Events 4 - 25, 28 - 51 Festival at a Glance 26 Yorkshire Festival Plus 52 Thanks 54 Cover image: Place des Anges © Press Assocation. Back cover image: Steam.
World class artistic experiences
Celebration of creativity
The mission the Festival team and I have been given, which we accepted with pride and set about with relish, is to establish Yorkshire Festival as one of the leading and most significant programmes in the country. Every two years, Yorkshire Festival will fill the county with distinctive and world class artistic experiences, presenting brilliant Yorkshire artists and companies, alongside the very best from around the country and across the globe.
Welcome to the second Yorkshire Festival. In 2014, during the first Yorkshire Festival, hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed a spectacular range of events, across the county, across all art forms. This year we want to do even better, as we welcome artists and performers from all over the world as well as celebrating the very best of Yorkshire’s own extraordinary artistic community. Festivals are about the audiences just as much as the performers, so please come and join us for what will be a wonderful celebration of creativity. Together we can be part of something truly memorable.
Inside this little beauty of a brochure you’ll find the unexpected, the unusual, the bold and the brassy. Stuff that makes you smile, that’s playful, that intrigues, that delights, that inspires, that makes you think “I don’t know what that is but I’ll give it a try.” We want you to be part of it, to be the audience, participant, viewer, dancer, artist. To engage and have an ownership over all that we do. We want you to talk to us and tell us what you think. To come with us on an incredible journey that could change all our worlds.
David Lascelles Chair of Yorkshire Festival
Welcome to the Yorkshire Festival. Matt Burman Artistic Director
Welcome to 18 days of world class music, dance, theatre, visual art, outdoor performances and one or two art forms there probably arenâ€™t names for yet.
A magical feast for the senses will transform the centre of Harrogate. A destination famed for water and its spa history is transformed by the element of fire as part of a spectacular display created by internationally renowned French company, Carabosse. The centrepiece of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Harrogate International Festivals, co-commissioned by Yorkshire Festival and with help from Harrogate Borough Council, the Fire Garden is a magical and sensory experience, set within Harrogate’s Valley Gardens. The beautiful park and gardens will play host to a fiery spectacle of sculptures and installations on a grand scale and visitors will be invited to explore this unique space, enjoying a gloriously atmospheric feast for the senses from these Gallic alchemists. Using flaming flower-pots and cool cast-iron contraptions, Carabosse, with music resonating throughout the night, re-imagine familiar spaces as otherworldly fire-gardens. Roam through blazing landscapes, pass by hand-made metallic inventions and be warmed by red-hot charcoal as these musicians, dreamers, metal-workers, storytellers and old-soul fire-brands create a fairground of fire where you can set your deepest imaginings free. HARROGATE VALLEY GARDENS 23rd - 25th June 2016 at 8pm. Admission: £3 Adults, £1 Under-18s, Under-5s FREE. Call 01423 562303 or go to harrogateinternationalfestivals.com for further information.
FIRE GARDEN COMPAGNIE CARABOSSE FRANCE
“Take paths less travelled, wander at will and let the heat, light and aural delights of these wizards of fire touch your heart and fill up your senses.” AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL yorkshirefestival.co.uk
HANDMADE PARADE & CARDBOARDIA hebden bridge & russia
The 9th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade returns on Sunday 26th June, bigger and with a Russian twist. This yearâ€™s spectacule will have a truly international feel as the local parade team of world-class artists, musicians and performers are joined by Russian artists from Cardboardia â€“ a ficticious young country without territory, but with new strong traditions, in a unique artist residency co-commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival. On June 26th, at the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, Cardboardia will celebrate the opening of its first Embassy on English soil. This residency will be the first stage of a two year project throughout the North of England which will result in creating a Cardboard Town in England. The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade will start at 12 noon with a mini-festival in Calder Holmes Park from 1pm - 4pm. In the lead up to the parade, open costume workshops will run from 4th - 23rd June 2016. Cardboardia will also be coming to Kirklees, watch out for further news. HEBDEN BRIDGE 26th June 2016 at 12 noon. FREE admission. Call 01422 844154 or go to handmadeparade.co.uk for more information.
THE NILE PROJECT NILE RIVER BASIN, AFRICA
“Euphoric.” NEW YORK TIMES
Channelling the unsung beauty of East Africa. Yorkshire Festival presents a European premiere. The Nile Project brings together forward-thinking musicians from the 11 countries across the Nile River Basin, channeling the unsung beauty of East African traditions to create the new sound of a shared Nile identity. Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Egyptian musicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero created this concert experience to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world’s longest river. In the collective’s collaborative compositions, resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river have learned new musical modes, combining the polyrhythmic styles of Lake Victoria and the pointed melodies of the Ethiopian highlands with the rich modal traditions of Egypt and Sudan, that support vocals in more than ten languages. Some of the music shows roots in Arabic culture, some in East African; the words are in various languages, the voices gentle, declamatory and harmonious. The Nile Project is the performing side of a collaboration that also includes education in music and environmental issues, raising awareness of the entire Nile River Basin as an ecosystem. THE ALHAMBRA, BRADFORD 18th June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £18 - £24. Call 01274 432000 or go to bradford-theatres.co.uk for further information and to book tickets. Image: © The Nile Project / Habi Girgis.
Get on your dancing shoes and join Big Disco for a party under the world’s largest disco ball! The world’s biggest disco ball is coming! At 10.33m in diameter, it’s the same size as a three storey house or two adult T-Rex. Suspended from a crane above Duke Studios in Leeds while thousands of people dance to the same track, at the same time, at parties across Yorkshire - this fantastic project aims to set a new world record. The track will be chosen by public vote from a top ten tracklist, selected by DJs, Leeds legends and music industry professionals. Throughout Yorkshire, from nurseries to nursing homes, we want everyone to throw a party. As part of the project, cardboard boxes containing all you need to create your own ‘Little Disco’ will be distributed to get the whole county dancing. Go to thebigdisco.com to download your disco kit and get everything you need to be involved in the world’s biggest party! Join in the fun on 1st July and be part of it in a world record setting attempt. Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival. The Big Disco Ball was designed and built by NEWSUBSTANCE and is on loan from Bestival. DUKE STUDIOS, LEEDS AND ALL OVER YORKSHIRE July 1st 2016. All day and all night. Go to thebigdisco.com for all ticketing options and further information. Image: © Press Association.
BIG DISCO LITTLE DISCO/ CARDBOARD BOX Duke Studios
“It’s the most fabulous Friday of all time!” Duke Studios
PLACE DES ANGES GRATTE CIEL, FRANCE
“Unexpectedly redefining the relationship of people to the city.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 12
A playful and visual spectacle to enchant audiences of all ages. As night falls across the city of Hull, angels begin to appear, high up on the rooftops. They take to the air, magically suspended above the crowd below. The angels start to glide down into the audience, releasing white feathers which float across the sky. Each angel has their own unique character and style and as their aerial antics become more boisterous, the clouds of feathers thicken, creating a sense of awe and wonder. Once the last angel has taken flight, the crowd will be showered with a spectacular explosive display of feather fireworks. The angels leave the audience with a dream-like sea of feathers in which to dance and play after the show. Yorkshire Festival and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 present Place des Anges as the finale of the Yorkshire Festival, in association with Amy Johnson Festival. QUEENS GARDENS, HULL 2nd July 2016 at 9.45pm. FREE - ticketed (limited availability). Go to hull2017.co.uk/placedesanges for further information and to book tickets. Image: ÂŠ Press Association.
