Curtain comes down on two weeks of art

Waites bakers with the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival cupcake
Waites bakers with the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival cupcake

THE curtain has come down on this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Organisers put on two weeks of diverse entertainment made up of 45 performances across the town.

Acts included Antarctic artist in residence Chris Dobrowolski, readings by Sarah Hall, Ruth Padel and Val McDermid, a weekend of piano concerts, gigs by Dennis Rollins, Martha Tilston and Monica Vasconcelos and a late-night DJ set from Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook.

Festival co-ordinator Rebecca Yorke said: “It’s been a great fortnight with plenty of high points, but not without its challenges.

“We overcame an early unsuccessful funding bid to the Arts Council but we’ve had to deal with the closure of two venues during the festival itself.

“The town rallied round and we are very grateful to the Albert, the Shoulder of Mutton and Nelsons Wine Bar who were really helpful in providing space at short notice.”

The festival was also celebrating its 18th year. “As well as celebrating all that art has to offer, bringing visitors to the area and contributing to the local economy, the Festival has enjoyed working with local businesses, schools and community groups to ensure as many people as possible are involved.”

She thanked everyone from sponsors, to shop owners and the team of 50 volunteers.

Businesses also gave their backing, with Little Valley Brewery making the Festivale – and Waites Confectioners selling pink festival buns.