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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. digiPlaySpace at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Halifax

    digiPlaySpace at Eureka! the National Children's Museum

    Starting 8th Jul 2017
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    digiPlaySpace is coming to Eureka! 8th July 2017 - 31st December 2017. Eureka! is hosting the European premiere of digiPlaySpace, an unmissabl...
    digiPlaySpace is coming to Eureka! 8th July 2017 - 31st December 2017. Eureka! is hosting the European premiere of digiPlaySpace, an unmissable touring exhibition all the way from Canada. digiPlaySpace is a collection of interactive digital art showcasing the work of artists from around the world, bought together by Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Featuring state-of-the-art installations, digiPlaySpace encourages children to get hands-on with some of the most creative uses of technology through a variety of games, installations and activities. digiPlaySpace opens on Saturday 8 July to celebrate Eureka!’s 25th anniversary and runs until the end of the year. Visitors to digiPlaySpace at Eureka! will use digital stop motion animation to make a dance video, create music combining electronics with unusual objects, build and control their own robots and more. TIFF introduced the first digiPlaySpace in 2012, and every year they present a new family-friendly collection in which children engage with the latest creative media technologies and share innovative artistic experiences. digiPlaySpace at Eureka! will showcase fourteen pieces from acclaimed international artists, exhibited together in Europe for the first time. With lots for kids to touch, control and play, digiPlaySpace will offer some of the best the world has to offer in new media fun and learning.
  4. 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) 

  5. 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.

