Today at the Halifax Festival: Wednesday, July 10

The Bevvy Sisters - tonight at Square Chapel
The Bevvy Sisters - tonight at Square Chapel

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 - Wednesday July 10:

Clown Workshops for schools with actor Stephen Finegold at Square Chapel, 10.15am to 11.30am - £2 per pupil (max.30 per workshop)

Find the clown in you! This workshop will explore the joy and tragedy of the clown using simple techniques. Sad or funny – what kind of clown will you be? Have fun finding out with professional actor, Stephen Finegold.

Early booking recommended to avoid disappointment. Suitable for Year 5 +. Running time:1hr 15mins.

Some Royal Links with Halifax Parish with David Glover at Square Chapel, 2pm - £5 & £3 concessions

In this illustrated and colourful lecture, David Glover will describe some of Halifax’s connections with Royalty; Plantagenet times down to the early 20th Century. Many of these links are almost unknown. Which Vicar was present at the christening of Mary Tudor? Which Southowram–born man had six royal princes walk in his funeral procession? Which Queen wept at the death of a Sowerby native? Come along and find out!

Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde by Calderdale Music Service at Halifax Minster, 7pm - £5 & £3 concessions

Calderdale Music Service, in collaboration with Halifax Minster, is presenting ‘Noye’s Fludde’ to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. The opera recounts the biblical story of Noah, the flood and the building of the ark. The cast includes a children’s chorus and orchestra drawn from Music Service ensembles, local primary and secondary schools. Also taking part are professional musicians and there will be an opportunity for the audience to join in with three hymns. Local community musician Sam Dunkley will conduct the performance.

Minster in the Middle with Calderdale Heritage Walks - meet by the top gates into Halifax Minster’s churchyard (near the stocks), 7.15pm - £3 (no pre-booking, just turn up)

A walk through history in the area around Halifax Minster discussing buildings, past and present, plus events and activities there over many centuries. With Anne Kirker.

The Bevvy Sisters at Square Chapel, 7.30pm - £10 & £8 concessions

With radiant triple-layered voices and a wide-ranging repertoire, The Bevvy Sisters perform contemporary, vintage and original songs.

Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour and heartbreak and hilarity, they stamp their identity on everything from country to jazz and gospel to indiepop.

Intimacy of the Blues - Jamie Taylor & Russell Henderson play the music of Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington at Guitar Zone Café, 8pm - £6 & £4 concessions

Jamie and Russell, who first worked together in the nationally acclaimed Jamil Sheriff Big Band, now come together in an intimate duo setting of guitar and saxophone. A shared appreciation of the music of Strayhorn and Ellington has resulted in this repertoire including timeless classics such as ‘Lush Life’, lesser known selections and original pieces inspired by the work of these masters.

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.