NO QUIET PLACE
Soundscapes and sculptural installations throughout The Tetley’s galleries. No Quiet Place explores the environmental and incidental noise which proliferates the physical, sensorial and psychic spaces within our 21st century world. No Quiet Place demonstrates the tension noise creates in everyday life, with some works attempting to control and make sense of it, while others find delight in the background clatter, relinquishing control and embracing cacophony. The exhibition features an intergenerational mix of pioneering artists based in the North of England and internationally, who make mixed media, sound-led artwork. THE TETLEY Runs throughout the festival. FREE admission. Call 0113 320 2323 or go to thetetley.org for further details.
THE TETLEY WEEKENDER
The Tetley Weekender is inspired by No Quiet Place.
A major survey exhibition of one of Britain’s best loved painters, Stanley Spencer. Presented during the 125th anniversary of Spencer’s birth, the exhibition brings together over 70 works spanning his entire career, including rarely-seen self-portraits and extracts from his diaries and writings offering a unique insight into his life and work.
Two days of live performances, hands-on workshops and artist talks. Working with musicians, visual artists and guest-curators, this microfestival of creativity takes noise as a starting point with a programme ranging from live music for the under-fives to experimental sound art for all. During Saturday daytime there will be plenty to keep little rockstars happy, with a special child-friendly gig and hands on noisy workshops. The Saturday evening will feature a great lineup of cutting edge artists and musicians taking club rhythms to strange new places. Then join us on Sunday for a relaxed brunch, artist performances and chilled tunes in the Bar & Kitchen. The Tetley Weekender is an annual micro-festival kicking off summer on Leeds’ South Bank. THE TETLEY 25th and 26th June 2016. FREE admission, some ticketed activities. Call 0113 320 2323 or go to thetetley.org for further details.
An exhibition celebrating life in Spencer’s richly detailed paintings.
The exhibition explores the seemingly conflicting themes that Spencer fused together in his richly detailed paintings, of religion and sexuality, work and leisure, nature and industry, highlighting Spencer’s distinctive view of everyday life. As Spencer himself put it, ‘I am on the side of angels and dirt’. Other highlights are the monumental paintings from the Shipbuilding on the Clyde series created during World War II, and the Empire Marketing Board 1929 series of five paintings, which will be reunited in their entirety for the first time in 36 years. This offers an unparalleled opportunity to see in full this impressive pentaptych on the theme of ‘Peace and Industry’, as several private collectors now own the five works. THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD From 24th June to 3rd July 2016 and beyond. FREE admission.
Images opposite top to bottom: Broken Art Collective, Live Performance, 2015. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley. The Hepworth Wakefield.
Call 01924 247360 or go to hepworthwakefield.org for further details.
The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. This summer, two parks in Bradford will host new Indian gardens, painted directly on to the paving by the acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi. But this Garden Within A Garden does not provide refuge from conflict, or a haven from the outside world. Instead, inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi transforms a public space into zones in which light and dark mix, horror and hope collide. Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, a region that as part of the British Raj enlisted a huge number of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu soldiers to fight on the Western Front. Their experiences of being at war in a distant land and in a hostile climate inform the work that this leading international artist will present in the Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park, next to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and in
City Park, Bradford city centre. There will also be a number of associated events. Qureshi – who uses a delicate style inspired by the history of Pakistani and Indian miniature painting to reflect upon contemporary conflicts and divisions – illuminates the complex interplay between Islamic and European history and culture. These vibrant works remind us that war creates division, but can also bring people together. Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Bradford Museums and Galleries, City of Bradford MDC and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. MUGHAL WATER GARDENS AND CITY PARK Runs throughout the festival. FREE admission. Call 01274 431212 or go to 1418now.org.uk and search ‘qureshi’ for timings. Image: installation view of the Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi (2013). Photography: The Metropolitan Museum of Art /Hyla Skopitz
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THE BRUTALIST PLAYGROUND
ASSEMBLE & SIMON TERRILL PRESENTED BY S1 ARTSPACE An immersive, climbable and conceptual landscape.
of the architects’ original designs and intentions.
The Brutalist Playground, an exhibition by 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, explores post-war design for play. Originally commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this touring exhibition has been reimagined for the international Brutalist icon that is the Park Hill estate in Sheffield. Featuring a brand new commission, it investigates the materiality and visual language of postwar landscapes through an immersive, climbable and conceptual landscape.
S1 ARTSPACE, THE SCOTTISH QUEEN, 21-24 SOUTH STREET, SHEFFIELD S2 5QX
Shifting the focus to the now lost playgrounds found at the foot of large-scale housing estates, it offers a renewed understanding and critique
The Brutalist Playground is made possible by Yorkshire Festival, RIBA, Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, Sheffield Town Trust, Urban Splash and Thornbridge Brewery.
Preview Friday 17th June 6 - 8pm. Launch weekend Saturday 18th Sunday 19th June. Exhibition open Tuesday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm and continues until Sunday 11th September. FREE admission. Call 0114 275 6131 or go to s1artspace.org for further information. Image: © Tristan Fewings / Getty images for RIBA.
Ayla dreams of being a grime MC. Brass-loving Gram is stuck in his chip shop rut. Join us at your local chippy to watch Ayla and Gram sing and dance their way from being like chalk & cheese to hopefully, becoming fish & chips.
Sing London has commissioned celebrated writers and actors to give voice to iconic public statues across Leeds. Pass a talking statue, swipe your phone on a nearby sign and presto: your phone rings. It’s the Black Prince on the line... Or Minerva... Or a lion...
Featuring UK grime, Yorkshire brass and sounds of chip shop life.
Featuring UK grime, Yorkshire brass and sounds of chip shop life with choreography created to marry with the score. Both characters speak and perform lyrically in broad Yorkshire accents. VARIOUS VENUES Runs throughout the festival. Recommended for ages 14+. Go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for further information.
If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?
Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us all. LEEDS CITY CENTRE Runs throughout the festival. Go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for further information.
GOD’S OWN COUNTY
God’s Own County is a collaborative event from Sheffield based arts collectives The Collaborators and The Professors. Huge projections will be shown on the front of Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. The Professors present work developed from the idea that their Yorkshire home presents a contemporary utopia whilst The Collaborators will create work developed from a regional response to the theme of God’s Own County.
Sew Within will see communities come together to create new useable items such as aprons, cushions and bags for life. Workshops will be held at two community centres, involving up to fifteen women from the local area with the aim of encouraging recycling whilst also improving skills. The sessions will involve designing and sewing a finished product to take home, with the hope that these techniques will be passed on from generation to generation.
Huge projections create a contemporary utopia.
Recycling unwanted fabric and materials.
WESTON PARK MUSEUM 16th June 2016. All day.
16th - 19th June 2016 from 10am - 3pm.
Go to thecollaborators.org.uk for further information.
Go to www.yorkshirefestival.com for further information.
Images clockwise from left: Black Prince © Andy Tryner, part of Talking Statues. #chipshopthemusical. God’s Own County.