  6. Dr. Rev John Fawcett

    Hebden Bridge

    Fawcett 200

    Starting 4th Sep 2017
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    These events commemorate the 200th anniversary of a Yorkshireman’s death, Dr. Rev John Fawcett. From a disadvantaged childhood in Bradford, he b...
    These events commemorate the 200th anniversary of a Yorkshireman’s death, Dr. Rev John Fawcett. From a disadvantaged childhood in Bradford, he became a Georgian “celebrity” whose fame and influence spread out from his Baptist ministry in Wainsgate in the Upper Calder Valley to Yorkshire and Lancashire, eventually reaching as far as London and Bristol. As a preacher, educator, writer, theologian, hymn writer, “poet and divine” John Fawcett became well-known at a national and then international level. He gave local people, both rich and poor, hope and aspiration to improve not only their lives but also others. Many became philanthropists giving away wealth they created to their communities. Some of his descendants and pupils went on to achieve remarkable things. His descendants influenced places such as Glusburn near Keighley, Crosby Garrett in Westmorland, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manitoba in Canada. 4th September – 2nd October 'Fawcett, his life and legacy, locally and world-wide'. Hebden Bridge Local History Society’s exhibition can be viewed between 9am - 5pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY Saturday 9th September 'The Revd Dr John Fawcett and England's 18th-Century Evangelical Corridor'. 11.00am Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW. A talk by Dr. John A. Hargreaves, Halifax Antiquarian Society, Local Historian, General Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society and author of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article on John Fawcett and other evangelicals who contributed to the remarkable evangelical vitality of the Calder Valley in the 18th Century. Saturday 9th September Heritage Open Day. 12 - 5pm Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW. Find out more about chapel life in the past with historical displays, children’s activities, afternoon teas. Sunday 10th September Heritage Open Day. 2 - 5pm at Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW. Find out more about chapel life in the past with historical displays, children’s activities, afternoon teas. Sunday 10th September Service of Thanksgiving. Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW. A special service to celebrate the re-opening of Hope Chapel, led by Rev. Gaynor Hammond. Sunday 10th September Heritage Open Day. 2 - 4pm Friends of Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Hebden Bridge HX7 8SU will open the chapel. See the artists’studios, hear the organ, look at Fawcett’s listed grave and enjoy Wadsworth Environment Group’s fund-raising cake stall. www.wainsgate.co.uk 9th - 24th September South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will include five Fawcett-themed walks around Hebden Bridge, Wainsgate, Brearley, Peel House. Sunday 10th September Two Men who left their mark on Hebden Bridge. Starting at 1pm and lasting about 4.5 hours – circular 7 mile walk from Hebden Bridge Station (HX7 6JE) led by Mick Chatham. Exploring the legacy of John Fawcett and Dan Taylor, two Baptist ministers and visiting the places associated with them. Walking shoes recommended. Saturday 16th September Fawcetts at Luddenden. Starting at 1.30pm, a 2 mile walk from Peel House led by Clive Lloyd. Tour of Peel House (Stocks Lane, Luddenden, Halifax, HX2 6SP) and the site and remains of 2 nearby mills, including Peel House Mills with explanation of the Fawcett family’s involvement of the development of the mill. The afternoon will be dog/family friendly. If a volunteer with a car is available to take people who may have problems with steep terrain to meet in the bottom of the valley, then the tour of the former mill sites would become a gentle walk. Some parking is available at Peel House. Nearest bus services are 574 Halifax – Midgley circular (0.5 mile uphill walk) or frequent services on A646 at Luddenden Foot (1.5 mile uphill walk) or stop on Mount Tabor Road by Stocks Lane and walk down. Tuesday 19th September Fawcetts at Wainsgate and Brearley. Starting 10:15 am (to fit in with bus time), a 4 mile walk lasting about 2.5 hours led by Ian Vickridge. After looking at the Wainsgate Chapel and Fawcett graves in Wainsgate Lane, the walk follows some of Calderdale Way before dropping down to Brearley via Midgley using footpaths and farm tracks. After looking at the Fawcett connections in Brearley, walkers could either take one of the frequent buses back to Hebden Bridge and catch the 595 bus in Commercial street (2 minutes past the hour and half hour) or there is an option of a circular walk of a further 6 miles. If wished, bring lunch to eat at Brearley. Walking shoes recommended. In wet weather there may be some muddy sections. Saturday 23rd September Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day. Meet inside Hope Chapel (HX7 8EW) by pulpit at 1.45 pm, leaving at 2pm, a 1.1 mile accessible (including wheelchairs), circular, mostly flat walk on tarmac lasting about 2 hours led by Diana Monahan. As this walk forms part of a Fawcett weekend, it may be oversubscribed, in which case, Diana will repeat the walk later in the day. Places may be booked through secretary@hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk Sunday 24th September Hope Chapel to Wainsgate Chapel. Meet at Hope Chapel (HX7 8EW) 9:50am, leaving at 10, a 2 mile uphill walk lasting about 2.5 hours led by Ian Vickridge. Visit to Wainsgate Chapel, then join in with lunch and other events at the nearby Community Centre and Hare and Hounds Pub. Walking shoes recommended. Return to Hebden Bridge on the 595 bus from Wainsgate Community Centre on the hour every hour. 23rd & 24th September Fawcett 200 Weekend - Talks, walks, displays and opportunities for networking for anyone interested in the story of Rev Fawcett and the surname Fawcett. Sat 23rd September Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW. 9:30am Refreshments. 10am talks by Anne Mealia, Tracing Fawcett descendants; Diana Monahan, My journeys with Fawcetts; and Amy Binns , Sunday Schools and Working Class Education in the Calder Valley. Fawcett networking. 2.00pm 'Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day and his legacy in the town' (details above). Sunday 24th September 10am Walk from Hope Chapel to Wainsgate led by Ian Vickridge (details above) or take the bus and meet at Wainsgate from 11.00am. View the Art Mile, an exhibition and children’s competition spread over three locations, Chapel, Community Centre ('What Wainsgate means to me') and Hare & Hounds Pub. Final opportunity for more Fawcett networking. Saturday 23rd September Hope Chapel Open Day. 12.pm – 4pm Children’s activities, historical displays and afternoon teas. Sunday 24th September Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EW 10.30 am – 11:30 am Fawcett 200 service , led by Rev Dr K Jones, President of the Baptist History Society. 2018 as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival A celebration event including songs composed to celebrate Fawcett sung by Old Town Primary School students past and present.
  7. Chinese State Circus

