Celebrate the start of Culturedale at our Year of Culture launch event!

Calderdale’s Year of Culture (CultureDale) is a 12-month celebration of Calderdale turning 50 on 1 April 2024 – a landmark moment in the borough’s story. Our Year of Culture will include iconic events, festivals, exhibitions, performances and initiatives for everyone to enjoy from April 2024 to April 2025. The programme will reflect Calderdale’s rich history, amazing landscapes, incredible people, creativity, entrepreneurship, talent and diversity.

The Year of Culture 2024 is getting off to a spectacular start on Saturday 13th April, with 26 free events, activities and performances providing hours of entertainment in Halifax.  From 10am right through to 8pm, there will be a non-stop showcase of culture, creativity and talent at venues across the town – from music and dancing, to art and workshops for everyone to enjoy.

The CultureDale opening celebration event will have activities split between The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, Halifax Borough Market and across Halifax town centre.

The Piece Hall programme will kick off with ballroom dancing in the courtyard, and also includes uplifting performances from The Signing Choir and folk singer-songwriter Roger Davies and his band. Dean Clough will celebrate local heritage with a Crossley Carpet sculpture workshop, and will get people active with a climbing wall. A range of local artists will fill Halifax Borough Market’s Albany Arcade with music and performances, and the town centre streets will come alive with a makers’ market, music, skateboarding, an art workshop and much more.

Head to www.culturedale.co.uk/opening-celebration for the full Year of Culture opening event programme, and make a day of it! Also see the video here: https://youtu.be/anUcvrBg0T0.

And that’s just the start! Stay tuned for Culturedale events throughout the year…including a community festival at People’s Park in Halifax, a children’s and families’ creative roadshow, a Youth Music Takeover, community-led performances – even on a canal boat – a creative writing festival, an arts and health festival, a film competition, and lots more to be announced.

Be inspired at www.culturedale.co.uk