MELANIE WILSON & FUEL
OPERA FOR THE UNKNOWN WOMAN A bold re-imagining of the operatic form. 300 years from now. World economies have failed. The human vestiges of earth are scattered and defenseless, pursued by flood and famine. In 2016 a group of women from around the world are drawn together by an unearthly power, to forge a future for their planet. Written, directed and co-composed by award winning sound artist, Melanie Wilson, with critically acclaimed Polish composer Katarina Glowicka; Opera for the Unknown Woman is a bold reimagining of the operatic form, weaving together theatre, contemporary classical music, electronics and film. The talented ensemble includes Patricia Rozario OBE and Adey Grummet (Jerry Springer: The Opera, Mr Burns).
This science fiction, multi-media opera channels a performance of vivid imagination and passionate politics into an exhilarating call to action. Written and directed by Melanie Wilson. Co-composed by Melanie Wilson and Katarina Glowicka. Produced by Fuel. Commissioned by Wales Millennium Centre for Festival of Voice and Yorkshire Festival in association with Warwick Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England & Wales. Supported by the Fidelio Trust and Hinrichsen Foundation. Development commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and funded by Arts Council England & PRSF for Music Foundation. Developed in association with Opera North Projects. LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE 22nd - 24th June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 - £19. Call 01484 430528 or go to thelbt.org to book tickets. Image: © Manuel Vason and Stem Design.
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES MR MCFALL'S CHAMBER
An incredible operita by Astor Piazzolla - The King of Tango. To mark Mr McFall’s Chamber’s twentieth anniversary, the group revisits Astor Piazzolla’s operita, María de Buenos Aires. This work represents the very summit of Piazzolla’s nuevo tango. The performance features tenor Nicholas Mulroy and tango singer Juanjo Lopez Vidal as el duende, the narrator of the colourful spoken text by Horacio Ferrer, and Valentina Montoya Martínez as María herself. Directed from the bandoneón by Victor Villena, the performance features a large on-stage band of strings, flute, guitar, piano, and percussion, three incredible vocalists, and a speaking chorus of “brothel keepers, spaghetti makers, brick-layers and psychoanalysts”.
The performance features original film of Buenos Aires street-life by the young Argentine film director Geraldine Comte. This moving backdrop guides the audience through the poetic Spanish libretto. Following the performance, the streets of Buenos Aires will come to life in this stunning venue, as the audience are invited to take to their feet, dance the tango and truly embrace the Argentinian atmosphere. A tango lesson is available prior to the performance - please contact the venue for more details. TENNANTS AUCTION HOUSE, LEYBURN 16th and 17th June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 - £40. Call 01969 623780 or go to tennants.co.uk for further information and to book tickets.
The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent visit from a Government Inspector. Surely the only possible solution is bribery; it seems to have resolved many a sticky situation for the Mayor and his team in the past! But a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control. Could it be that they have met their match in the complicated business of deception? Gogol’s satirical masterpiece is a hilarious riot of corruption, lies and greed that has lost none of its original bite.
The Government Inspector is part of Ramps on the Moon: a ground-breaking touring project that signals a step change in disability arts provision in the UK. Bringing together seven major theatre companies, including Sheffield Theatres, it will change the way theatre made by and for D/deaf and disabled people is seen. These companies are committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work, to accelerate positive change, and stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture. SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE THEATRE 17th June - 25th June 2016 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. 85 minutes no interval. Tickets: £20 - £24. Call 0114 249 6000 or go to sheffieldtheatres.co.uk to book tickets.
RAMPS ON THE MOON
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INTO THE WOODS WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE & OPERA NORTH
A major collaboration from Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In Sondheim’s classic musical, wellknown fairy tale characters collide, but for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and Red Riding Hood, together with a childless baker and his wife, ‘Happily Ever After’ turns out to be far from the end of the story. Whilst all the elements are there – a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn, magic beans and of course the curse of a witch – this is no conventional fairy tale. The familiar find themselves in very unfamiliar circumstances in this darkly comic tale. yorkshirefestival.co.uk
A recent hit movie starring Meryl Streep, Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in their first major collaboration. Featuring the singers of Opera North and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, prepare for a performance that is far more than ‘once upon a time’. WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE 2nd - 25th June 2016. Tickets: £13 - £45. Call 0113 213 7700 or go to wyp.org.uk to book tickets.
WiLd! TUTTI FRUTTI
A fantastic show that unravels the story of a misunderstood boy with ADHD, exploring life within his wild imagination. Writers Guild award winner, Evan Placey, has teamed up with tutti frutti to create a fantastic new play with one actor and one live musician that unravels the story of a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children. The play celebrates all things ‘wild’ with a fabulous sound
track, live music and fresh moves. This show is for everyone aged eight years old and above. For every misunderstood child, their teachers and families up and down the land. From the company who bought you Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray selected by The Guardian as one of the top ten shows to see in 2014. YORK THEATRE ROYAL HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL SQUARE CHAPEL HALIFAX HOLMFIRTH ARTS FESTIVAL Please see tutti-frutti.org.uk for further information. Image: © Jacky Fleming.
THEATRE F ollow Urban Explorers as they take a journey through silent movies. Urban Explorers discover the skeletal remains of a steam locomotive. Inspired, they take a journey through the silent movies of Buster Keaton, the train hijackings of the Wild West, the rooftop stunts of James Bond, the heartbreak of the First World War, and the dark future of inner city commuting. Elsecar Heritage Railway is a unique venue set in stunning scenery and is an ideal setting for this dynamic production.
The Urban Playground Team are the original performance-parkour (2PK) company combining authentic French free-running with dance & physical theatre. Presented in association with The Civic, Barnsley. â€œIncredibly powerful and distinctive direction...strong expressivity, originality and vigour in representing life in the contemporary world.â€? Luca De Fusco, Artistic Director Napoli Teatro Festival Italia ELSECAR HERITAGE RAILWAY CENTRE 25th and 26th June 2016 at 12.30pm and 2pm. FREE admission.
the URBAN PLAYGROUND team
Call 01226 327000 or go to barnsleycivic.co.uk for further information.
FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE 16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
NO QUIET PLACE
GARDEN WITHIN A GARDEN
YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL PLUS
THE BRUTALIST PLAYGROUND
IOU celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new art space at Dean Clough Mills and a series of multimedia shows. Calder Valley, p40
Soundscapes and sculptural installations in The Tetley’s galleries designed to demonstrate the tension noise creates in everyday life. Leeds, p14
A highly personal new work by two of Yorkshire’s most celebrated artists whilst travelling through the landscape that inspired it. East Yorkshire, p41
Two parks in Bradford will host new Indian gardens, painted directly on to the paving by the acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi. Bradford, p16
Lots of unusual and original performances, exhibitions and family activities across the whole county. Locations across Yorkshire, p52
An exhibition by 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, explores post-war design for play. Sheffield, p17
Watch Ayla and Gram sing and dance their way from being like chalk and cheese to hopefully, becoming fish and chips. Locations across Yorkshire, p18
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June TO 3 July
16 June ONLY
16 & 17 June
16 & 17 June
16 TO 19 June
god’s own county
maria de buenos aires
A new sonic artwork about identity using the noise of crowds to question what it means to belong as an individual. Leeds, p39
Huge projections developed in response to the theme of God’s Own County, will be shown on the front of Weston Park Museum. Sheffield, p18
Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango operita featuring tenor Nicholas Mulroy and tango singer Juanjo Lopez Vidal as el duende. Leyburn, p21
In celebration of their 35th year Phoenix Dance Theatre are proud to present a Triple Bill of intense and beautiful works. York, p32
Sew Within will see communities come together to create new things from recycled fabric and materials. Bradford, p18
Pass a statue, swipe your phone and presto: your phone rings. It’s the Black Prince on the line... Or Minerva... Or a lion... Leeds, p18
A fantastic show that unravels the story of a misunderstood boy with ADHD, exploring life within his wild imagination. York, Holmfirth and Hebden Bridge, p24
16 TO 25 June
17 June ONLY
17 to 25 June
18 June ONLY
18 June ONLY
18 TO 20 June
18, 25 june & 3 july
into the woods
THE NILE PROJECT
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Part of a groundbreaking touring project that signals a step change in disability arts provision in the UK. Sheffield, p22
Groups are invited to take part in an event aiming to fill North Yorkshire’s remotest parts with music. North Yorkshire, p35
Presenting the European premiere of a unique collaboration between 15 musicians from across the Nile Delta. Bradford, p8
A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING
Sondheim’s revered wit and intelligence unite Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse in this major collaboration. Leeds, p23
Three of the UK’s most creative, multi award winning musicians create exquisite chamber music that weaves together the essence of folk and jazz. York, p33
Proto-type vent their frustration at the insidious machine of surveillance. Leeds, Barnsley and Huddersfield, p47
A journey astride a tandem bicycle to encourage random acts of kindness in Yorkshire. Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth and Grassington, p39
18 June TO 3 July
18 June TO 3 July
19 June ONLY
22 June ONLY
22 TO 24 June
23 June ONLY
STREET ARTS & CREATURE CARNIVAL
THE GREAT BIG DONCO
A free programme of original, intriguing and engaging outdoor performances. Locations across Yorkshire, p28
See The Great Big Donco assembled and animated with storytelling and song by local people from across Doncaster. Doncaster, p35
Rising from the ashes of the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star formed in 2015 with a sound, and an album From Kinshasa. Leeds, p36
OPERA FOR THE UNKNOWN WOMAN
Rokia’s music draws widely from West African music, rock and pop. Powerful riffs mix with soulful ballads, a glorious voice and exhilarating stage presence. Leeds, p37
A magical feast for the senses will transform the centre of Harrogate. This Fire Garden will be a magical and sensory experience. Harrogate, p4
24 June ONLY
24 June TO 3 July
25 & 26 June
25 TO 26 June
26 June ONLY
28 TO 30 June
HAUSCHKA Expect the unexpected from this leading German composer pianist, known for his compelling live performances. Leeds, p42
THE TETLEY WEEKENDER
From the creators of some of the North of England’s most forward thinking events from sold out shows to art exhibits to all night raves. Leeds, p44
Two days of live performances, handson workshops and artist talks. This is a micro festival of creativity. Leeds, p14
HANDMADE PARADE & CARDBORDIA
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW
A major survey of one of Britain’s best loved painters bringing together over 70 works from his entire career. Wakefield, p14
The Urban Playground Team are the original performance-parkour company combining authentic French freerunning with dance and physical theatre. Barnsley, p25
29 June ONLY
29 June TO 2 July
1 July ONLY
1 TO 3 July
2 July ONLY
A writer, artist and postman tells us about the people and places he encounters on his rounds. Holmfirth, Grassington and Hebden Bridge, p48
23 June TO 1 July
Playful, participatory and intimate work, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments. Leeds, p46
A whip-cracking, highflying, alltwerking night out. Saddle up for the most fun you’ll have this summer. p50
It’s the most fabulous Friday of all time! Get on your dancing shoes and join Big Disco for a party under the world’s largest disco ball! Leeds and across Yorkshire, p10
A science fiction, multi-media opera performance of vivid imagination and passionate politics. Huddersfield, p20
23 TO 25 June
The well-loved street festival returns with a Russian twist in this unique artist residency. Hebden Bridge, p6
A band from New Mexico produce a sound full of colour, grandeur and gutwrenching romance. York, Leeds and Hebden Bridge, p45
2 July ONLY
3 July ONLY
THE JOHN WILSON ELIZA ORCHESTRA CARTHY
PLACE DES ANGES
Celebrating 50 years of Festivals, the Harrogate Music Festival welcomes unique performances from a sensational ensemble. Harrogate, p49
A playful, visual spectacle to enchant audiences of all ages. As night falls across the city, a number of angels appear, high up on the rooftops. Hull, p12
Eliza has revitalised and made folk music relevant to new audiences and has captured the hearts of the most hardened of dissenters. Leeds, p43
Sadler’s Wells presents National Youth Dance Company’s new work by the critically acclaimed choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Leeds, p35
We’re really pleased to be working with great festivals around the county and the Without Walls Associate Touring Network to present a free programme of original, intriguing and engaging outdoor performances.
Celebrate the opening of Holmfirth Arts Festival 2016 with an exotic and vibrant street party in the town that was once home to Fenella, the circus tiger. Handmade Parade and Holmfirth artists have collaborated with the Holme Valley community to create a colourful spectacle of unforgettable sights and sounds, against the backdrop of this beautiful and unique landscape. Join us for a walk on the wild side. HOLMFIRTH ARTS FESTIVAL 18th June 2016, 3pm
Hold On Stefano di Renzo
A show where gravity, counterweight and centrifugal force are tested to new limits. Witness a one man wordless performance of delightful virtuosity where buckets whirl around, cups and balls fly through the air and planks become catapults. Grassington Festival 25th June 2016 Holmfirth Arts Festival 26th June 2016
Bill & Bobby Stopgap Dance Company
Bill & Bobby is a tribute to the star partnership of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Referencing a scene from their musical comedy masterpiece Swing Time, two dancers will take you through a whistle stop tour of a bygone era, when the performers did it for the audience. Grassington Festival 25th June 2016
The Wheel House Acrojou
A ‘tender, post-apocalyptic love story’, The Wheel House is a unique, rolling acrobatic-theatre show, which unfolds inside and around a stunning circular home as it travels with the audience walking alongside. An enchanting story set in a gently comic dystopian future at a time where survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands, and above all, friendship. Image left: The Wheel House © Steve Edwin
Shipley Street Arts Festival 1st and 2nd July 2016 Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 3rd July 2016
Of Man and Beast Company Chameleon
A powerful, sensitive and revealing look at male group dynamics, Of Man and Beast uncovers the many faces of man – strength, camaraderie, vulnerability. Five exceptional male performers showcase a unique physical dance style. Grassington Festival 25th June 2016 Holmfirth Arts Festival 26th June 2016
Red Shoes Upswing
Red Shoes is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale, turning it into a rich piece of visual storytelling. Blending the circus techinques of Chinese pole and dance, it follows two girls as they get lost in a magical landscape of a forest where they stray from the path and lose themselves but ultimately find rescue in each other’s strength. Holmfirth Arts Festival 25th June 2016
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Reliquary Avanti Display
People of Yorkshire! Imagine a bejeweled casket making its enigmatic way around your town and wondering who are they? What is that? Just what’s going on here? Now imagine the thrill of being chosen to peep inside whilst others can only stand and gawp, slack jawed. ‘What can be inside?’ you hear them cry. Shipley Street Arts Festival 1st - 3rd July 2016
Smoke Plunge boom
A man moves amongst members of the public. Gradually smoke begins to creep from out of his trouser leg. He gives his leg a shake and the smoke stops. But what starts as a tiny wisp, ends up as an all-consuming plume. Can you help him out before he disappears completely? Coastival Special Scarborough, 2nd July 2016
Big Licks Brass Band Big Licks are a lively, funky band, made up of brilliant jazz musicians from across the north of England. Inspired by the wave of fantastic brass bands that are popping up across the country, Big Licks play a mix of pop and jazz tunes, in true New Orleans style, taking elements of brass music from across the world to create a fusion of sounds to a street near you.
