Knitted graffiti needed for the start of Halifax Festival!

Not a spray can in sight: examples of the wacky graffiti that will be draped all over town for the festival
Not a spray can in sight: examples of the wacky graffiti that will be draped all over town for the festival
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The countdown has begun to the second Halifax Festival.

In all, 62 shows, performances and workshops will take place over the 9-day programme, which begins on July 9.

The festival will kick off in spectacular style with a special screening of Brassed Off in the Piece Hall.

Before that a series of graffiti sessions will take place to prepare Halifax for the big events.

But there will be no spray cans in sight.

Instead, the graffiti will be knitted and exhibited in the Piece Hall and the Woolshops.

Knit and Natter sessions take place in the run up to the Festival over five separate dates in June and July at Square Chapel.

Festival coordinator Lucy Burnett said it was a great chance for the public to get involved in the Festival before it had even begun.

“We are looking for volunteers to create small or large pieces of colourful knitted, crocheted or plaited wool to brighten up Halifax town centre for the week of the festival.

Those who can’t knit don’t need to worry, as a group of expert volunteers will be on hand to show you how, and all ages and abilities are welcome.

The session on June 11 coincides with International Yarn Bombing Day, started by Canadian Joann Matvichuk.”

Lucy added: “Her hope is to improve urban landscapes by putting up pieces of graffiti knitting and crochet as a collective group.”

Sessions will run at the following times: June 11 from 1pm, June 13 from 4.30pm, June 25 from 11am, June 27 from 4.30pm, July 4, from 4.30pm.

Contact Lucy on lucy@halifaxfestival.co.uk for information.