Square Chapel Arts Centre

Routes Festival 2019 at Square Chapel Arts

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Routes Festival is a family friendly event that provides a platform for young musicians aged 12-24 to showcase their talents on an open and accessible stage. This year on Saturday 22 June, 1:00pm-7:45pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre,  there will be live music across two stages throughout the day, encompassing a wide range of musical styles – from pop to indie, metal to acoustic.

See some of Calderdale’s most talented young people! Plus there’ll be a special festival food offer available from the Square Chapel café bar throughout the day.

Tickets at just £4 can be booked online or by calling the Box Office on 01422 349422 open
Mon – Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 12pm – 8pm

Gig Buddies Receives 2 Years Continuation Funding to Continue to Tackle Social Isolation

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In March Gig Buddies Calderdale was pleased to receive 2 years continuation funding to expand the team and continue to tackle social isolation in Calderdale.

Gig Buddies Calderdale has been going strong since it launched as a pilot project in June 2017. Led by Gig Buddies and Engagement Coordinator Gemma Hailwood-McCallion, based at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, the aim was to try to address the barriers that prevent people with a learning disability accessing local arts and entertainment. The scheme has proved popular and as a result, has been awarded a two-year continuation fund of £46,000 from the Henry Smith Trust as well as continuation funding from Calderdale Council, to help expand the team and continue its work in the community. The project has also confirmed its very first ambassador – the stage and screen actor Darren Jeffries.

Gig Buddies Coordinator, Gemma Hailwood-McCallion said: “Gig Buddies has been a wonderful project to be involved with and has reached out to so many people who were otherwise isolated and bored in their homes. We’ve been able to go out into mainstream venues to enable people to have a great time in a safe environment, just like everybody else does! It’s been fabulous working with such a dedicated and fun group of volunteers without whom, the project would simply not have worked. I am excited to be expanding the team for Calderdale, to our quest to help people ‘Stay Up Late’. What is also hugely exciting about where we are now, is that we have our very first ambassador; Darren Jeffries has been along to some of our socials and has been a real hit! It’s great to hear that we are appealing to more and more people who can help us spread the word about Gig Buddies.

Stage and screen actor & Gig Buddies Ambassador, Darren Jeffries said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be ambassador for Gig Buddies Calderdale. As a lover of live music, comedy and theatre, the idea of anyone being denied access to these life-affirming experiences because of circumstances beyond their control is frustrating and unfair. I’ll be supporting the Gig Buddies team every step of the way, as well as looking forward to plenty more memorable evenings with our brilliant Gig Buddies members.

Pioneered by Brighton-based Charity Stay Up Late, Gig Buddies connects people with a learning disability with volunteers who share a similar passion for entertainment, culture and live events; and supports them to access all the great events and gigs going on in the community.

Since the birth of Gig Buddies Calderdale, the scheme has matched over twenty-five pairs of buddies, held fifteen social events which have introduced over fifty people to the local entertainment scene, connecting people who may have otherwise missed out on the growing number of events that have been showcased in Calderdale over the past two years.

The funding, that has been awarded by the London based Henry Smith Trust and is being administered by the Calderdale Community Foundation, will enable the project to match even more pairs of buddies, increase the number of social events and expand the team by creating two new post to support the continued work.

The new roles include a Project Assistant and a Quality Checker, the latter being a role for a person with a learning disability. This will enable the team to ensure the work being done and the way in which it’s being doing done, is accessible to the people it seeks to engage with.

The Gig Buddies initiative is funded by Adult Health and Social Care, The Henry Smith Trust as well as the West Yorkshire Business Consortium. The partnership with Square Chapel Arts Centre, Calderdale Council and the Brighton based charity Stay Up Late will continue for a further two years.

For anyone wanting more information about Gig Buddies Calderdale or to become a ‘Gig Buddy’, please contact Gemma Hailwood-McCallion gemma@squarechapel.co.uk, or call 01422 353073.

Pond Life as Part of the Up North Film and Television Festival at Square Chapel

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Pond Life (15) will be shown Friday 3 May-Thursday 9 May at various times in the Copper & Red Brick Auditorium at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

It’s summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village in Yorkshire. Trevor is treading on everyone’s toes at home as misfit Pogo is trying to make sense of the world. Lovesick Malcolm is trying to mend his broken heart and best friends Shane and David have nothing better to do. When rumours of a giant carp at the local ponds begin to swirl about town, this young community, led by Trevor, embark on a fishing expedition they will never forget.

With breakout performances by a cast of rising stars, and an evocative original score by Richard Hawley, this bittersweet debut feature sits alongside Billy Elliott and Brassed Off in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities.

This event is part of the Square Chapel Up North: Film & Television Festival.

For more information and to book tickets at £7-£5 visit https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/pond-life/

 

Illuminating Halifax – Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Minster and more…

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Square Chapel, The Piece Hall and The Halifax Minster present

Illuminating Halifax

Fri 07 Dec—Mon 10 Dec
Times: Various at Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Piece Hall & Halifax Minster

Tickets: Free

This December Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Minster and The Piece Hall, are lighting up their buildings in one mesmerising weekend of spectacular light.

