! at the Little Theatre in Holme Street is sold out, says organiser Enid Stephenson, “but there is still chance for people to get tickets for the family performance on the 2nd of July.”

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The show, adapted from the prize-winning children's book by Mo Willems, is full of fun, laughter and excitement, features original music and lots of audience participation. The friendly bus driver has one simple instruction: 'Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!' But the Pigeon is a clever bird and whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way.

Other children’s events include a chance to meet author Nigel Gray at Hebden Bridge Library on July 3. Nigel Gray will read a story or two and talk about his amazing life. He has published more than 60 books, including I'll Take You to Mrs Cole and A Balloon for Grandpa.

On July 9 the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Machpelah Works on Burnley Road will be the venue for Rumpelstiltskin, the Brothers Grimm fairy tale told through puppetry, words and music.

And on July 1 and 8, there will be free drop-in art workshops at the Holme Street Arts Centre. Dream Flags will be a chance for people of all ages to make flags that illustrate their hopes, prayers and dreams.

The festival opens from July 1 with two days of street entertainment and runs until July 16.

Postal bookings opened this month for more than 80 events – ranging from pioneering plays to fascinating talks by people such as George Alagiah, and from independent film to rap and world music.

Programmes and booking forms are available from the festival office on Albert Street, Hebden Bridge or by calling 01422 842684. Details and regular news bulletins can also of course be found here at

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