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Holmfirth Arts Festival Banner Parade
June 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Textile Banner Parade, created by Edgelands Arts with people from across the Holme Valley, and embracing the theme of Generations of Innovators, will fill the streets of Holmfirth with a riotous carnival of colour and music.
The parade is inspired by the PLACES which make up the Holme Valley, the PEOPLE who live in it, the TEXTILES which are manufactured here and the CRAFTS made in people’s homes.
Communities from across the Holme Valley have come together to learn new techniques and share existing skills, working with textiles of all types and colours. Fabrics include fine woollen cloth manufactured by Bower Roebuck in New Mill, hand painted landscapes on silk, long ribbon flags showing personal stories from the heart of the community, knitting and crocheting alongside an exploration of the ground-breaking innovations in textile production at the University of Huddersfield and across the industry.
Grass Man, a dancing, whirling performer wearing a suit of living grass will add to the carnival and musicians from Huddersfield Samba and HD9 Youth Brass Band will have you dancing in the street.
Callaloo Carnival Arts, working with Reach Performing Arts, will contribute a section to the parade portraying the stories of Huddersfield Caribbean migrants, who settled in these valleys from the 1950s making significant contributions to the local textiles industries.
You can also catch the 3pm performance of Woven Into Song the end of the parade.