Hebden Bridge Arts Festival seeks Sweet Sundae performers, and Word of Mouth plans courses

Sundae specials from last year
Sundae specials from last year

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival has issued a call out for talented local performers to show off their skills during their two Street Sundaes events.

The festival team have are looking to expand the number of performance areas for their two days of free street theatre, and more local artists are needed to perform alongside some of the UK’s top street entertainers.

Local Street Sundae regulars such as the Junior Brass Band, Helen Wilman School of Dance, Blueberry Pie, Hill Millies Clog Dancers and Calder Valley Youth Theatre amongst many others, fill slots across Hebden Bridge town centre, and now new community based groups are being asked to join the fun.

For 2015 the festival organisers want to hear from local acts who think they have what it takes to perform in front of hundreds of spectators.

Arts Festival Artistic Director Helen Meller said: “We’re looking for local bands, dancers, crooners, puppeteers, mime artists, choirs, solo musicians, flash mobs - really anything which showcases the array of performance focussed talent in the valley”.

“We can’t offer any payments, but this is a brilliant showcase for your group to take a couple of slots of up to 20 minutes in front of large outdoor audiences.”

If you are available on either Sunday, June 28, or July 5 between noon and 4pm, and think you have what it takes to take in Street Sundaes, then email Mosa Mpetha at mosampetha@hotmail.co.uk

l Word of Mouth, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, hosts two arts workshops over the next week.

On Tuesday, April 7, a six-week Learn Photography evening course begins, aimed at photographers of any level and using any type of camera.

It will run each week from 6pm to 8pm, and costs £55 per person.

To book, email leena.gustovska@gmail.com

Then on Saturday, April 11, tutor Val Hughes hosts a one-day Introduction To Felt-Making event, whichy will run from 1pm to 4pm and costs £30 per person.

It is described as an experimental workshop to create samples of nuno felt by applying wool fibres to an open weave cloth.

Nuno felt gives a beautiful draping quality ideal for making scarves and wraps and Val says those attending will be able to take home lots of samples to develop and the skills to take their ideas further.

Participants should bring an old towel and a bag to take their work home.

To book, ring Word of Mouth on 01422 648299 or Val on 07944 755882, or email Val at val_hughes@lifve.co.uk