Halifax Stories – free art/workshops throughout February

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All One Collective & St. Augustine’s Centre are proud to be collaborating with Counterpoints Arts to bring the stories of people in Halifax to life. Through free art workshops in the Piece Hall in February 2018, this work will focus on collaborations between new and established communities. Counterpoints Arts are funding the workshops with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Halifax Stories is part of Stronger Communities project funded by CFFC and the Ghandi Statue Memorial Trust currently underway in Calderdale. The project focuses on building stronger and more connected communities through helping participants to develop self-belief, well-being, and practical skills & knowledge around influencing the world around them. The project also importantly focuses on building understanding between people from different backgrounds through the facilitation of community conversations and story-telling.

What are we offering?

Stella Barnes, an associate artist with Counterpoints Arts will offer a series of creative workshops enabling participants to explore the rich stories within their own lives. Through a story telling process, Stella will work with participants to enable them to develop new narratives and perspectives on their lives in Calderdale. The work produced by participants will be exhibited in the Piece Hall between June and August 2018. Alongside Stella, a photographer will take the portraits of willing participants, which will also be exhibited

 

 

More about Stella Barnes: Stella Barnes is an experienced artist who has worked extensively with communities. In 2017 she was the artist-in residence with idle women living and delivering workshops on a narrow boat and in the community in Mirfield and Dewsbury. Before this Stella has worked for many years on a range of different community projects and previously worked as Director of Participation in Ovalhouse, a theatre based in South London where she developed ‘We are London,’ a theatre project for young migrants and other young people and set up the Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists.

New participants to the Stronger communities project are always welcome. Discuss the Halifax Stories opportunity further by contacting:

Roisin Cavanagh 07771655617

all1collective.org.uk

counterpointsarts.org.uk

 

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Halifax Comedy Festival 2017

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Six venues + over 20 acts = one great Comedy Festival! The Halifax Comedy festival is back for a third year from 20th – 28th October 2017. Tickets are on sale now!

See popular comedians such as Lee Nelson, Rob Rouse, Shazia Mirza, Richard Herring; events from the Fringe such as Barbara Nice, George Egg DIY Cook; sing along with the Rocky Horror Picture Show; the kids have a comedy club to enjoy and even Sooty will be making an appearance!

 

For more information  Call 01422 305959 or visit halifaxcomedyfestival.com

Local Studies Welcome Day at the new Halifax Central Library!

Friday 8th September 9.30am to 6.30pm, free admission

Start your visit to the newly opened library by picking up a Square Roots heritage leaflet and following a self-guided tour round the building and local sites of historical interest.

The tour ends in the new Local Studies department on the lower ground floor.  Take NewCentralLibraryRoseWindowTinyPNGtime to have a good look round and talk to staff about the resources and services available, including our new digital microfilm scanners.

Ticket availability allowing, you can sit down at 11am for a fascinating hour with the Halifax Great War Heritage Society.  For more information, see  What did the Great War ever do for us?

Between 9.30am and 4pm, Calderdale Family History Society will be waiting to talk to you in The Lab on the ground floor and will be able to show you how the Society can help you research your ancestors. For more information, see Calderdale Family History Society

Alongside the Calderdale Family History Society in The Lab will be one of our library volunteers, eager to show you the online resources available through the library service for help with your research.

At 1pm you can attend a brief talk by local historian and Halifax Antiquarian Society member, David Glover. Meet other members of Halifax Antiquarian Society and have a go at their Hali-facts quiz. You will also be entertained by their vintage Local History film – showing on screens around the library throughout the day, along with First World War footage supplied by the Halifax Great War Heritage Society.

Ticket availability allowing, you will also be able to join an outdoor heritage walk with Anne Kirker at 2pm.  For more information, see Square Roots – Round and about the new central library

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival 2017 this weekend!

Rushbearing dates back several centuries to a time when rushes were simply a floor covering in churches.sowerby_bridge_rushbearing_700

Each year, it was out with the old and in with the new. Over many years this tradition has gradually turned into a celebration and a holiday involving music, Morris dancing and revelry.

There are many ways to be part of the festival. Do not be one of the missing ingredients!

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September at various venues across Sowerby Bridge. For more information, visit: Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival 2017 .