Halifax Festival

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  • July 19, 2011

Despite the damp weather, the crowds turned out for a full
day of fun, featuring performers and artists from all over Calderdale and West
Yorkshire, at the final day of the 2011 Halifax Festival at the Piece Hall on Sunday. Funded  by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the Calderdale Cultures Day offered a range of activities throughout the day to attract all
age groups and community members and proved a fitting family ending to 9 days’
of varied events covering art, music, dance, theatre, performance, literature and much more.

The day started with a performance of spiritual dance from Halifax-based Annapurna Indian Dance Company, and there was reminiscence from the Daddies Girls. There was face-painting, Indian Food and the ChromaVan. Farmer Giles dispensed wry humour, whilst Mind the Gap Theatre’s chickens ran amok with a Giant Hippo from Thingamajig Theatre!

You could try your hand at workshops ranging from circus skills with Creative International Adventures, to 3D-modelling, from junk jewellery to pod-casting, Noisy Toys, and DJ ing. This year incorporated the first Youth Arts Festival, hosted by the Outta Place group – bringing together young people through the use of digital technologies. In the week leading up there had been workshops in music mash-ups, dance, video-mixing, DJing and junk fashion.

On the day there were further workshops including pod-casting, junk jewellery and break-dance – culminating in a Euro dance-off where visitors could watch first hand on the big screen a hip-hop and break-dance battle between local dancers and dancers in Dubrovnik via a live video link-up.

All in all, plenty to brighten damp spirits!

By Diane Richardson

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