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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2009

Time has flown since the last Festival, and we have been busy preparing another performance-packed fortnight of art, music, drama, literature, and comedy. With the world celebrating 200 years since the birth of Darwin, we have programmed some special events under the heading Evolution, Revolution. These events are marked


and have been inspired by Darwin’s work and legacy. From Ruth Padel’s work about her great-great grandfather to Simon Armitage evolving into popstar; from Shakespeare with a twist to contemporary romantic heroines, we aim to illustrate how artists, performers and their work grow and change to create new genres, sometimes with surprising results! As always, we hope you find the performances entertaining and enlightening and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

The 2009 Festival has lots more in store. We see the return of the literary lunch, a Festival quiz, and previews of several Edinburgh shows. There is poetry, storytelling and antics from Richard DeDomenici. Music on offer ranges from jazz to jamming, folk to flamenco and hip hop to Haydn. Our area’s wealth of artistic talent is on display again with free exhibitions and open studios. Details are available in a separate brochure.

New for 2009 is a special Festival Ale, available exclusively at Moyles. It will be brewed by Little Valley Brewery and both the brewery and Moyles will donate 10p per pint to the Festival. Cheers to both businesses for their support! And don’t miss our first Pay What You Want event on July 3.

The Festival could not happen without the financial support of Arts Council England, Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale MBC and our sponsors Sweet & Maxwell. We are also grateful to Moyles, Hole in t’Wall, Croft Mill and the many other 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. We couldn’t do this without you – a big thank you to you all.

Have a good Festival!

Rebecca Yorke

On behalf of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Festival programme

Friday 26 June
Saturday 27 June
Sunday 28 June
Monday 29 June
Tuesday 30 June
Wednesday 1 July
Thursday 2 July
Friday 3 July
Saturday 4 July
Sunday 5 July
Monday 6 July
Tuesday 7 July
Wednesday 8 July
Thursday 9 July
Friday 10 July
Saturday 11 July
Sunday 12 July



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