The fourth Halifax Festival is set to bring 10 days of theatre, dance, walks, talks, exhibitions and family shows to the town from Friday, July 5. The celebration of arts and culture will give people the chance to enjoy a picnic in the park while enjoying live theatre, be entertained in the street while out shopping, discover hidden facts about their home town and pop in to an exhibition on their lunch break. Highlights include an outdoor theatre production of ‘Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure’ at Manor Heath Park and the new sound installation ‘Long Division’ by IOU, which has been specially created for All Souls’ Church. On July 6 The Dream Engine Heliosphere (pictured) will bring an acrobatic, airborne spectacle to the skies over Halifax Piece Hall and Calderdale Music Service will celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with a performance of ‘Noah’s Fludde’ at Halifax Minster. Other festival venues include Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax Central Library, Dean Clough, and the Orangebox Young People’s Centre.
Events are on every day at Square Chapel, including eccentric songstress Gabby Young and Other Animals, surreal sketch show ‘The Land of Nod’, UK cult legend John Otway’s film ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure – Otway the Movie’, children’s theatre with ‘The Musicians of Bremmen’ and ‘Chicken Licken’ and classic films ‘The Dresser’ and ‘Yanks’. Halifax Festival runs from July 5 to 14 and box office information is available on 01422 349422. The box office is at Square Chapel, Halifax, and is open from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 11am to 3pm on Saturday.