Brighouse Festival October 2016

From Queen to Dr Who…What’s Not to Like!

The Brighouse Festival is set to bring a feast of entertainment to the town. With over 50 events packed into one great week, ranging from the number one Queen tribute act to workshops by a Dr Who script writer there’s something to appeal to all tastes.

The fun starts on Saturday 22nd October with a life size Punch & Judy street entertainment in the afternoon and Roger Davies in concert with the Drighlington Brass Band in the evening. And then, over the next 8 days, it’s nonstop entertainment!

Other highlights include; the cast of the smash hit West End musical Summer Afternoon, performing the hits of the Kinks on Sunday 23rd; “Him off the Telly” comedy night hosted by Brighouse’s Jack Carroll on Wednesday 26th; a jazz concert with Ahmed Harfoush on Saturday 29th and a Brahms recital on Tuesday 25th.

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Jack Carroll

The whole event is organised by the new group “Arts for Brighouse”. Steven Lord, chairman, commented, “We have brought a wide range of talented acts from all over the country to this new, not- for-profit, event. We are dedicated to bringing the best entertainment to Brighouse for the enjoyment of all and establishing the Brighouse Festival as a fixture in the Yorkshire festival calendar.”

Other events over the week include; an Edinburgh Fringe comedy morning, a talk by bestselling author Linda Green, children’s show, “Gunge” and afternoon cinema shows, guitar recital by Peter Cain, theatre from the award winning Red Ladder Company, a Laurel & Hardy play, Two’s Company play by Jim Cartwright (Little Voice), a Hitchcock cinema season, string quartet recital, ukulele concert, talks, workshops and much more.

Ahmed Harfoush

Ahmed Harfoush

Watch out for an “Unbalanced Brighouse” sculpture trail around town, pieces of poetry popping up in unexpected places and a David Hockney surprise at the Harrison Lord Gallery.

In a pop up shop in Thornton Square, Chris Jackson will be creating a model of Brighouse using discarded materials, hence the title “Rubbish Brighouse”. Chris hopes people will pop in any morning (Oct 22nd to 27th) to see him working and bring in suitable “rubbish” for him to use in the construction. The grand unveiling will be on Saturday 29th at 2pm.

Roger Davies

Roger Davies

Tickets are on sale now in Brighouse at Harrison Lord, Simply Flowers, Ryecorn Wholefoods or Brighouse Library and online at The programme in print form is also available at Harrison Lord and Ryecorn Wholefoods in town. For further information ring 01484 718324.

Courtesy Steven Lord at Harrison Lord

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