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Starting 19th Mar 2021
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Hebden Bridge Film Festival is held on the following dates:
19th - 21st March 2021
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.
Starting 21st Mar 2021
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Happy Valley Pride Spring 2021 Events is held on the following dates:
21st March 2021
25th April 2021
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 WainwrightViv 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.
OTHER PERFORMERS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Sunday 25th April at 8pm Calder Calling – Music from the ValleyHosted by Sarah Courtney and featuring Terry LoganAn 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.FULL LINE-UP TO BE ANNOUNCED.
22nd May 20218pm Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand-new stand-up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you...8pm Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand-new stand-up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you at the Victoria Theatre Halifax to fill you in and make you laugh. Rob Beckett has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10 October 2020 (from Saturday 18 April 2020) We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date and we hope you can join us. If you have chosen to collect your tickets from the Box Office at the time of booking, your tickets will still be available for collection up to the date of the rescheduled show. Tickets from £24.75 Recommended age: 14+
9th Jul 20217.30pm Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into the Victoria Theatre Halifax!...7.30pm Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into the Victoria Theatre Halifax! Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band. The Magic of Motown has been re-scheduled to Thursday 15 October 2020 (from Friday 3 April 2020). We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date and we hope you can join us. If you have chosen to collect your tickets from the Box Office at the time of booking, your tickets will still be available for collection up to the date of the rescheduled show. Tickets £29.50
15th Jul 20217.30pm Comedy legend Frank Skinner is adding extra dates to his latest UK tour and bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to Th...7.30pm Comedy legend Frank Skinner is adding extra dates to his latest UK tour and bringing his critically acclaimed stand-up show Showbiz to The Victoria Theatre for one night only. UPDATE: Frank Skinner's Showbiz tour has been rescheduled to Mon 1st February (from Wed 28 Oct 2020 and before that from Tues 21 Apr). We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date & we hope you can join us. Tickets from £26.75
21st Jul 20217.30pm Anything You Can Do… KEVIN CLIFTON is back at the Victoria Theatre Halifax with the BURN THE FLOOR cast in 2020…and this time Kevin wi...7.30pm Anything You Can Do… KEVIN CLIFTON is back at the Victoria Theatre Halifax with the BURN THE FLOOR cast in 2020…and this time Kevin will be joined by his sister JOANNE CLIFTON! The famous siblings are touring together for the very first time, playing on their individual successes and what better way to do it than in the world’s leading Ballroom show Burn The Floor! Tickets from £38 Burn The Floor has been re-scheduled to Friday 2 October 2020 at 7:30pm (from Sunday 12 April 2020 - please note this is a 2nd rescheduling and this show is no longer taking place on 6 July). We're pleased to confirm that your existing tickets will be valid at the rescheduled date and we hope you can join us. If you have chosen to collect your tickets from the Box Office at the time of booking, your tickets will still be available for collection up to the date of the rescheduled show.
14th Aug 2021The Halifax Agricultural Show is the largest of its kind in the local region and offers something for everyone. Farm and domestic animals will ...The Halifax Agricultural Show is the largest of its kind in the local region and offers something for everyone. Farm and domestic animals will be shown, there's local produce, flowers, fruit & vegetables and crafts with entertainment such as showjumping, vintage vehicles, farmer's markets, stalls and demonstrations. The timetable of events and ticket prices will be confirmed closer to the date.