    Halifax

    Chinese State Circus

    Starting 19th Sep 2017
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    The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be playing at Savile Park, Halifax from Tuesday 19th to Monday 25th September in its fully heated big to...
    The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be playing at Savile Park, Halifax from Tuesday 19th to Monday 25th September in its fully heated big top venue. Breathtaking in its simplicity, “DYNASTY” projects into a contemporary setting an art form that has thrilled audiences for more than 2,000 years where low-tech everyday objects are transformed into hi-tech acrobatic equipment. Hurtling porcelain jars... dynamically spinning plates... balancing upon gigantic pyramids of tables and chairs framed by the delicate strands of silk supporting cascading aerialists. Stunning world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors. The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill is set to a soaring musical score accompanied by the rhythmic beats of Chinese percussion. Its outstanding acrobatic achievement that could until now could only be created video through special effects – yet performed live in front of an audience what seems impossible becomes a reality. It is what has earned the CHINESE STATE CIRCUS the accolade “incomparable”. No gimmicks...no fakes...no retakes...quite simply...the incomparable Chinese State Circus.
  8. Drawing for Beginners

    Halifax

    Drawing for Beginners

    Starting 20th Sep 2017
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    Drawing for Beginners Wednesdays 11- 1pm , September 20th 2017 - December 13th 2017 £150 These lessons will introduce the basic skills...
    Drawing for Beginners Wednesdays 11- 1pm , September 20th 2017 - December 13th 2017 £150 These lessons will introduce the basic skills, techniques and methods of drawing that will develop your visual ability and skills. You will learn how to use and apply the following: Line Texture Mark making Tone Colour Shape Form Composition Movement Drawing systems including perspective Assignments with clear, step-by-step instructions will develop your understanding of the basic practices of drawing. You will also learn how to apply traditional skills, techniques and theories, while embracing experimental approaches towards drawing. Throughout the course the assignments placed will be within an art historical context.
  9. Ceramics

    Halifax

    Ceramics

    Starting 21st Sep 2017
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    Thursdays 1- 3.30pm | Sept 21st - Oct 26th Thursdays 1- 3:30pm | Nov 9th - Dec 14th £120 A structured course in ceramic hand building techniq...
    Thursdays 1- 3.30pm | Sept 21st - Oct 26th Thursdays 1- 3:30pm | Nov 9th - Dec 14th £120 A structured course in ceramic hand building techniques. The course will include methods such as coiling, slab work and modelling as well as a range of decorative techniques such as sgraffito, sprig design and resist decoration. Groups are small, allowing each student plenty of input and technical support from our experienced ceramics tutor. Equipment and tools will be provided along with basic drawing materials. Clay can be bought from our school shop for £10 for a 10 kg bag. One bag will usually last for one half term.
  10. The Sandman

    Halifax

    The Sandman

    25th Sep 2017

    Monday 25th September 7.30pm The Sandman brings sleep by dropping sand into the eyes of humans and uses a magical rainbow umbrella to impart goo...
    Monday 25th September 7.30pm The Sandman brings sleep by dropping sand into the eyes of humans and uses a magical rainbow umbrella to impart good dreams, or a dark umbrella to send nightmares. We follow the story of a woman who is desperate to bring good dreams to her ailing husband - so desperate that she is willing to follow the Sandman into the Dream World to steal the dream umbrellas. There she meets many bizarre and entertaining characters including the timid Monster-under-the-Bed, the Puppet who yearns for freedom from his strings, the Unformed Dreams, and of course, The Sandman himself. The woman steals the dream umbrellas and returns to the real world where she gives beautiful, magical dreams to her husband and others with the rainbow umbrella. But what will happen if the umbrellas get mixed up? You'll have to wait and see.... 'THE SANDMAN' is a contemporary ballet inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson tale of Ole Lukøje and features an original score by composer Tim Mountain. Chantry Dance Company is run by choreographers Paul Chantry & Rae Piper, who are also known for their work on popular shows including `GANGSTA GRANNY' and the `HORRIBLE HISTORIES' stage shows. Tickets: £13.75 (concessions available)
  11. Letterpress

