Today at the Halifax Festival: Saturday, July 13

Handmade Parade at Woolshops Shopping Centre this afternoon
Handmade Parade at Woolshops Shopping Centre this afternoon

The celebration of arts and culture that is the Halifax Festival is now into its last few days.

Various have been taking place throughout the town as part of the ten-day spectacular.

Here’s our guide to what’s on today - Saturday July 13:

Northern Broadsides Theatrical Prop & Costume Sale at Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, from 9.30am - FREE

Buy yourself a bit of Broadsides! Halifax-based theatre company, Northern Broadsides, are having a bit of a clear out by holding a Theatrical Props and Costume sale to which everyone is welcome. Come along to the atmospheric underground surroundings of The Viaduct Theatre and feast your eyes on costumes, furniture, props and paraphernalia galore from over 20 years of award-winning theatre. Stores are full to the brim and Northern Broadsides need to make room for more… so here is your chance to pick up a piece of theatre memorabilia or a whole new wardrobe at a bargain price. This promises to be a sale

like no other. Come early to get the pick of the bunch.

Create a Cloche Hat Workshop - using traditional wet felting techniques with Val Hughes at Bankfield Museum, 10am-3pm - £15 & £13 concessions (18 places)

During this workshop, you will learnhow to wet felt and create a cloche hat using a simple resist method. No experience necessary, Val will teach you the basics of felt making and take you step by step. Equipment and materials will be provided; all you need to bring along is an old towel, some elbow grease and a touch of enthusiasm!

Dean Clough Studio Open Day on Saturday, 10.30am – 1pm - FREE

A chance to wander through some of Dean Clough’s less-frequented corridors and visit the complex’s 24 resident artists in their studios. Their work might be forbidding at times... but some of them are almost pleasant. No, really! Details:

Just a Bit of Paper by Libellule Theatre at Square Chapel on Saturday, 11.30am & 2.30pm - £7

An extraordinary visual and highly interactive theatre journey for 3-5 year olds and their families. Children are invited to let their thoughts unfold and ideas take flight as they fold, tear, scrumple, scrunch, scribble and imagine with Scribble and Scraps in their playground of paper. Children are given their own personal experience as they play, talk and interact with the performers, puppets and props, and are invited into the performance area. This highly interactive show means little hands are never bored and ever inquisitive minds are always kept busy as the young audience step into the crisp white world of paper!

Handmade Parade at Woolshops Shopping Centre, 12pm – 5pm - FREE

Come and make your own parade art with artists from the fabulous Handmade Parade.

Join their giant puppets and funky street band in parades through the Woolshops Shopping Centre! All ages welcome.

Junk Percussion & Music in Everyday Objects at Piece Hall, July 12pm - FREE but suggested donation £1

Music can be made from anything, including dustbins, broom handles, watering cans and frying pans! In this workshop, you will find out just how musical you are, by playing rhythms and creating a full piece of music from scratch, just by using items you’d find around the home, office, school or garden. Bring Your Own Junk – an old frying pan, a plant pot, a casserole dish or an ironing board, as long as it makes a noise, you’ll be making music on it in minutes!

Bedlam Arts Grand Opening at Somerset House, 7.30pm - £10 & £8 concessions

Come join us on the grand opening with original theatre, live music and comedy that will kickstart Bedlam Arts. First you will see the premiere of ‘Echo Ridge’ a gritty and powerful piece of new theatre, followed by live music and comedy. The night will then finish with talks from Only Projects and other workshop facilitators about what amazing workshops Bedlam have to offer plus much more. Come and have a drink and enjoy entertainment with raw talent at Bedlam! E-mail for more info and tickets or buy tickets from Halifax Festival Box Office on 01422 349422.

The Passion of Joan of Arc with Darius Battiwalla at Halifax Minster, 7.30pm - £10 & £8 concessions

Improvisation by Darius Battiwalla of The Royal Northern College of Music to the famous silent film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928). This film is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema especially for its production, direction and performances. The film summarises the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of the English. Darius Battiwalla has given organ recitals at cathedrals and concert halls and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has appeared as soloist with the Hallé and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a regular organist and pianist for the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. He gives regular chamber concerts and has played continuo with many UK orchestras.

Yanks (15) at Square Chapel, 7.30pm - £7 & £5 concessions

Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Wendy Morgan, Rachel Roberts, Tony Melody, Derek Thompson, Annie Ross “Over-paid, over-sexed and over ‘ere.” John Schlesinger and Colin Welland built an entire movie around that well-used wartime phrase. ‘Yanks’, the film that emerged, is a warm, funny, poignant and evocative portrait of life in austere Yorkshire when the moors and tiny towns are dominated by thousands of US troops in the run-up to D-Day.

Events on throughout the Festival

Long Division by IOU at All Souls Church until Sunday 14 July, 11am - 6pm - FREE

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.

Metamorphosis at Halifax Minster until Sunday 15 September 10am – 4pm - FREE

An exhibition of sculptures in limestone and marble by Rowena Beaty on view in the Halifax Minster Sanctuary.

What is Art? at Bankfield Museum on until Saturday 31 August, 10am - 4pm - FREE

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) - FREE

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 -

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

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 - FREE

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 - FREE

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 - FREE

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.