Coastival Special Scarborough, 2nd July 2016
MARVELLOUS Imaginary Menagerie Les Enfants Terrible
Roll up, roll up, for the most mysterious, magical and magnificent experience of your life! An enormous exotic caravan has suspiciously arrived in town complete with strange characters that entertain, amuse and beguile. Are you ready to watch and learn from Les Enfants Terribles’ Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie? Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2nd July 2016
The Lift Wet Picnic
Everyday a million moments sweep past with the blink of an eye; snatched conversations, passing images and whispered encounters. But what would happen if we could capture these moments? The Lift envelops its audience, welcoming them into a world of captured moments, giving them a surreal experience that they won’t forget. COASTIVAL SPECIAL Scarborough, 2nd July 2016 Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 3rd July 2016
All street arts shows are mainly performed in the afternoon in the centre of the towns named – please see websites of each festival for details. Yorkshire Festival is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, which extends the reach and benefits of the Without Walls programme, bringing high-quality outdoor work to audiences across England. All the companies on these and the previous two pages are from the Without Walls catalogue*. Go to withoutwalls.uk.com/atn for more information on the work of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network. *except Creature Carnival and Big Licks Brass Band.
DANCE In celebration of their 35th year, Phoenix Dance Theatre are proud to present a Triple Bill of intense, funny and beautiful works. Shakespeare’s timeless themes of desire, duplicity and unrequited love are brought to life in Kate Flatt’s Undivided Loves. Fusing sound, words and dance, Shakespeare’s most intimate, mysterious and radical sonnets are reimagined to Adriano Adewale’s vibrant and
percussive score. In contrast, Dutch/ Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili reworks his piece, Until.With/Out.Enough, which explores the concept of the enclosed space that exists within our minds. Finally, the quirky and playful Bloom by award winning choreographer Caroline Finn explores the darkly comic expressions of life and humanity. YORK THEATRE ROYAL 16th - 17th June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 - £22. Call 01904 623568 or go to yorktheatreroyal.co.uk for more information and to book tickets. Image: © Richard Moran Photography.
PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE
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JUNE TABOR, IAIN BALLAMY & HUW WARREN
Experience a unique tribute to the power of song. Three of the UK’s most creative, multi award-winning musicians create exquisite chamber music that weaves together the essence of folk and jazz. Drawing on their life’s work including original compositions, traditional folk songs and reclaimed standards, Quercus subtly colours each song to create a magical atmosphere. Winner of the BBC Folk Awards Singer of the Year, June Tabor rose to fame in the mid 70s, working with the likes of Maddy Prior and the Oyster Band. Listed in the BBC’s 100 Jazz Legends, Iain Ballamy is one of the UK’s most widely celebrated jazz musicians and yorkshirefestival.co.uk
composers and pianist Huw Warren’s enticing music has led to collaborations with Maria Pia de Vito, Mark Feldman and Erik Truffaz. Together they create poignant music that forges June’s passionate voice with Iain’s mellifluous melodies and Huw’s off-kilter musicality, to tell of life’s bitter sweet tales. “...clarity, stillness and deep but fragile sound. [Tabor’s voice] is a unique tribute to the power of song.” The Guardian NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC, YORK 17th June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £20, concesssions £18. Call 01904 658338 or go to ncem.co.uk to book tickets.
Play flute on Flamborough Head or a guitar solo in Grassington, record a recital in Reeth or sing in Swaledale. North Yorkshire’s music groups are invited to take part in Play Far Away Day which will see remote spots in North Yorkshire, from prehistoric rocks to heather moorland and rugged beaches, playing host to live music performances. Organised by youth music development charity, NYMAZ, the aim of the day is to demonstrate that everyone should have access to music, no matter how rural their location, whilst also fundraising for youth music projects across the county. Heidi Johnson, director, NYMAZ explains “We are planning a really exciting day which showcases the dramatic landscapes of North Yorkshire, alongside the many talents of our residents!” Come along to a mini-concert, follow our adventures on Twitter #playfarawayday, and help support local music projects. ALL OF NORTH YORKSHIRE Saturday 18th June 2016. FREE admission. Call 01904 543382 or go to nymaz.org.uk/playfarawayday for details of how your music group can participate.
THE GREAT BIG DONCO What is a Donco? You mean you’ve never heard of a Donco?
The legendary creature of old Danum (Doncaster) town and borough. Up snickett, down dale, hiding in pinfolds and splashing in the Don. The Donco is a mythical, nomadic creature of yore to be created from the imaginations of local professional artists and communities. See The Great Big Donco assembled and animated before your eyes with storytelling and song by local people from all across the Doncaster borough in this special outdoor performance. The Great Big Donco is a Right Up Our Street project, all about Doncaster people choosing, making, seeing and sharing brilliant cultural ideas. From poetry to performance, film to radio, sculpture to design, technology to physical activity, they work with the people of Doncaster to make all sorts of art and performance happen in surprising and exciting ways. DONCASTER TOWN CENTRE 19th June 2016. FREE admission. Call 01302 558048 or go to rightupourstreet.org.uk for further information.
IN-NOCENTES NATIONAL YOUTH DANCE COMPANY
40 young dancers move through space with a shared intention. Now in its fourth year, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) has established a reputation for producing high quality performances from a company of dancers who are expressive and brave, shaping the future of dance in this country. As part of the Yorkshire Festival Sadler’s Wells proudly presents NYDC’s new work by the critically acclaimed Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and NYDC 2015-16 Guest Artistic Director, Michael Keegan-Dolan, award winning Founder and Artistic Director of the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. Set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter, In– Nocentes sees Keegan-Dolan utilise the clarity, integrity and power of 40 young dancers moving through space with a shared intention. KeeganDolan’s daring and original approach, coupled with the raw talent of the dancers, illustrates the dynamic energy and imagination that young people bring to the creation of a new work. Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre 3rd July 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12. Call 0113 220 8008 or go to theatreleeds.com for further information and to book tickets.
Images opposite top to bottom: #playfarawayday. Nocentes - National Youth Dance Company.
MBONGWANA STAR DR CONGO
Thrillingly wrong-footing Congolese music.
