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  1. For King and Country

    Halifax

    For King and Country

    1st Jan 2016

    Bankfield Museum’s exhibition commemorating the region's wartime contribution and experiences has been awarded the 2015 Public History Prize by the...
    Bankfield Museum’s exhibition commemorating the region's wartime contribution and experiences has been awarded the 2015 Public History Prize by the Royal Historical Society. The exhibition features over 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 60 local stories to explore local experiences during the First World War. From soldiers, sailors and nurses to those at home working in munitions, hospitals and fundraising. The exhibition runs until December 2018. In 2016 there will be new displays, talks and events to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, open from 11th June 2016.
  2. An A to Z of Maps

    Halifax

    An A to Z of Maps

    Starting 17th Jun 2017
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    17th June to 4th November Discover historic maps of the region and the world in our exploration of map making. From maps of the local area to th...
    17th June to 4th November Discover historic maps of the region and the world in our exploration of map making. From maps of the local area to the stars, featuring hand drawn, embroidered, 3D, and artistic maps from Calderdale Museums' Collections. Follow our A to Z of Maps trail and navigate your way around the Museum and Akroyden.
  3. Films at Square Chapel Centre

    Halifax

    Films at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts September - October

    Starting 1st Sep 2017
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    A Ghost Story [12A] Friday 1 – Wedne...

    A Ghost Story [12A] Friday 1 – Wednesday 6 September | 11am, 4pm, 5.45pm, 8.15pm | Tickets: £4 - £7 

    Final Portrait [15] Saturday 2 – Wednesday 6 September | 1.30pm, 5.45pm, 8.15pm | Tickets: £4 - £7 

    The Unknown Girl [15] Sunday 3 September | 7.15pm | Tickets: £4.50 (£3.50 concessions) 

    The Eagle Huntress [U] Sunday 24 September | 7.15pm | Tickets: £4.50 (£3.50 concessions) 

    London Symphony [PG] Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 September | 4pm & 5.45pm | Tickets: £4 -£7 

    Irreplaceable [12] Sunday 15 October | 7.15pm | £4.50 (£3.50 concessions) 

  4. Calderland

    Halifax

    Landlines & Watermarks Big Weekend featuring Calderland & The People's Fair

    Starting 2nd Sep 2017
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    2nd September to 14th October 11am  A season of free creative events to celebrate the history and relationship the people of Calderdale hav...

    2nd September to 14th October 11am  A season of free creative events to celebrate the history and relationship the people of Calderdale have with water and how it shaped the beautiful landscapes of the Calder Valley and the people who live there. A project by 509 Arts.

    Calderland: A People's Opera

    The Piece Hall Halifax, Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st 1 October 2017 7pm

    FREE but tickets need to be prebooked.

    Written by Mike Kenny (whose plays are performed all over the world including the Olivier Award-winning The Railway Children) and composed by Richard Taylor (winner of two UK Theatre Awards), CALDERLAND will be a musical odyssey around the valley’s history and its place-shaping relationship with water, featuring 150-member community choir, orchehstra, large-scale video projections and liove performance.

    The performance lasts 1½ hours including a 30 minute interval (estimated finish time 8.30pm). Book your free tickets from the Piece Hall Box Office.

    The People's Fair

    The Piece Hall Halifax 30th September 2017 - 1st October 2017 11am - 5pm

    FREE entry, just turn up

    A family-friendly festival, marketplace and street party. The People's Fair is a showcase for the Calder Valley's creative and ciommunity talent, independent businesses and civic organisations. Expect local food, street performances, artists and artisans, voluntary groups, showcases for local talent, parades and processions, market stalls and exhibition.

    Featuring hands-on activities and performances throughout the day including Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Pif Paf, Plunge Boom, 2 Destination Language, Handmade Parade, Fire & Water and more!

    Gurgle Splosher by Stephen Summers / Noisy Toys

    A playful, interactive sound-sculpture of the water cycle, made with young people from schools in Mytholmroyd. This Heath Robinson contraption forms the centrepiece of Mytholmroyd Arts Festival Day on Saturday 14th October.

