Today at the Halifax Festival: Thursday, July 11

Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure at Manor Heath Park
Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure at Manor Heath Park

The celebration of arts and culture that is the Halifax Festival continues today.

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

Here’s our guide to what’s on today - Thursday July 11:

Chicken Licken by DNA at Square Chapel, 10.30am & 1.30pm - £5

A fun re-telling of the classic tale of Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen – will they outwit the cunning Foxy Loxy? With beautiful puppets, shadow puppetry, slapstick comedy and… breadmaking! This is a perfect introduction to the magic of theatre for young children aged 3 – 6 years.

Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure by Heartbreak Productions at Manor Heath Park, 6.30pm - £10, family tickets for four £36

You are invited to Alice’s birthday tea party… Enter a dreamlike world full of games, colour, song and rhyme ruled by a crazy, croquet-playing Queen with very little heart and a very short temper! A captivating treat for all the family to enjoy where you will meet the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and a whole host of other quirky characters.

So, don’t be late, don’t lose your head, and watch out for a picnic stealing knave who wants your tarts… We recommend you come with family, friends, something to sit on and a mouthwatering picnic as the good weather looks set to continue!

Halifax Minster Choir & Halifax Minster Chamber Choir at All Souls Church, 7.30pm - FREE

The church of All Souls, though no longer in use, remains one of Gilbert Scott’s finest creations and one of the most beautiful buildings in Halifax. With its architecture and excellent acoustics it is also a fantastic venue for choral and chamber works. A varied programme of a cappella choral music. The programme includes anthems and motets from across the ages by composers including Purcell, Bairstow and Vierne; and a selection of English Madrigals and Lute Songs.

ENCORE! At Square Chapel on Thursday, 8pm - £11 & £9 concessions

A warm and passionate presentation of some of the best-loved songs of France.

Via voice, piano and accordion, Maggi Stratford and Daniel Bowater conjure up the atmosphere of the café-cabaret, exploring the fabulous world of French Chansons

Populaires...from Edith Piaf to Jacques Brel, Prévert, Moustaki and more. Songs with poetry for lyrics, and music which evokes a time and place and sometimes takes our breath away.

This promises to be a wonderfully evocative and moving evening’s entertainment.

Events on throughout the Festival

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.