Organisers of Halifax Festival are celebrating after receiving a £32,000 boost from the Arts Council.
It is the largest amount provided by the Arts Council since the town’s annual festival began - and more than matches Calderdale Council’s grant of £25,000 for the 2013 festival.
Sally Martin, of the festival’s board, said: “This £32,500 really sets us on our way.
“It will help to bring a really wide variety of events to Halifax and to ensure that there’s a great programme of events from the community presented as well.
“The ambition of the festival is really to bring Halifax to the attention of the world.” This year’s festival will be July 5 to July 14, showcasing international and national acts at various venues across the town as well as performers out and about on the streets.
Sally said the cash, together with the venues offering themselves for free or reduced rent, as well as Calderdale Council’s “wonderful” help and encouragement, they hope to offer more than in previous years to “bring Halifax to life”.