4th Sep 20213pm Join us as we welcome The Brighouse & Rastrick Band to the Victoria Theatre Halifax. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band is regarded by many as...3pm Join us as we welcome The Brighouse & Rastrick Band to the Victoria Theatre Halifax. The Brighouse & Rastrick Band is regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by ‘Briggus’, most recently becoming National Champion Band of Great Britain in 2017, whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. The band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire. Today, it still continues to be supported through public subscriptions and its own fundraising efforts. Tickets from £15.75
5th Sep 20217.30 pm Ben Portsmouth -The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist is back at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this November. Ben, a multi talen...7.30 pm Ben Portsmouth -The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist is back at the Victoria Theatre Halifax this November. Ben, a multi talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis's DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. He looks like Elvis, sings like Elvis and has an on-stage charisma that has audiences believing at times they are watching the King himself. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the first artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma and will show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business. Tickets from: £27.75
10th Sep 20217.30pm A Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll Alien Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group ...7.30pm A Journey Into The Mind Of The Rock ’n Roll Alien Take an incredible two hour trip through the finest work of David Bowie. This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings in exquisite detail against a spellbinding backdrop of lights and visual magic. With glowing endorsements from the likes of Rick Wakeman and Mike Garson this exciting show is a must for Bowie fans and the Bowie-Curious! From the dark depths of isolation and fractured reality of Berlin to the sheer celebration of Let’s Dance, the amazingly accurate Bowie Collective make it their mission to give you the Bowie show you always wanted - and will never forget. Tickets from: £26.75
17th Sep 20217.30pm After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s numb...7.30pm After five years of touring the UK and countless global performances, Frankie’s Guys have earned themselves the title of the world’s number 1 celebration of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and they certainly are the real deal! Singing for TV royalty and wowing the crowds at celebrity soirees is a weekly occurrence for this vocal super group. Loose Women’s Linda Robson said, ‘these guys certainly know how to entertain and gave my guests the best night ever’. The show features four leading men direct from London’s West End, several of whom have toured with the global smash hit musical ‘Jersey Boys’. Charming, cheeky and extremely charismatic, Frankie’s Guys are the epitome of great live-entertainment. Join the guys and their incredible band for an unforgettable night on which they will take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, performing timeless classics such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Lets Hang on, Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Dec 63 and many more. Tickets from £26
18th Sep 2021Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to the Victoria Theatre Halifax to warm up his brand-new show! John is very much looking forward to this ...Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to the Victoria Theatre Halifax to warm up his brand-new show! John is very much looking forward to this new adventure, this will be his eighth stand up show and its shaping up to be his best yet!! John can’t wait to be back on the road again. Recommended age: 16+ Tickets from £36.75
29th Sep 20217.30pm The Man in Black Tour Only show to be endorsed by the Cash Family! The Johnny Cash Roadshow is back on top form with a brand new show ...7.30pm The Man in Black Tour Only show to be endorsed by the Cash Family! The Johnny Cash Roadshow is back on top form with a brand new show at the Victoria Theatre Halifax. Award winning Clive John pays homage to Cash’s Career as the Man In Black, alongside his iconic Wife June Carter played by Emily Heighway and the Roadshow Horns. With all the hits such as Man in Black, Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Boy Named Sue along-side some of the darker more atmospheric songs from the later American Recordings such as The Man Comes Around and Hurt making this year’s show an emotional roller-coaster of songs through Cash’s career, packed together in one fantastic evening’s entertainment. With standing ovations every night The Johnny Cash Roadshow is the biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Tickets from: £24.75
20th Oct 20217.30pm Celebrating Over 40 years of ABBA Europe's leading ABBA Tribute, ABBAMANIA, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding voc...7.30pm Celebrating Over 40 years of ABBA Europe's leading ABBA Tribute, ABBAMANIA, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage. ABBAMANIA's widely acclaimed tribute to ABBA is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless hits from Waterloo to Dancing Queen which will have you dancing in the aisles. Tickets from £26.75
22nd Oct 20217.30pm After sell-out performances last year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for its annual UK tour with spellbinding, lavish,...7.30pm After sell-out performances last year, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for its annual UK tour with spellbinding, lavish, full-production touring ballet. One hundred and thirty-five years ago audiences heard Swan Lake by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the very first time. From that moment on, the world of ballet would never be the same. Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so strikingly that one can easily be mistaken for the other. It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under? From the opulent splendour of the palace ballroom to the moonlit lake where majestic swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. Swan Lake captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. A wonderful evening out, the memories of which you will cherish long after the final curtain falls. Ticket holders are invited to join us in the auditorium from 6:45pm for a pre-show Swan Lake talk. Tickets from £38.75
Starting 22nd Oct 2021
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Halifax Festival of Words 2021 is held on the following dates:
22nd - 24th October 2021
Halifax’s independent Festival of Words will be returning from the 11th to 15th May 2022...