Hotfoot from Glastonbury where they regularly headline the ‘Blazing Saddles’ Stage, Mundo Jazz are the world’s only Comedy World-Music band, and preach peace, love and understanding with all the subtlety of a brick hitting butter. Superb musical and comic improvisers with ridiculously catchy songs, awful dancing and thunderously crass philosophising. Saturday, 10th July
Curtain down on Festival fortnight Selling more than 3000 tickets for over 50 events across 19 venues including a converted Routemaster bus, organisers are thrilled with the response to this year’s programme. Read more - 20 July
Open Gardens During the Open Gardens weekend on July 10 and 11 visitors will have access to more than 30 garden and allotment sites in Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd. Read more - updated, 8th July
500 voices - score and audio available of Daniel Bath's Cross the River.
New for 2010 is online booking. Tickets for most
events will be available online - just follow the links
from our website. Also new this year, is an under 26s
ticket price, available for many events. And look out
for Festivale! Brewed for us by the lovely people at
Little Valley Brewery, it will be available in pubs and
venues across the town during the Festival.
Rich Hall, Barbara Nice, John Lyons
Long Nose Puppets 11am and 3pm
Hebden Shorts, Friday and Saturday performances
Anna Chilvers Writing workshop
John Morrison Photographic Safari
Hilary Mantel: We regret to announce that Hilary Mantel has withdrawn from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and all other forthcoming engagements due to ill health. See news for more info
Festival time is here again and we’ve got lots lined up
for all you performance-hungry people out there! Music? Choose from classical, folk, bhangra, blues or
jazz. Literature? Take your pick from performance
poetry, history, humour or Booker-prize winning
fiction. And if theatre is what you want, we’ve got
the premieres of six new plays and two great family
And don’t forget the comedy, exhibitions,
open gardens and a brand new venue in the form of
a bus! We’re also proud to have our very own Artist
in Residence, Lucy May Schofield – if you meet her
with her sketch book, please be sure to give her a
warm Hebden welcome.
2010 is the packhorse bridge’s 500th anniversary year,
and to mark this we have programmed special events
which are marked with the HB500 logo:
These events will showcase work
rooted in Tudor times, or celebrate
artists and performers who have put down roots in
our town, a place that never fails to inspire and
nurture the creative spirit.
The Festival could not happen without the financial
support of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Hebden
Royd Town Council and our sponsors Sweet &
Maxwell. We’re also very grateful to our new
sponsors, Kala Gallery, to Calderdale Council and to
all those businesses who have offered support in
kind. And last but certainly not least, we’d like to
acknowledge the invaluable support of all our
volunteers. You’re too numerous to name
individually, but you know who you are - a big thank
you to you all!
Have a good Festival!
On behalf of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.