Exciting line-up for festival

The Arbeau Dancers at the Sowerby Bridge Arts Festival.
The Arbeau Dancers at the Sowerby Bridge Arts Festival.
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The second Arts Festival in Sowerby Bridge starts on Saturday featuring a diverse range of exhibitions, performances and workshops.

The festival has been organised by artSBridge, a grassroots community arts organisation, and will include an arts trail, an arts market, poetry, film, philosophy, shadow puppetry, music theatre, local history, a literary quiz, storytelling and events for children.

The festivities begin on Saturday with MadAme Reynard’s Tail Consultancy, featuring songs, improvised theatre and general silliness at the Ryburn Gallery.

The same day will feature an under 18s acoustic showcase at St Paul’s Methodist church with various workshops.

On Sunday there will be a chance to take a deep lock walk on the Rochdale canal with local historian David Cant, music from Spoon Monkeys and puppetry, storytelling and art at The Works.

Highlights next week include two of the area’s most esteemed poets – Gaia Homes & Steve Nash – meeting for poetry tennis at the Jubilee Tea Rooms at 7.30pm on Monday, while on Tuesday at The Works there is a showcase of films by local film-makers.

Gaia Holmes is holding a creative writing session at Sowerby Bridge library from 1pm on Wednesday, while on the same day, singer Gabby Young will perform at the former Stirk Inn.

Thursday sees the prize givings for a range of children’s art, photography and poetry competitions, while Friday sees the Creepy Crawly Fun Morning for under 7s.

On Sunday, December 14, the canal walk and talk will run again, and you can also come to the Arts Market at Sowerby Bridge market.