Case Study


WOVEN festival was launched in June 2021 with a programme of virtual and physical events across Kirklees. It was one of the first festivals to be held in the UK following the easing of government restrictions. Despite significant disruption to planning and preparation, WOVEN21 was a 4 week programme of 97 events & activities across Kirklees, showcasing and celebrating the region’s enduring, rich and diverse textiles sector.

With a vibrant mix of live & digital events, a packed programme was delivered across Kirklees . The key themes and highlights included:

Exploring Creativity across Kirklees
This strand included unique textile artist commissions in Dewsbury, family focussed fun with a window trail through Huddersfield, and celebrations of our Growing Colour Together project that encourages growing, foraging and to make and create natural dyes.

Audiences could listen to I N T E R W O V E N, a unique soundscape of Kirklees’ mill heritage and present installation in Huddersfield city centre. Visitors could jump on a train to see the Big Rainbow Knit installations at Huddersfield and Batley train stations, together with community-led yarn bombing across Kirklees.

WOVEN Together
Families and Young People Working in partnership with Our Biennale. Families had lots of fun together, with   a series of live and online demonstrations, as well as the exhibition of large scale sculptures inspired by the Joanna Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park created by children and young people across Kirklees .

Showcasing Textile Science and Innovation
Highlights included the Space Shed at Greenhead Park, Huddersfield – a series of talks and demonstrations about innovation in textiles for the benefit of our planet, and how Kirklees is at the forefront of research and development.

The Charity Shop Challenge – a sustainable fashion project which engaged a group of Year 10 Textiles students from Holmfirth High School, culminating in an exhibition at Holmfirth Indoor Market.

Celebrating Community and Participation
The final weekend of the festival was a celebration of two long term projects, The Big Rainbow Knit and Growing Colour Together.

The Big Rainbow Knit on St George’s Square in Huddersfield was a weekend of knitting themed fun. Growing Colour Together at Ravensknowle Park; you could find out more about how to make natural dyes from suitable plants and materials and how the dyes can be used in textile artworks and fashion.

Read the full evaluation to find out more about the successes and learning, visitor feedback, project and artist case studies, data and impact.

You can also read the 2019 Evaluation Report here.

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