Music, arts, poetry, comedy and more set to hit Brighouse

Ian McMillan is playing Brighouse Arts Festival
Ian McMillan is playing Brighouse Arts Festival

VENUES across Brighouse are gearing up to host a feast of entertainment for the first Brighouse Arts Festival.

Performers will be taking to stages across the town with music, comedy, art, literature, poetry , art and more from August 23.

Organisers, who are hoping this year’s will be the first of many festivals, have secured several high profile acts.

Tom Ratcliffe, from the festival committee, said: “As the start of the event draws closer we are getting more and more excited about what a great opportunity this is for Brighouse and the surrounding areas.”

The performers include the Ian Mcmillan Orchestra, who will be performing at Brighouse Central Methodist Chruch on Friday, August 24 at 7.30pm.

The Bard of Barnsley and English National Opera poet-in-reisdence will be leading a night of poems, music and comedy with an orchstra headed by composer Luke Carver Goss including stories of family, love and history.

Singer-song writer Roger Davies will be at St Martin’s Parish Church on Thursday, August 30 from 7.30pm.

The author of tunes including Brighouse on Saturday Night, Huddersfield Town, Peter Brook’s Paintings, The Ghost of Lily Fog and Percy Shaw will be accompanied by Hade Edge Band.

The festival will also see works by David Hockney brought to Brighouse.

Harrison Lord Gallery will be displaying a selection of his work from Dean Clough Mill’s permanent collection from August 18 until August 31.

As well as three original works by Hockney the exhibition will include Martin Cook’s intimate photgrpah’s of Lowry in his studio and work fron nationally renowned artists Toby Earnshaw and Derek Hyatt.

Work from northern artists such as Kevin Haynes, Neil McBride and Phil Lockwood will also be on show at the gallery as a prelude to the festival from Saturday.

Families will be invited to enjoy drawing workshops, music, face painting and more at a party at Rydings Park on Sunday, August 26 from 11am until 5pm while organisers are promising 200 jigsaws will be on display - from children’s puzzles and traditional scene to double-sided, murder mystery and 4D jigsaws - at St Martin’s Parish Church from Friday, August 24 to Monday, August 27 from 10am until 5pm Friday, Saturday and Monday, and noon until 5pm on Sunday.

Jazz trio Gogo Penguin will be playing at Brighouse Central Methodist Chruch on Monday, August 27 at 7.30pm, singers Aidan Edwards and Juliet Montgomery will perform at St John the Divine in Rastrick on Wednesday, August 29 at 7.30pm and classical singer Rachel Crisp will perform at A Night of Opera at Prego Restaurant on Friday, August 31 at 7.30pm.

A host of workshops will also be held including four with a Dr Who theme on Sunday, August 26 at Brighouse Library starting at 11.30am, and a print-makign workshop at Brighouse Salvation Army on Thursday, August 30 at 1pm.

For a full list of events and information of how to buy tickets visit or call 01484 718324.

Tickets can also be bought from Harrison Lord Gallery, Ryecorn Wholefoods, or Simply Flowers in Brighouse.

The organisers are asking anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the event to call 01484 718324.