Calderdale’s South Asian Heritage Festival begins with a Weekend of Celebration at Square Chapel Arts Centre and The Piece Hall.
The festival, commissioned by Calderdale Council, promises a month of events and activities to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impact they have within the borough. It will bring together leading British Pakistani and Indian writers and performers plus local businesses and community groups at venues across Calderdale.
The Piece Hall event begins at midday and will feature Indian drumming, henna painting, calligraphy arts, face painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade bags and free, fun, family activities in the main courtyard. There will also be music and writing workshops and performance events at Square Chapel Arts Centre over that weekend. All activities are FREE! And there will be a real community market feel in the courtyard … a chance to celebrate the friendship and generosity of South Asian culture …
Square Chapel Arts Centre
Brilliant FREE workshops for women and girls, not just of South Asian heritage. This is an invitation to all women interested in culture, identity, sense of place and empowerment.
Saturday 16th July @ 4 pm Into the Wilds – New South Asian Writing
Fox & Windmill is the UK’s first independent book publishing company for British South Asian writers. They are dedicated to bridging the gap in the industry for writers from underrepresented backgrounds and sharing their unique stories and perspectives.
Sunday 17th July @ 2pm
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan Free Workshop & Performance Event
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. In 2019 she published Postcolonial Banter, an anthology of poetry critiquing racism, Islamophobia and notions of national identity. The collection includes poems which have had millions of online views and been featured across TV and radio.
Saturday July 23rd
Square Chapel will host a screening of acclaimed film ‘Lakeer’ followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer
Saturday July 23rd – South Asian Comedy Club
Comedy club with some of the best South Asian comedians on the comedy circuit.
Calderdale’s museums and libraries will feature a number of displays and events to complement the celebrations.
This is an opportunity for all communities to come together and share the best South Asian culture has to offer – please let your friends and colleagues know and help make this a regular feature of Calderdale’s Cultural Calendar!
The full programme of events and activities can be found at:
Have You Considered Volunteering with a Difference?
Becoming a Trustee could be the role for you
The VSIA and CMBC are hosting an event on Thursday 30th June at Square Chapel Arts Centre from 5.30pm to 8pm
The event is aimed both at organisations looking to recruit trustees as well as individuals with an interest in becoming a trustee and what that means.
You will receive information on the role of trustees and the many benefits for an organisation and the volunteer.
Refreshments will be provided in the event.
If you’d like to take part, please let us know as soon as possible.
Places for voluntary groups at the event will be limited to maximum of 2 people per organisation
We’d like it if one of those could be an existing Trustee who can share their Board experiences to potential new Trustees
Once confirmed with a place, groups will be invited to a brief preparation session before the event (on Zoom) so that we can advise on how to ‘sell’ your organisation and what kind of things to remember to tell a new person
After the event we’ll put you in touch with those who are interested in joining your board / committee or would simply like a longer conversation with you.
The Sounds of Simon, a brilliant touring tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel and Paul Simon are bringing their new show:
Old Friends: Together and Apart
to Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax on the 18th June
Exploring the duo’s music together as well as looking at them both as solo artists in their own right, the tour will perform all the classics from The Sound of Silence to Bridge Over Troubled Water, from You Can Call Me Al to Bright Eyes, all the hits are here.
The whole show is done in costume and the harmonies are spot on.
“Ben is something of an expert on Paul Simon.” – BBC The One Show
“A world class act.” – The Hinckley Times
First set: 20:00 – 21:00
Interval: 21: 00 -21:20
Second set: 21:20 – 22:20
Reserved Seating– Seats are selected at the time of booking and reserved for you at the event.
“What a dynamo of a character! A Nineteenth Century land-owning, business-operating, mountain- and social-climbing genius who didn’t take any guff from any man. A woman who wanted a wife! A woman who recorded every bit of her interior and exterior world, leaving us a written record of her life and times, unmatched by anyone, ever.” — https://www.annelisterbirthdayweek.com/ Why, What Who
Very little daunted the indomitable Anne Lister of Halifax, a little Covid pandemic wouldn’t stump her! Two years later than initially planned, 2022 will see Halifax celebrating Anne Lister’s 231st birthday in style!
Brought to global attention due to Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO series, Gentleman Jack, Anne Lister will be celebrated during her birthday week by a festival all over Halifax.
The festival will bring Anne Lister’s story to life through tours, talks, gatherings and the distinctiveness of Halifax’s stunning heritage sites, including Anne’s historic home, Shibden Hall, plus Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, The Victoria Theatre, Bankfield museum and many more.
Libraries across Calderdale will mark Anne’s birthday with displays, writing workshops, drawing corners, themed kids’ activity sheets and more.
More information and visiting / booking details for events can be found at the Visit Calderdale website:
The 80’s legends pop duo Hue and Cry will be performing live in the Square Chapel Red Brick Auditorium on 12th February 2022.
This is a not to be missed opportunity to watch two incredible musicians perform their 80’s hits and latest tunes live on stage.
Piano/ Vocal Show Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums Seduced and Abandoned and Remote as well as massive hit singles such as Labour of Love. Albums like Stars Crash Down and Jazz Not Jazz ensured Hue and Cry’s continued triumph in the 1990’s, whilst the release of the hugely applauded Open Soul in 2008 brought them firmly back into the limelight. The release of their seasonal album Xmasday (2009) and live album Bitter Suite Again (2010), preceded the release of Hot Wire (2012) which received rave reviews.
To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.
Experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible with our Sing-Along screenings. In our relaxed and inclusive screenings aimed at families you’ll be able to sing away to your hearts content and children will be invited up to dance along. Our maestro will get you ready with a vocal warm before the film and ensure the festivities continue all the way through.
Fancy dress is of course encouraged and there’ll be a prize for the best costume and dancing!
Plus! There’ll be glowsticks given to every child to make the screening extra fun!
Unreserved Seating – Seats are unreserved and you will need to choose your seat as you enter the venue. If you wish to sit together with people you have arrived with, we recommend arriving at doors open time to choose consecutive seats although we do not guarantee this is possible. Ushers may also ask you to move or condense your group to free up seating for other audience members to be seated.
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 onlineor by calling the Box Office on 01422 349422 open
Mon – Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 12pm – 8pm
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 email@example.com, or call 01422 353073.
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.