Monday, 23 February 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

After a lovely relaxing break away in London, I am back and the first thing I thought I would share with my followers is details of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, which includes a call out for submissions:

Welcome to February's Festival newsletter!

The dates for this year's festival are now confirmed as Friday 26 June until Sunday 5 July and plans are in full swing.

We're making a final call for submissions to Hebden Shorts as well as calling on gardeners to join Open Gardens in 2015, back by popular demand.

And don't forget to book your tickets soon if you want to catch John Shuttleworth's gig at the Picture House on 6 March.

John Shuttleworth tickets selling fast

We're excited to welcome John Shuttleworth back to the festival in this one-off gig on 6 March 2015 at Hebden Bridge Picture House.

This event is part of 'HBAF Presents...' which brings exciting performances to our town year-round.

Find out how to book tickets here, and get your hands on some while you still can.

“His stand up is second to none, his timing is impeccable, and you can practically warm your hands on his good nature” The Guardian

Stand by your beds!

We're calling gardeners of all ages to join our popular local trail through local gardens, allotments and growing spaces. The Open Garden Weekend will take place on 27-28 June 2015.
David Groves has already signed up to open his town centre garden, complete with cosy shed based on filmmaker's Derek Jarman's dwelling in Dungeness.

"The Open Gardens is part of the whole landscape of the town and we are all very individual in our philosophy of gardening so people get to see the different use of space, growing and skills."

Read more about Open Gardens here. To get involved email

Young Producer's day with Reuters

Read about aspiring journalist Sam Bell's amazing time at Reuters in London in his blog about the experience.

Thanks to our supporter Thomson Reuters for giving our talented Young Producer an experience he'll never forget!


Hebden Shorts

It's not too late to start penning a short play but don't forget the deadline for submissions is 2 March.

Hebden Shorts have become a guaranteed sell out in the festival, showcasing 15 minute works by new and established playwrights performed and directed by local talent.

More detail on how to apply and terms & conditions here

Hebden Shorts playwright forms new theatre company

Following on from his 2014 Hebden Short, Cary Grant is Interested, local writer Stephen Dodwell has formed a new company with Ann Brown and director and cofounder of Manchester’s 24:7 theatre festival, Amanda Hennessy. His new play is Valedictory - a 40 minuter with the sensitive subject of assisted dying at it's heart.

More information available at or on their Facebook page 
Have you seen our wonderful film by Graham Hardy? Bring back some summer memories with these highlights from Street Sundae and Le Grand D'Party. Click on the image to play.

Have your say

We'd love to hear your feedback and ideas for future festivals. Email your thoughts and suggestions to Helen, our Artistic Director, at
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