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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2010

Mundo Jazz
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

More news:
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.
More news

Book now!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.

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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Hilary Mantel: We regret to announce that Hilary Mantel has withdrawn from Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and all other forthcoming engagements due to ill health.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 shows.

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.

Hebden 5002010 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!
Rebecca Yorke

On behalf of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.



Festival programme

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


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