Rising from the ashes of the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star formed in 2015 with a sound, and an album From Kinshasa, unlike anything that went before in the fertile Congolese music scene. Echoing rhythm patterns, heavily distorted vocals and feedback mix with gorgeous vocal melodies and distinctive Congolese lilt.
Working with Parisian producer Liam Farrell, Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza of Mbongwana Star, have produced an album that pulls together traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and electronics to glorious, unpredictable and uncategorisable effect. “Astonishing.” The Independent Part of the Songlines Series presented in association with Songlines magazine, Yorkshire Festival and Howard Assembly Room. Songlines magazine is the definitive magazine for world music.
HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM 22nd June 2016 at 7.45pm. Tickets: £15. Call 0844 848 2727 or go to howardassemblyroom.co.uk for further information or to book tickets. Image: © Florent de La Tullaye.
MUSIC Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Rokia Traoré’s first appearance at the Howard Assembly Room in 2013 was one of the most electrifying performances ever seen in the venue. Her highly anticipated return follows the release of her new album Né So, a follow up to 2013’s ecstatically received Beautiful Africa. Her music draws widely from West African music, rock and pop. Powerful riffs and unrelenting refrains mix with soulful ballads, a glorious voice and
exhilarating stage presence. Currently living between Bamako, Brussels and Paris, Traoré’s artistic collaborators have included Kronos Quartet, Damon Albarn, Devendra Banhart, and John Paul Jones. “Rokia rocks, and it’s a fine and bracing thing to hear.” The Independent on Sunday Part of the Songlines Series presented in association with Songlines magazine, Yorkshire Festival and Howard Assembly Room. Songlines magazine is the definitive magazine for world music.
HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM 23rd June 2016 at 7.45pm. Tickets: £20. Call 0844 848 2727 or go to howardassemblyroom.co.uk for further information or to book tickets. Image: © Danny Willems.
ROKIA TRAORÉ MALI
RANDOM CREATIVE ACTS CRITICS doing, knowing is OF KINDNESS Seeing, an arts intervention to A series of interactive pop-up duets.
develop confidence in art criticism among children.
Them Two Dance have embarked upon a journey astride their tandem bicycle to encourage the occurrence of Random Acts of Kindness in Yorkshire.
The project encourages children’s deep engagement with art, celebrates their voices, showcases their responses and develops critical appreciation, communication and writing skills.
Them Two Dance ask for your help in this series of interactive pop-up duets. They ask you to be kind, to be random, and to help them if they get a puncture. This quirky and funny duo have been performing together since 2012, making high-quality, physically demanding dance work specifically for the outdoors and unusual spaces. Help them change the world, one random act of kindness at a time. This work has been co-commissioned by Yorkshire Dance Amplified, The Civic Barnsley & Yorkshire Festival with a commitment to working and developing audiences for outdoor work in Yorkshire and the North of England. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. HOLMFIRTH, HEBDEN BRIDGE AND GRASSINGTON FESTIVALS Go to the individual festival websites for further information.
The project comes to Yorkshire Festival, directed by Christina Birt Projects, in co-production with Company of Angels and delivered in partnership with Battyeford Primary School, Birkby Junior School and the Yorkshire Post. The young critics will attend performances during the festival (including Opera for the Unknown Woman, The Nile Project and Random Acts of Kindness) and produce reviews which will be available in The Yorkshire Post online and on the Yorkshire Festival website. Seeing, doing, knowing provides children with a landscape to discuss art “paying close attention to it, trying to capture it in words had clearly given them a genuine sense of ownership over what they had seen... confidence to trust their own curiosity, their own reactions”. Judith Mackrell, The Guardian ACROSS YORKSHIRE Runs throughout the festival. Go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for further information.
Images clockwise from top: Invisible Flock © Ed Waring. Creative Critics. Random Acts of Kindness.
105+ decibels; the sound level at which individual voices are lost in a crowd. A new sonic artwork about identity, place and participation, using the noise of crowds to question what it means to belong as an individual and as a mass by capturing the 3D sound of a major football game and recreating its unique sonic architecture in public spaces. Using a custom built array of microphones positioned around the stadium, an exact spatial replica is captured of the scale and location of individual voices and the roar of the crowd in 3D space. Rebuilt in the city; transporting the noise of the match for replay in a central location. Navigate the roar of the crowd, walking around it as a sculpture, a massive piece of public art, a playful interaction for thousands of people of all ages. Reprogramming sound in civic and public space, and harnessing the popularity of football to create dialogue in unexpected places. Invisible Flock are an interactive arts organisation based in Leeds. 105+dB is supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and Leeds United FC. Commissioned by East Street Arts (Leeds), l’Entorse (Lille, France) and Vooruit (Ghent, Belgium) as part of Ex[s] ports, funded by EU – Creative Europe. LEEDS Go to invisibleflock.com for further information.
Image: © Yvonne Roberts
Sculpture, music and interactive digital works. Halifax based IOU celebrates its 40th anniversary with the launch of a brand new art space at Dean Clough Mills and a series of multimedia shows along the Calder Valley. IOU make live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms together with new and innovative technology. All aspects of the work are originated by the company and devised for unusual indoor and outdoor locations as well as established touring venues and galleries. Led by one of the original founder members, David Wheeler, IOU has excited and delighted diverse audiences all over Europe. IOU is a producing organisation making original work across art forms including sculpture, music, theatre, interactive digital works and virtual worlds. IOU creates original and unpredictable art works to
engage audiences and artists to change perspectives and share in curiosity and wonder. IOU creates immersive work locally and nationally for both the indoor and outdoor settings, in established and non-traditional arts spaces. Starting at IOU’s new Studio, Gallery & Making Space in Halifax and travelling along the valley to the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and on to the Unitarian Church in Todmorden, IOU will show three popular installations; Speaking Tubes, including the premiere of Vortex with Yannis Kyriakides, Vessel 1 and 2 and Long Division. Enjoy first hand the work of one of Yorkshire’s leading companies. VARIOUS LOCATIONS ACROSS YORKSHIRE 23rd June - 3rd July 2016 and beyond. FREE admission. Please see ioutheatre.org for futher information. Image: © Percy Dean.
EXPERIENTIAL A collaboration from composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison.
on a uniquely personal artistic journey through the Yorkshire countryside. You can also start your journey from Hull, so the choice is yours.
Experience a highly personal new work by two of Yorkshire’s most celebrated artists whilst travelling through the landscape that inspired it.
Fancy creating your own Sonic Journey? Go to sonicjourneys.co.uk and get involved.
Internationally acclaimed composer Gavin Bryars and poet Blake Morrison join forces to create a new work inspired by, and to be experienced on, the train from Goole to Hull. Simply download the exclusive free track from www.sonicjourneys.co.uk to your personal device, board the train at Bryars’ birthplace Goole and embark
A Yorkshire Festival / Sound UK commission. Funded by Arts Council England. Produced by Sound UK. THE TRAIN JOURNEY BETWEEN GOOLE AND HULL (both directions) Runs throughout the festival and beyond. FREE downloadable event. Download available from 16th June. Go to sonicjourneys.co.uk for further information. Image: © Sara Teresa.
