Today at the Halifax Festival: Monday July 8

Buster Plays Buster at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough tonight at 8pm
Buster Plays Buster at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough tonight at 8pm
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As the warm weather continues today so do the festivities in Halifax.

Various events are taking place throughout the town as part of the ten-day spectacular Halifax Festival.

Here’s our guide to what’s on today - Monday July 8:

The Musicians of Bremmen by Sealegs Puppet Theatre at Square Chapel on Monday 8 July 10.30am & 1.30pm - £5

What happens to toys when no one loves them anymore? ‘Toy Story’ meets the Brothers Grimmin this enchanting, brand new show from this well-loved company, with lovely puppets, beautiful set and a great musical soundtrack. Suitable for ages 3 – 7 years.

Theatreland by Calderdale Heritage Walks - meet in the Victoria Theatre foyer on Monday 8 July 7.15pm - £3 (no pre-booking, just turn up)

A tour through much of the Victoria Theatre to see how it works and learn about its history. Followed by a short talk about other nearby 20th century theatres/cinemas. With David Nortcliffe. No dogs please.

Write to Record Festival Showcase at Square Chapel on Monday 8 July 7.30pm - £4 & £3 concessions

Join the talented bands and singersong writers from Square Chapel’s popular Write to Record programme as they showcase songs developed over the past year. Remember – you saw them here first!

Buster Plays Buster at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough on Monday 8 July 8pm - £10

‘Sherlock Jr.’ is one of the great Buster Keaton films even though it doesn’t have a soundtrack. Which is something that leading jazz drummer Buster Birch has now remedied. His specially scored, utterly melodic and genuinely witty musical accompaniment is played live by a quartet of superb musicians during this screening of ‘Sherlock Jr’. Forget ragtime: buried here are tunes from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Harold Arlen, Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter. Buster (Birch, that is) precedes the screening with a 45-minute discussion. Funny. Breathtaking. Delightful.

Events on throughout the Festival:

Long Division by IOU at All Souls Church on until Monday 8 July 11am - 6pm & then Friday 12 - Sunday 14 July 11am - 6pm - FREE

The first day of Halifax Festival 2013 begins with an incredible sound installation from local company IOU Theatre. Long Division has been created for one of Halifax’s most magnificent historical buildings, All Souls Church. As the clock chimes on the hour, there follows a sequence of 60 hushed, spoken exchanges, timed to the divisions of the clock. The whispering phrases gather in intensity second by second creating rhythmic speech patterns that send a wash of sound rippling around the walls.

All Souls Church is a Halifax landmark and one of the most beautiful buildings designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. A prolific architect whose work includes St. Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial, Scott thought this his best church, completed in1859.

The presentation of Long Division, as part of the Halifax Festival, will be a rare opportunity to visit All Souls.

What is Art? at Bankfield Museum on until Saturday 31 August 10am - 4pm - FREE

Drawing on the collections of Calderdale Museums, this exhibition explores our perceptions of art. From the prehistoric to post-modern, explore concepts and taste and consider the questions “Is it Art?” and “Do you like it?” There is also a unique opportunity to ‘vote out’ your least favourite work. For more information telephone 01422 352334.

Britain’s got Artists Top 50 at UK-Artworks on until Wednesday 31 July 10.30am - 3pm (10.30am - 8pm Fridays) - FREE

The prestigious national art competition, now in its second year, comes to new Halifax art gallery UK-Artworks at 29-31 Broad Street.

Check out this must-see exhibition of the top 50 artists, as voted for by the public, including the top three finalists, chosen by judges Alison Dunn, sculptor Sheila Gaffney and MP George Galloway in the judges’ live final event. The gallery is also host to many other cultural events throughout the year, please check website for details -

Calderdale Calligraphers - Hanging on Every Word at Halifax Minster on until Monday 16 September 10am - 4pm - FREE

Display of calligraphy created on fabrics and based around Pennine people and places, and situated in the nave of Halifax Minster.

Northern Division Exhibition of Contemporary Glass by Contemporary Glass Society in Unit 58, Piece Hall, on until Sunday 14 July 11am - 4pm -FREE

In its second year, this exhibition will celebrate the wealth of creative talent in the world of glass from across the North of England. The work will be presented by the artists themselves who will talk to you about techniques and inspirations that went into producing each piece. You will also have the opportunity to make a piece of your own fused glass. A full timetable of artists can be seen on the Halifax Festival website.

Giant Map of South Pennines by Angela Smyth at Halifax Central Library on until Sunday 14 July and available for viewing during library opening times - FREE

Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular, giant, ten foot map to encourage people to seek out the hidden treasures of the South Pennines.

The artwork, painted in the Halifax-born artist’s trademark quirky and humorous style, captures the character and charm of the area and took six months to complete in the artist’s Sowerby Bridgebased studio. Not a map in the traditional sense, it is Angela’s interpretation of the area and a reflection of the things she finds inspiring.

Simon Armitage, the Marsden-born poet, playwright and novelist, has contributed lines of poetry to the map from his Stanza Stones project – a set of poems inspired by the region’s language and landscape.

The South Pennines Map was commissioned by the Local Distinctiveness Project managed by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects.

Square Circle Exhibition in the Square Chapel Foyer until Wednesday 31 July, Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5pm and Sat 11am – 3pm and during events - FREE

A selection of work produced over the past year by the artists who attend Square Chapel’s Square Circle workshops - weaving, painting and calligraphy for the over 50s.