 

Square Chapel Arts Centre

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December

6pm | 7pm | 8pm | 9pm

Free to attend

Square Chapel Art Centre’s copper building will come to life in a 10 minute light and sound spectacular celebrating 30 years of the arts centre.


Halifax Minster

Sunday 9 December: 5.30pm | 6.30pm | 7.30pm | 8.30pm

Monday 10 December: 3.30pm | 4.30pm | 5.30pm | 6.30pm

Free to attend

Ceiling illumination at the Halifax Minster

Three Harps of Christmas at Halifax Minster

Monday 10 December, 8:00pm

Tickets £15

Join internationally renowned harpist Ruth Wall as she takes you on a candlelit journey through carols, medieval and new music on concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp at the wonderful Halifax Minster.

Book now


The Piece Hall

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

From dusk | Free to attend

The Piece Hall will house a frosted Christmas light installation that will illuminate using the beautiful historical cloth hall as a backdrop.

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

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Square Chapel Arts Centre is showing on Friday 12 October, 8:00pm a hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).

It’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for the bits about depression.

Pay What You Can £20-£1 for tickets through the Box Office on 01422 349422.

Illustrated Historical Talk: Ann Walker’s In-Laws

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In an Anne Lister related theme, David Glover describes Ann Walker’s in-laws – The Sutherland family of Scotland and Lightcliffe on Wednesday 26 Sep, 2:00pm at the Red Brick Auditorium of Square Chapel Arts Centre.

This talk begins with a bang – a murder in the 1750s West Highlands, and tells the fascinating story of a family from its Scots roots to a Halifax marriage – and beyond.

Along the way, hear how Ann Walker’s scheming brother-in-law Captain Sutherland ensured she was shut away in an asylum near York, moving into her home Shibden Hall himself. His son sold Crow Nest mansion and returned to Scotland, to an unfortunate future.

A curious tale including extreme greed, child abuse, and bankruptcy.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked at the Square Chapel website.

Songlines at Square Chapel

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Stevie is 17. She’s peak cool, or so she thinks.

On Friday 7 September, 8:15pm at Square Chapel Arts Centre you can find a little more about Stevie.

In the middle of the wide-eyed stagger from girlhood to womanhood, Stevie is sent to live in the middle of nowhere with her Grandma. Suffolk – the home of doggers, folklore, sea cabbages and Stan. Stan is peak geek, not that he knows.

But there are secrets in the marshland, songs that will show Stevie the way.

Interwoven with beautiful live folk music from award-winning band TRILLS, Songlines is a coming of age love story in all its awkward teen glory.

A brand new play from Suffolk writer Tallulah Brown, directed by George Chilcott.

Get tickets now from the Square Chapel website.

 

Vintage Fair at Square Chapel

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Visit the Vintage Fair at Square Chapel Arts Centre for a full day of vintage fun on Saturday 8 September, 10:00am-4:30pm.

There will be;

The gorgeous Dani G – Live vintage vocalist will be singing throughout the day.

The Swing Kids will be doing a Swing Dance Workshop 10:00am–12:30pm

Join ‘Swing Revolution UK’ Competition winners, Tom Powell and Fiona Campbell, for a full morning of swing dancing.

Meet in the Square Chapel Copper Auditorium at 10:00am for two and half hours of lessons and dancing. There will be two 45 minute lessons (with a short break in between) focusing on Lindy Hop, followed by a final 30 minute lesson looking at the Charleston.

Both experienced dancers, Tom and Fiona will focus on teaching you all the basics so you are ready to go it alone.

You can be on your own or as a pair – both are catered for and you won’t be short of a partner. Dress vintage or not – the choice is yours – just ensure your shoes are made for dancing!

The fee for the swing dance workshop also includes entry to the vintage fair. Places are limited so book early! £10.50/ person and £17/couple.

Tickets for this and the fair are available at the Yorkshire Vintage Fairs website.

There will be a free social dance in the afternoon, in the outdoor, covered area of The Woolshops, right next to the venue!

Some of the best vintage fashion, furniture, homewares and vinyl dealers that Yorkshire has to offer.

There will be a film screening of the iconic 1950s movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon- “Some Like It Hot” in the afternoon- this is pre-book only and you can buy tickets for this from the Square Chapel website.

The Arts Society Halifax: Romance, Realism & Revolution

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On Tuesday 10 April, 1:00pm at the Red Brick Auditorium of the Square Chapel Arts Centre, Fenella Billington will be speaking on Romance, Realism and Revolution 1700-1800.

France under Louis XV in the 18th century saw the age of Rococo. The works of Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard are compared to the more sombre paintings of Chardin and Oudry. In England, the contrasting art of Gainsborough, Stubbs and Hogarth is considered briefly. The French Revolution, followed by the rise of Napoleon once more changed styles in fashionable art.

This lecture considers the many rich threads of art being woven in France and in England in the 18th century, a time that witnessed a radical change from one social system to another.