SONIC JOURNEY GAVIN BRYARS & BLAKE MORRISON
Expect the unexpected from this leading German composer pianist. Known for his compelling live performances, Hauschka channels the spirit of John Cage’s prepared piano. Opening up his instrument, he playfully performs public operations on its innards using ping pong balls and gaffer tape in search of new colours and textures. Lately he has taken inspiration from house and techno and employed electronic processing to take these sounds even further from their acoustic origins.
For his return to the Howard Assembly Room, the entrancing German experimental pianist brings together artists who are opening up different pathways through a new musical zone where electronica, ambient, postclassical and song meet. “…some of the most chilling, bone-shiveringly beautiful compositions you’ll hear all year.” Best Fit on album Abandoned City Part of the Songlines Series presented in association with Songlines magazine, Yorkshire Festival and Howard Assembly Room. Songlines magazine is the definitive magazine for world music.
HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM 24th June 2016 at 7.45pm. Tickets: £15. Call 0844 848 2727 or go to howardassemblyroom.co.uk for further information or to book tickets. Image: © Mareike Foecking.
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ELIZA CARTHY AND THE WAYWARD BAND
One of the most dazzling and recognised folk musicians of a generation. She has revitalised and made folk music relevant to new audiences and has captured the most hardened of dissenters with canny, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Twice-nominated for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize with 1998’s Red Rice and 2003's Anglicana, Eliza is also the winner of more than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her fiddle playing soaring with visceral, intricate melody; her voice charged with deep soul and emotion; an eleven-piece band of living legends by her side: Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Tour has been a call to arms. She’s back, delivering a set of traditional material drawn from her
stunning career and chart topping ‘Best Of’ double album, Wayward Daughter. Bursting with some of the finest players in recent times, The Wayward Band brings musicians together from Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II, Emily Portman Trio, Peatbog Fairies, Dreams of Tall Buildings and Tyde. “When Eliza Carthy is at her best there’s no one better. And this is Eliza Carthy at her best.” FRoots Part of the Songlines Series presented in association with Songlines magazine, Yorkshire Festival and Howard Assembly Room. Songlines magazine is the definitive magazine for world music.
HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM 2nd July 2016 at 7.45pm. Tickets: £17.50. Call 0844 848 2727 or go to howardassemblyroom.co.uk for further information or to book tickets.
WORLD ISLAND Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House are two of Leeds’ most forward thinking venues. World Island is a bespoke programme for the Yorkshire Festival curated by SUPER Friendz, creators of some of the North of England’s most forward thinking events from sold out shows from art exhibits to all night raves. June 23rd sees the return of DJ, producer and multi instrumentalist Quantic to the Belgrave Music Hall with his unique take blending world music with jazz, funk and hip hop. Headrow House hosts one man percussive explosion, NAH, on Saturday 25th June, programming blistering beats from behind his drum kit, as well as psychedelic folk collective Trembling Bells on June 28th.
One of the most highly anticipated events will be the return of Saul Williams to Yorkshire for the first time in nearly a decade, playing Belgrave Music Hall on Friday 1st July. A multi instrumentalist, poet, author, actor, producer and collaborator with the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin and Allen Ginsburg to name just a few, his latest record MartyrLoserKing is already being lauded as one of the best of the year a totally unmissable experience. HEADROW HOUSE AND BELGRAVE MUSIC HALL 25th and 28th June and 1st July 2016. Go to belgravemusichall.com or headrowhouse.com for further information. Image: © Tom Joy.
MUSIC Ballads and instrumentals featuring trademark accordion and violin.
violinist Heather Trost come back together in 2016 with new material and tracks from their back-catalogue ahead of a new album.
For the last 15 years A Hawk and A Hacksaw, a band from New Mexico, have immersed themselves deeply in the musical traditions of Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, resulting in a sound full of colour, grandeur and gut-wrenching romance. The richness of dance numbers featuring accordion and violin, contrasts with eerie and finely balanced ballads and dulcimerladen instrumentals. Accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes, who has spent the last two years touring with indie rock legends Neutral Milk Hotel, and
“So ebullient and full of character that by the time it’s over you feel like you’ve caught a glimpse of the type of joyful festivity that always feels most rewarding after a long journey.” Pitchfork Part of the Songlines Series presented in association with Songlines magazine, Yorkshire Festival and Howard Assembly Room. Songlines magazine is the definitive magazine for world music.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival HOWARD ASSEMBLY ROOM National Centre for Early Music 28th - 30th June 2016 at 7.45pm in above order. Tickets: £15. Go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for further information.
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW WITH SUPPORT
One woman’s journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. From an artist whose previous work includes building a giant dress out of cake with over 2,000 people in a shopping centre for two days and sharing stories with people inside a 7ft ball of hair, Salt is sure to be an unmissable performance. Selina’s work is playful, participatory and intimate, focused on the politics of identity, and how this defines our bodies, lives and environments.
In February, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the tours of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back. Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. Supported by Arts Council England, and 200 kind and generous supporters who donated towards our voyage across the Atlantic. STAGE @ LEEDS 29th June 2016 at 7.45pm. Ticket: £12, £10 concessions.
Call 0113 343 8730 or go to stage.leeds.ac.uk to book. Image: © Richard Davenport 2016.
A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING
PROTO-TYPE THEATER A combination of original text, film and classified intelligence. “I want you to know what’s happening…” From what might be a news desk, an office, a bedroom, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre, two people reporters, senators, freedom fighters, or just… well… concerned citizens like you - think about what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil. A Machine they’re Secretly Building charts a course from the Top Secret secrets of WWI intelligence (via the moon, 1972’s Chess World Championships, a disco in Oklahoma and the cafeteria at CERN) through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden and to the terror of a future that might already be upon us.
Proto-type have combined original text and classified intelligence documents with film from digital artist Adam York Gregory and music and sound design by Paul J. Rogers, to vent their frustration at the insidious machine of surveillance. A Machine they’re Secretly Building is about how we got to the point where our governments are spying on us and how that’s changing who we are. THE CIVIC, BARNSLEY HUB, LEEDS LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE, HUDDERSFIELD 18th - 20th June 2016 at 7.30pm in above order. Go to proto-type.org for further information and to book tickets go to the venue websites. Image: © Proto-type and Adam York Gregory.
RECORDED DELIVERY KEVIN BONIFACE
A unique snapshot of contemporary Yorkshire. Award winning writer, artist and Huddersfield postman Kevin Boniface takes to the road to produce a series of monologues (audio and visual) about the people and places he encounters on his rounds. This will build into a unique snapshot of contemporary Yorkshire where One Direction perfume for under a tenner is not to be sniffed at, where the man on the bus confides he could never eat Weetabix without sugar and where there is an underlying murmur of people in tight shorts commenting on the warm weather to come.
This downloadable content will be delivered via a series of prompts and triggers in post offices and on postboxes, trains and buses. Starting out from his Huddersfield home and workplace, Kevin will journey to his hometown of Holmfirth, visit Grassington during the Tour de Yorkshire, ending up in the most contemporary of the market towns, Hebden Bridge. The project will be documented by filmmaker, Ed Cotterill. HOLMFIRTH, HEBDEN BRIDGE AND GRASSINGTON FESTIVALS Go to the individual festival websites for further information.
