‘Sun’day’s set for Halifax Festival

Halifax Festival - The Birds
Halifax Festival - The Birds

As the Halifax Festival continues there’s all sorts of things going on to look forward to.

Today will see exotic birds at the Piece Hall, heritage walks that will no doubt benefit from this glorious weather, musical performances and more.

See below for a full agenda for today’s events.

Sunday 7 July:

The Birds at Piece Hall on Sunday 7 July 10.30am & 2.30pm

FREE - book places via Halifax Festival Box Office 01422 349422

A treasure hunt with a difference for ages 7+.

After a dramatic escape from poachers, a rare set of exotic birds prized for their plumage have made their home in the local habitat... but the male has been recaptured! To ensure their continued survival in the wild, our resident ornithologist needs your help to free the male from his elusive captors. Can you find him and free him before they dispatch him for good? ‘The Birds’ is a chase to rescue the male bird from his temporary prison, whilst learning about the plight of this highly endangered species along the way. For groups of up to five players aged 7+ (AT LEAST one adult per group).

Wear comfortable clothing (and be prepared for GOOD weather!).

Eucharist for Halifax Festival at Halifax Minster on Sunday 7 July 10.30am


Preacher: The Reverend ChrisWoods, National Worship Advisorand Secretary to The Liturgical Commission.

Minster to St. Mark’s by Calderdale Heritage Walks - meet by the entrance to Eureka! Car park on Sunday 7 July at 2.15pm

£3 (no pre-booking, just turn up)

Maybe this walk should be called ‘Churches, chocolates & chuff-chuffs’? The Hebble Valley below town is not picture postcard material, but it is very interesting, varied and has lots of history. With Iain Cameron.

Private Peaceful by Calderdale Theatre School at Orangebox young people’s centre on Sunday 7 July 3pm

£8 & £6 concessions, £3 for under 19s

Adapted by Simon Reade from the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from thebattlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of his family and his childhood. But the clock is ticking and every moment that Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to an event that will change his family’s life forever. The play will be performed in the new Orangebox young people’s centre by a cast aged 18-22 - the age of the majority of soldiers who died in the conflict.

Music to Delight with Clare Deniz & Hisayo Shimizu at Square Chapel on Sunday 7 July 3.30pm

£10 & £8 concessions, including tea & cake

Cellist Clare Deniz and pianist Hisayo Shimizu are one of the most dynamically captivating duos on the concert platform today. Their programme for this afternoon contains beautiful works by Schumann, Dvorak, and Chopin= alongside some evocative Spanish music by de Falla. Add a sprinkle of some well known favourites by Kreisler and Saint Saens and the scene is set for a delightful concert.

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Greatest Failure – Otway the Movie (including a Q & A with John Otway) at Square Chapel on Sunday 7 July 7.30pm

£9 & £7 concessions

In this movie, UK cult legend John Otway returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry. In the midst of Britain’s ‘70s punk revolution and after momentous TV appearances where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts. Too bad his next HIT was 25 years later. John Otway’s career is an educational, yet magical lesson in self-promoting... recruiting his fans for endless manipulative, over-the-top projects which secured him a top ten hit for his 50th birthday and a feature movie for his 60th. Failure has its rewards. It’s kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years and he’ll be giving a Q & A session after the film.

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


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


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)


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 - www.uk-artworks.co.uk

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


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


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


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


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.