Thousands enjoyed Halifax Festival

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A celebration of arts and culture was seen by thousands during the 10-day Halifax Festival.

Many of the attractions were outdoors and they benefited from a superb spell of weather.

Approximately 80 events were showcased in Halifax and covered a variety of artists and organisations.

They were helped by a team of 60 volunteers.

Festival assistant Lauren Day said feedback had been good and the festival - now in its fourth year - had brought fun into people’s lives.

The Dream Engine Heliosphere on the first Saturday evening at the Piece Hall was a highlight.

“That went down a storm and many people have been sending us photographs from that event,” said Lauren.

“And Calderdale Theatre School performed Private Peaceful at the Orange Box and tickets sold out over two nights.”

All Souls Church at Haley Hill was host to two 80-strong choirs where there was a fantastic sound system by IOU Theatre.

Entertainment was also found in unusual places such as Harveys Restaurant which welcomed piano and vocal duo Francesca & Tom.

Lloyds Bank, Trinity Road, Halifax Borough Market and Boot’s also featured.

And, a seven-strong choir sang from the top diving board at Halifax Baths.

“We have tried to have an element of pop-up art and more people involved and it has been lovely,” said Lauren.

“I really hope the festival has brought something unexpected to people and encouraged them to get involved.”

The final event last Sunday night was Ruddigore performed by Halifax Young Singers at Square Chapel.