    Halifax

    Letterpress Taster Session

    Starting 26th Sep 2017
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    Tuesday 10-4pm | 26th Sept Tuesday 10-4pm | 25th Oct Tuesday 10-4pm | 28th Nov Come and share our love for the Letterpress. Using old school m...
    Tuesday 10-4pm | 26th Sept Tuesday 10-4pm | 25th Oct Tuesday 10-4pm | 28th Nov Come and share our love for the Letterpress. Using old school metal and grease machines and creating page layout by hand, you will enjoy one of the most aesthetically pleasing of the printing methods. With the support of our expert tutors, students will be introduced to the Letterpress studio, and guided to typeset and print their own piece of work. We have an extensive type library, proofing presses, and a beautiful Treadle Press. £70 All materials included.
  12. Bats in the Belfry

    Bats in the Belfry

    26th Sep 2017

    Meet Calderdale Countryside & Woodland staff and a member of St John's Church, Coley (between Shelf & Hipperholme), at 7.15pm to learn more about b...
    Meet Calderdale Countryside & Woodland staff and a member of St John's Church, Coley (between Shelf & Hipperholme), at 7.15pm to learn more about bats and nocturnal wildlife that live in the local area. Outdoor session, including a short walk across fields with gates & stiles. Torches & warm clothing required. Free of charge.
  13. Shane Filan

    Halifax

    Shane Filan

    26th Sep 2017

    Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm Hot off the back of announcing his new album "Love Always" Shane Filan has announced his major indoor UK Tour - "L...
    Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm Hot off the back of announcing his new album "Love Always" Shane Filan has announced his major indoor UK Tour - "Love Always" - taking in some of the UK's best loved venues, and featuring the new album along with some of the tracks most synonymous with Shane. Shane has cemented his position as one of the UK's most popular male solo artists, following phenomenal success with Westlife - one of the world's most successful bands of the last few decades. Tickets: £29.25 - £51.75
  14. Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Halifax

    Dick & Liddy's Comedy Club

    Starting 29th Sep 2017
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    Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate Green Room Bar, Dick and Liddy...
    Laugh your way into the weekend with our regular and hugely popular comedy club. Held in our laid-back and intimate Green Room Bar, Dick and Liddy's is a rare opportunity to get seriously close to serious talent. Let the fun begin
  15. Willow Bird Feeders

    Halifax

    Willow Bird Feeders

    30th Sep 2017

    30th September 2017 1pm - 3pm Weave a variety of different feeders made from willow suitable for garden birds. Families welcome, contact Joe Gre...
    30th September 2017 1pm - 3pm Weave a variety of different feeders made from willow suitable for garden birds. Families welcome, contact Joe Gregory for more information or to book on 07588 944166. Alternatively go to http://creativewithnature.co.uk/workshops2 website. Event to be held at Ogden Water Nature Reserve, Halifax HX2 8YA. £25 charge.
  16. Spectacular Science Show

    Halifax

    Spectacular Science Show

    1st Oct 2017

    Sunday 1st October 3pm You think Science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen before! Explore the strange and mag...
    Sunday 1st October 3pm You think Science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen before! Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant's toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringle tubes! TV astronomer and author Mark Thompson has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with his fascinating journeys around the Universe. Now he is turning his infectious enthusiasm to things a little closer to home with this brand new show Suitable for a family audience. Tickets: £11.75 Concessions available

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