MUSIC The John Wilson Orchestra Celebrating 50 years of Festivals, the Harrogate Music Festival welcomes back The John Wilson Orchestra and conductor John Wilson as their Artists in Residence, for a weekend of exclusive access and performances with a unique hand-picked ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. In Conversation with John Wilson Friday 1st July, Cairne Hotel at 7.30pm. Hear from John Wilson, the man behind The John Wilson Orchestra as he talks to British music journalist Ed Seckerson about his passion for film music and the restoration of scores of classic film musicals. Tickets: £15.
John Wilson Orchestra: Gershwin in Hollywood Saturday 2nd July, Royal Hall at 8pm. A sensational show celebrating the genius of George Gershwin. Featuring some of his greatest hits in their sumptuous original film orchestrations. Tickets: £30 - £48. Boxes: £90 - £123. Join John Wilson, his orchestra and special guests in an exclusive post show reception for just £8. Only available with purchase of a full concert ticket.
Afternoon Tea Dance with the John Wilson Orchestra Sunday 3rd July, Royal Hall at 3.30pm. With music made popular by the likes of Geraldo, Ted Heath and Jo Loss, you can dance the afternoon away or simply sit back and enjoy the wonderful music. Tickets: £25. ROYAL HALL AND CAIRN HOTEL Harrogate, 1st - 3rd July 2016. Call 01423 562303 or go to harrogateinternationalfestivals.com to book tickets. Image: © Chris Christodoulou.
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Saddle up for the most fun you’ll have this summer. Welcome to The Raunch direct from London’s South Bank. A whip-cracking, high-flying, all-twerking, rodeo-rocking night out, starring legendary cabaret performer Empress Stah as The Bad Sherriff alongside the Most Wanted of the international cabaret and circus scene and featuring a toe tapping, disco-hoedown soundtrack. The Raunch also stars Alternative Miss World Fancy Chance as The Condemned; hip-hop, rappingtapping dancing twins My Bad Sister as The Bar Room Beauties; international sword-swallowing femme-fatale Jewels Good as The Madame of the Saloon; Albino ivory-tinkler Stephen Thompson as The Ghost Rider; daring circus superstar Mike Corr as The Cockfighter; and the indescribably irreverent Mr Teds as The Unwanted. Age 18+. For the fun hearted, not the faint hearted! Presented by Yorkshire Festival, Underbelly Productions and Zero Central. SECRET LOCATION 29th June - 2nd July 2016. Go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for futher information. Image: © David Levine 2016.
YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL PLUS
Lots of unusual and original performances, exhibitions and family activities form Yorkshire Festival Plus. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer – go to yorkshirefestival.co.uk for the full line up.
The Slambovian Northern Soul Circus of Weekender Dreams Direct from the USA, a rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”. Melodic avant-folk with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge cinematic anthems. Pocklington Arts Centre 22nd June 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets: £14.
Six rooms featuring northern soul with floor-packing memories, plus the best in modern and crossover soul; rare and underplayed northern soul gems; Mod, R&B, Boogaloo, Clubroom and dedicated Motown sessions. After the outstanding success of last year’s event the East Coast Soul Club proudly celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary. Bridlington Spa 24th – 26th June 2016. Tickets start from £30.
Shoes: Pleasure EDUARDO NIEBLA and Pain
If you don’t know the stunning guitar playing of Eduardo Niebla, you’re in for a treat. If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers, fusing flamenco gypsy jazz with a myriad of classical and Indian colours. “Exquisite guitar playing” The Guardian THE JUNCTION, GOOLE 17th June 2016 at 8pm. Tickets: £12.
Organised by the V&A, it will display more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada, many from the V&A’s unrivalled collection. The Bowes Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage this exhibition. The Bowes Museum Runs throughout the festival.
Brontë 200 & Poetaster 2016 sees the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The Brontë Society is marking this with a year-long programme of events and activities at her former home of Haworth Parsonage. 2016 also marks the launch of Brontë 200, a programme celebrating the bicentenaries of each of the Brontë siblings. During the Yorkshire Festival, Poetaster: the Charlotte Brontë Festival of Lyric and Verse presents an extravaganza of performance and entertainment, focusing on the latest talents from Yorkshire and the north of England. Brontë Parsonage Museum 2nd and 3rd July 2016. FREE admission.
SUMMER SOLSTICE Celebrate the arrival of summer with an exclusive after-hours curator-led sunset viewing of the first major exhibition in the UK by Swiss artist Not Vital. The gallery tour is followed by a special sunset viewing in James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace, inspired by Not Vital’s sculpture House to Watch the Sunset.
Tickets: Adult £10.50. YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK 17th June 2016. Tickets: £8.
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Thanks for being part of it Yorkshire Festival 2016 has been made possible by the financial support of Arts Council England and local authorities across Yorkshire. We thank them, the many artists, participants and volunteers who are taking part and you, the audience, for being part of it! Welcome to the most exciting cultural festival Yorkshire has ever seen. We are proud to present an explosive programme of events which includes some UK exclusives and even the chance to break a world record. We are sure there is something for everyone with an eclectic mix of dance, film, performance and arts across streets and cities, in villages and halls, touching every corner of Yorkshire this summer. Come and be part of it! Sir Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire Yorkshire Festival 2016 is a celebration of creativity and community. Building on the success of the first festival in 2014, which reached thousands of local people, it will captivate audiences with a huge range of events showcasing the very best of our region’s arts and culture. On behalf of all the supporting organisations, we’re excited to be involved in what we hope will become one of the UK’s largest cultural festivals, especially as we get the message out to the world that Yorkshire is open for business, and welcomes visitors to join us to celebrate the richness of our cultural offer.
LOCAL AUTHORITY PARTNERS
Cllr Tim Swift Leader of Calderdale Council Arts Council England is really proud to be supporting Yorkshire Festival 2016. The 2014 edition of the festival was a stunning success with hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors alike enjoying the world class art and culture that Yorkshire has to offer. The 2016 Yorkshire Festival looks set to replicate that success with some really exciting international, regional and local arts events which will act as a fine curtain raiser to the region hosting the UK City of Culture 2017 in Hull. I would urge people to get out and experience what the festival has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.
Sarah Maxfield Arts Council England
FESTIVAL STEERING GROUP Many thanks to the Yorkshire Festival Steering Group without whose help, advice and support the festival would not have been possible. Members Chair David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood Vice Chair Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council Wendy Holroyd, Create Arts Development Martin Green, Hull 2017 UK City of Culture Zodwa Nyoni, Writer Simon Wallis, The Hepworth Wakefield Dan Bates, Sheffield Theatres Sam Nicholls, Leeds Beckett University Susan Pitter, Communications Consultant Syima Aslam, Bradford Literature Festival Clare Slattery, Calderdale Council Yorkshire Festival 2016 Team Artistic Director: Matt Burman Producers: Mark Fielding and Rosalind Coleman Festival Coordinator: Emily Farlam Design: Will Hodgson Marketing Manager: Danielle Ramsey Press Officer: Jo Francisco Digital: Pete Wilson and Tom Ashurst
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Welcome to 18 days of world class music, dance, theatre, visual art, outdoor performances and one or two art forms there probably arenâ€™t names for yet. We want you to join us, be part of it, bring your friends and family, share as well as enjoy the experience and help us celebrate the very best of Yorkshire creativity.