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  1. Hebden Bridge Film Festival

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Film Festival

    Starting 19th Mar 2021
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    Welcome to the 2nd Hebden Bridge Film Festival, with the theme of “The Other”.

    Welcome to the 2nd Hebden Bridge Film Festival, with the theme of “The Other”.With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the 2021 Festival will be brought to you live and online from 19th - 21st March 2021

    With over 500 years of non-conformism in the Calder Valley, the theme of 'The Other' is very fitting. We're celebrating films by or about those who dare to be different, whether they exist in the margins, sit outside the mainstream or just plain don’t fit in. 

    There will be two UK premiers and a world premier as part of the line-up. 

    Harami (UK premier)

    • A modern Oliver Twist set in bustling Mumbai, Harami tells the story of a teenage pickpocket who develops a conscience after one of his targets commits suicide.
    • Presented in partnership with Bradford Literary Festival.
    • Official Selection New Currents Competition, BUSAN International film festival
    • Director Shyam Madiraju will be in conversation with Syima Aslam Director of Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) who said "Hirami is fantastic story and a wonderful love letter to the city of Mumbai. BLF are delighted to be partnering with Hebden Bridge Film Festival on this exciting event, continuing our mission of sharing unexpected stories that encourage important intercultural dialogue."

    Beloved (UK premier)

    • The film follows Firouzeh, an 82-year-old cow herder high in the Alborz Mountains of Iran
    • Winner of six international awards.
    • A co-presentation with The Middle East Institute, SOAS.
    • Director Yaser Talabi will be in conversation with Narguess Fazard Chair, Centre for Iranian Studies.

    Veni Etiam (I Shall Come Again) - (World premier)

    • Directed by Alex Hai.
    • This intriguing short reveals a secret Venice from the perspective of one of the most famous Gondoliers in the city.

    Other films include:

    Lunana: a yak in the classroom

    • A reluctant young teacher is sent to the most remote school in Bhutan where despite a lack of even the most basic facilities, he learns to love the children in his school.
    • Multiple award winner including Best Narrative Feature Palm Springs International Film Festival.


    • A missing woman returns home, igniting an intense bond with her sister. United they unearth their mother’s past but the truth has devastating consequences.
    • Award winner and Sundance Nominee, director Cathy Brady’s powerful drama explores the impact of the Trouble’s on one family.
    • The film stars, Danika McGuigan, who died in July 2019 after a short illness. The daughter of Boxing champion Barry McGuigan. Cathy Brady said ‘"Hopefully it will have a legacy now and a legacy especially for Nika."

    Children of the Sea

    • One summer vacation, teenage Ruka meets two boys, "Umi" and "Sora", whose upbringing contains strange and wonderful secrets.
    • Mainichi Film Awards 2020 - Best Animation Film

    The Man Who Could Fly

    • Eighty-something farmer Bobby Coote has always wanted to fly. He's determined to make his dream come true. Even if it's the last thing he does.
    • Audience Award IFI Documentary Festival.

    A Film Lover pass provides access to all films and related events over the weekend. Individual passes are also available.



  2. Happy Valley Pride Spring 2021 Events

    Across Calderdale

    Happy Valley Pride Spring 2021 Events

    Starting 21st Mar 2021
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    Sunday 28th February at 8pm.: Justin Vivian Bond and David Hoyle in Conversation

    Sunday 28th February at 8pm.: Justin Vivian Bond and David Hoyle in Conversation

    The legendary performance icons, LIVE!

    A trans pioneer and Tony nominated icon of New York’s cabaret scene Justin Vivian Bond has toured worldwide headlining at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. As one half of punk-cabaret duo Kiki & Herb they toured with Scissor Sisters and opened for Rufus Wainwright

    Viv has appeared in many feature films playing a leading role in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus. A tireless campaigner for trans rights they pioneered the use of the pronoun Mx.

    Post-drag, post-gender, Manchester’s David Hoyle is a legendary fireball of the cabaret apocalypse!

    Since the 90’s David has been changing the face of queer performance, his career has spanned cinema, television and award winning live performances which have influenced generations of performers after him.

    He fronted his own Channel 4 TV show, duetted with Boy George and appeared in the TV series Nathan Barley. David regularly exhibits his paintings and tours worldwide.


    Sunday 21st March at 8pm.: FLUID – Celebrating Queer Identities in Spoken Word

    Hosted byClare Shaw and featuring Andrew McMillan.

    Clare Shaw has three poetry collections published with Bloodaxe: her work, according to the Times Literary Supplement, is “fierce, memorable and visceral”.

    Andrew McMillan's first collection, physical, was the first poetry collection to win the Guardian First Book Award; it also won a Somerset Maugham Award, an Eric Gregory Award, a Northern Writers' Award and the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2019 it was voted as one of the top 25 poetry books of the past 25 years by the Booksellers Association.


    Sunday 25th April at 8pm Calder Calling – Music from the Valley

    Hosted by Sarah Courtney and featuring Terry Logan
    An evening showcasing some of our fantastic local performers, singers and musicians from the area.
    Ever since Happy Valley Pride launched we have championed Calder talent at our Big Day Out main stage every year. This is an opportunity for our LGBTQ+ community to get together and celebrate our amazing local artists.
    “I was quite literally stunned by Terry’s performance, she has a wonderful voice, coupled with brilliant beautiful songs, she’s definitely one to keep an eye on, absolutely amazing” - Kermit, Black Grape on Terry Logan.

    For more details visit the Happy Valley Pride website and Facebook page.

  3. Julian Clary: Born To Mince


    Julian Clary: Born To Mince

    23rd Mar 2022


    ‘Are you ready for some filth? I ...


    ‘Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. Time once again for me to sally forth and pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!’

    In this outrageously camp show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate), renowned homosexual Julian Clary will bare his soul as never before in the interests of light entertainment.  

    He’ll murder some well known songs along the way, no doubt, read you a sneak preview from his next memoir A Night At the Lubricant and make withering remarks about punters foolish enough to sit in the front row. You know the kind of thing. It’s the only life he knows. Don’t miss out.

    This might well be the final mince…

    Tickets from £26.75

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