Today at the Halifax Festival: Sunday, July 14

Ukele fun at the Uke Can Do It workshop
Ukele fun at the Uke Can Do It workshop

The celebration of arts and culture that is the Halifax Festival comes to an end today.

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

Here’s our guide to what’s on today, the final day of the festival:

Calderdale Industrial Museum Open Day at Calderdale Industrial Museum, 10am – 4pm - FREE

Come along for a fascinating insight into Halifax’s industrial past. Nestled between Square Chapel and Burger King, join the knowledgeable volunteers from Calderdale Industrial Museum Association who will bring this fascinating collection to life. Featuring exhibits from a range of industries, including spinning, weaving, carpet-making, toffeemaking, machinetool manufacture, all the family are welcome at this entertaining and enlightening Open Day.

By permission of Calderdale MBC, with volunteer support from Calderdale Industrial Museum Association.

Uke Can Do It Workshop at Piece Hall, 12pm - FREE, suggested donation £1

The Ukulele is the fastest selling instrument on the planet. This workshop is a fun, accessible and easy way to explore music and songwriting for participants of almost any age and ability. You’ll soon be thrashing and dancing along whilst performing with this cheeky little instrument.

RSPCA Furry Friends at Eureka!, 12pm - 3pm - Eureka! entrance prices apply

As part of their Furry Friends Week the RSPCA will be bringing their ‘friends’ to Eureka! This is an opportunity to learn more about small animals as pets, ask advice on your own pets or just to have a play with these fabulous furries. So bring the family to Eureka! And enjoy a fun afternoon.

For more information contact Lauren on 07538 114079 or laurenmoore@

Lister Lane Cemetery Open Day, 12.30pm – 3.30pm, tours at 1.15pm & 2.30pm - FREE

Come along and learn about Halifax’s fantastic 19th Century history, the early Building Society founders, the first publisher of a work by the Bronte siblings – and more! Lister Lane Cemetery is a littleknown green gem, the historic last resting-place of many of those who made Halifax great, from members of the famous Crossley family to noted Chartist Ben Rushton. Some of the memorials at Lister Lane tell of heroism, of accidents, and of events from Halifax to Afghanistan, from Canada to Africa, from Pakistan to China! The Friends of the Cemetery have recently obtained a grant for improvements.

The Colonel and His Village with Calderdale Heritage Walks - meet by the car showroom at the bottom of Range Lane, off Haley Hill (A647) at 2.15pm - £3 (no pre-booking, just turn up)

The story of Colonel Edward Akroyd, his business, his life, his house, the Church and his legacy. Includes a walk through the historic Akroydon village Conservation Area. With David Nortcliffe.

Ruddigore by Halifax Young Singers at Square Chapel, 5pm - £11 & £9 concessions

Halifax Young Singers encourages young people to enjoy singing and to develop their vocal skills. ‘Ruddigore’, or ‘The Witch’s Curse’, is Gilbert and Sullivan’s darkly comic operetta that follows the cursed Baronets of Ruddigore who must commit a crime a day or face a terrible fate. We are delighted that Halifax Young Singers will premiere their version of ‘Ruddigore’ at Halifax Festival ahead of its production as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton in August.

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.

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.