  5. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Skircoat

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Skircoat

    1st Oct 2017

    Sunday 1st October It was a separate village but is now part of urban Halifax. It has an interesting mix of old buildings and later development...
    Sunday 1st October It was a separate village but is now part of urban Halifax. It has an interesting mix of old buildings and later developments from 1840s onwards. Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the Skircoat Green Road & Manor Heath Road junction, south of Halifax. HX3 0BG.
  6. Brighouse Arts Festival 2017

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Arts Festival

    Starting 7th Oct 2017
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    A feast of art and entertainment across Brighouse from Saturday 7th - Saturday 14th October Festival time in Brighouse is fast approaching as th...
    A feast of art and entertainment across Brighouse from Saturday 7th - Saturday 14th October Festival time in Brighouse is fast approaching as the annual Arts Festival rolls into town next month. Starting on Saturday 7th October the festival brings together the best of local talent with those from farther afield. The programme contains something for everyone with nine days of concerts, talks, theatre shows and art. Tickets are on sale now. Cash sales at Harrison Lord and Ryecorn Wholefoods in Brighouse or online via the website (www.brighouseartfestival.co.uk) Ring 01484 711835 for details Some Highlights There's something for all tastes, including: • Roger Davies and his new Band, October 14th • Gala Concert of songs from the Movie Musicals. October 7th • Ukulele Concert and Play-along, October 12th The week starts with street theatre on October 7th from 12 noon. On Monday October 9th musical fans are in for a treat with a sing-along concert. We have an wonderful Bronte evening (live performance and film show) on October 10th and the Daniel Bath Trio playing jazz classics on Thursday October 12th. Classical concerts include Borealis Choir (13th), Jonathan Ellis, piano (11th) and Fiona Katie Roberts, harp (10th). Comedy and Guitar Concert on Sunday October 8th with Hugh Raine and the Idle Guitar Orchestra. Talks are on most days, including Keith Whiteley lighthearted poetry) October 9th, West Yorkshire History by Noel Moroney (October 11th), tales of the real life story of Agatha Christie by Pat Osborne on October 10th, Emma Decent (13th) and Andrew Sykes (humourous cycling adventures) October 14th. For children we have an art and craft workshop on Saturday 7th October and a youth Theatre Workshop on Saturday 14th October. Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe is a double bill of lighthearted theatre with Fay Beesley and Penny Lamport The week rounds of with a concert and dance by the Calderdale Big Band For a full listing of the events please visit the Festival website.
  7. METHERA String Quartet image by James Fagan

    Hebden Bridge

    METHERA String Quartet

    12th Oct 2017

    12 October 8pm Contemporary music from ground breaking quartet Methera, with over ten years together and three highly acclaimed albums to their ...
    12 October 8pm Contemporary music from ground breaking quartet Methera, with over ten years together and three highly acclaimed albums to their name. Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet with roots firmly planted in English traditional music. Their national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped them establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music. METHERA; Lucy Deakin (cello), John Dipper and Emma Reid (fiddles) and Miranda Rutter (viola) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is both sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling - chamber folk at its best. Tickets £12/£8
  8. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Victorian Halifax

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Victorian Halifax

    15th Oct 2017

    Sunday 15th October Halifax has many fine ornate buildings of various sizes and types from the mid to late 1800s. We plan to see some of the be...
    Sunday 15th October Halifax has many fine ornate buildings of various sizes and types from the mid to late 1800s. We plan to see some of the best of them on this walk round part of central Halifax. Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall (by the notice board). HX1 1UJ
  9. Hebden Bridge Dance Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Dance Festival

    Starting 20th Oct 2017
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    20th - 22nd October 2017 We feel... dance moves us in mysterious and wonderful ways, towards healing and transformation, joy and oneness with...
    20th - 22nd October 2017 We feel... dance moves us in mysterious and wonderful ways, towards healing and transformation, joy and oneness within ourselves and with others... Come sample many different dance forms to find which moves YOU... We invite you to join us... it may change your LIFE !
  10. Swansong

