Coming up in Cleckheaton

(c) The Demon Barbers

(c) The Demon Barbers

We are excited to announce that this year we will be supporting two festivals in Cleckheaton to provide opportunities for local people to experience and work with artists from the world of theatre, dance and folk.

On Saturday 30 April we invite families to join us at Cleckheaton Literature Festival for a first glimpse of two family shows being developed especially for North Kirklees families.

Spiltmilk Dance have been out searching for local stories of love in all its forms;¬†from beloved family pets to fondly remembered places, from food that sets our hearts a-flutter to friends that we couldn‚Äôt be without. Join us to see where cupid’s arrow falls in The Love Project.¬†

Theatre makers Olivia Furber and Alice Bonefico have been working with gastro artist Carmen C. Wong to reawaken our food memories. Exploring local kitchens, they have been sharing recipes, tastes of home and encouraging us to play with our food. Dough! is a sensory performance for families.

Join us at Midday or 3pm on Saturday 30 April to be amongst the very first people to get a first peep of this work and importantly to let us know what you think of it. The feedback from these sessions will influence how the work is developed for the future.

Cleckheaton Literature Festival takes place from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 April and Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May at Cleckheaton Library.  

Then in July, maverick folk ensemble The Demon Barbers will be working groups from across North Kirklees to bring their special brand of music and dance magic to Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

The Demon Barbers XL will bring some of the UK’s most exciting Clog, Sword and Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the stage to create a¬†live music & dance spectacular with an extra special performance from local people. The performance will be part of the¬†festival’s headline event on Saturday 2 July at Cleckheaton Town Hall.

Cleckheaton Folk Festival takes place from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July around Cleckheaton. More information at