To apply please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to get involved with HBAF to Lisa Graham, Festival Administrator,email@example.com. Deadline for applications: 23 April 2021, 12 noon. Interviews: w/c 3 May 2021
We have been understandably quiet during the past twelve months as we took a fallow year in 2020, and then COVID-19 struck! Whilst we did not programme a festival last year, the Team have been super busy behind the scenes shaping our vision for the future.
Given the current uncertain cultural climate we have taken the decision to direct our focus on our year-round community programme. We are delighted to be working on an Engaging Communities project with three groups across Calderdale exploring creativity in COVID-19 affected neighbourhoods. This project is led by our newest team member, Todmorden based Clare Danon.
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Engaging Communities Project
Calderdale Council are supporting Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in delivering some special neighbourhoods projects giving the opportunity for small groups to come together (online!) to express themselves creatively. Working with new partners across Calderdale, we feel this is invaluable work to connect and make the best of the situation during a pandemic.
The first working partnership of this project is with St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax who work with people seeking asylum and those with Refugee status. They offer a warm welcome and safe space; sharing food, stories and building relationships.
The St Augustine's project is participant led and includes a variety of fantastic talent and artistic skills, including a Printmaker, Sculptor, Beatboxer, Singer, Dress maker, Painter, and Film maker. The participants show their creations regularly on a Whatsapp group and come together and share as a group on Zoom every 2 weeks. We have explored ideas of community and what’s important to people, and a huge amount of fantastic and diverse work is being created and shared. With only two online sessions left we cannot wait to see the final creations and reflect on how an online creative process can work for engagement in the future.