    Halifax

    Swansong

    20th Oct 2017

    Friday 20th October 7.30pm Copper Auditorium, Square Chapel, The rain has finally stopped. 4 people survive. They are in a swan pedalo. Follo...
    Friday 20th October 7.30pm Copper Auditorium, Square Chapel, The rain has finally stopped. 4 people survive. They are in a swan pedalo. Following critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival, DugOut Theatre bring their smash-hit show to Square Chapel to ask what we’d remember if we could start again. Founded by a group of comedians, writers, musicians and actors, DugOut’s work is often funny, sometimes sad, usually hopeful and always musical. It warms your heart, moves your feet, treats your eyes, lightens your load, tickles your fancy and swells your heart. Tickets £12.50
  11. Halloween at Eureka!

    Halifax

    Halloween at Eureka!

    Starting 21st Oct 2017
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    Ghostly goings-on at Eureka! There’s a gathering of ghosts, ghouls and other grisly spirits at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum this Hallo...
    Ghostly goings-on at Eureka! There’s a gathering of ghosts, ghouls and other grisly spirits at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum this Halloween, from 21 October through to 5 November 2017. If you ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost, join the Eureka! team on ghastly tour of the museum to track down (and hopefully capture) some ghouls. Visit the Haunted Mansion to explore your spookier side and listen to scary(ish) stories plus loads more Halloween-themed activities. All blood-curdling activities are included in the price of admission and free to Eureka! Annual Pass holders
  12. Comedy Club 4 Kids

    Halifax

    Comedy Club 4 Kids

    22nd Oct 2017

    Sunday 22nd October 2pm Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to...
    Sunday 22nd October 2pm Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?” Tickets £10
  13. George Egg: DIY Chef

    Halifax

    George Egg: DIY Chef

    22nd Oct 2017

    Sunday 22nd October , 80pm Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel Following sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell out UK t...
    Sunday 22nd October , 80pm Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel Following sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell out UK tour, award winning comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy. It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure, a cross-genre show falling somewhere between a stand-up comedy set and an illustrated lecture. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be abused and re-purposed. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end. Tickets £14/£12
  14. The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    Halifax

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    27th Oct 2017

    Friday 27th October, 8pm Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego Howard Coggins looks like Henry ...
    Friday 27th October, 8pm Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu McLoughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go. After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything… The Six Wives of Henry VIII was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic, and with live original music, embroidery, barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in cross-dressing Tudor history that you’ll never forget. Tickets £12.50
  15. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Heptonstall Shadows

    Heptonstall

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Heptonstall Shadows

    29th Oct 2017

    Sunday 29th october You can expect a mediaeval village like Heptonstall to hold memories you might not find in standard local histories. As Hall...
    Sunday 29th october You can expect a mediaeval village like Heptonstall to hold memories you might not find in standard local histories. As Hallowe’en draws close you’ll hear of wart-curers, protective charms, rural gangsters, ghosts, mummified cats and more. Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. at Heptonstall Bowling Club car park. HX7 7LT
  16. A Hat or a Husband

    Halifax

    A Hat or a Husband

    Starting 11th Nov 2017
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    11th November 2017 to 27th January 2018 Vendredi Millinery Group's new exhibition will showcase newly made and historic hats to celebrate the Pa...
    11th November 2017 to 27th January 2018 Vendredi Millinery Group's new exhibition will showcase newly made and historic hats to celebrate the Patron Saint of Milliners, Saint Catherine. Traditionally, extraordinary and extravagant 'Catherinette hats' were made and worn by single women in annual parades on Saint Catherine's Day. The newly made hats are inspired by hats, bags, shoes and jewellry in Calderdale Museums' Collections, which will also be displayed. Explore the history of Millinery, local hat makers, hat making skills and tools and hear about Saint Catherine and the 'Catherinettes' traditions. Join us for a day of celebration on Saint Catherine's Day, Saturday 25th November for free talks, demonstrations and activities suitable for all ages and those new to and experienced with hats.

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