Handmade Parade theme embraces floods

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Hebden Bridge is in for a treat this summer when the town centre is taken over by the 9th Handmade Parade.

And organisers are delighted to announce the theme will be ‘Muck In’.

Explains Andrew Kim artistic director of Handmade Parade:“The ‘Muck In’ theme aims to capture the spirit of the 2015 Boxing Day flood, celebrating the heroic super human effort from everyone to rebuild our local communities.

“The emphasis is on fun and in enjoying the ridiculous. We’d like to thank everyone who came along to the Spark Day to help decide the theme for this year.”

Executive director, Kathleen McGrath added: “The carnival we hope, will highlight the renewed vibrancy of the town after the disaster, shining a light on the community claiming back the right to dance down their streets again.”

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual masquerade of fun for all. With three weeks of open workshops involving local artists, families, volunteers, guest artists and amazing street bands.

It culminates in a spectacular event for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge watched by thousands more.

This year sees an exciting residency co-commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival (which runs June 16 - July 3), with Russian artists from Cardboardia bringing their sense of cardboard art, politics and play to the carnival.

This will be the debut English performance by Carboardia an internationally renowned company. 

Yorkshire Festival’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman, said: “We are thrilled to be commissioning this new work with Handmade Parade as part of the epic, bold and game-changing Yorkshire Festival 2016.

“Expect the unexpected with world-class performances, UK and world premieres and exclusives, and even an attempt to break a world record.

“The Festival will reach the whole of our great, beautiful county across 18 days this June and July. Make sure you come and be part of it!”

Added Kathleen: “Ours will be a flood event guaranteed to have something for everyone putting smiles back on all our faces.”

Open Workshops take place from June 4-24 when people can create costumes, carryable art, giant puppets and learn stilt walking, samba drumming and dance.

The parade is on June 26 at noon followed by a Picnic in the Park from 1pm-4pm.