What’s on

General opening times, 10am to 4pm both days – Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2019

Updated programme information for 2019 is COMING SOON! We’ve left last year’s programme details below to give an indication of the variety of activity that you’ll find at Mirfield Arts Festival over the course of the weekend:


(Friends of) Mirfield Library – INFORMATION HUB – pick up your programmes here!


11am to 12pm Musica Mirfield performance*

12pm to 4pm The River College presents: CAKE & THE CALDER VALLEY
An informal conversation and cake-eating session thinking about Mirfield’s water systems.*


2pm to 2.30pm Dance Circle*

10.30am-12pm Lego club – join us to create your own lego garden, to put on display in the library!*


11am-12pm  Jim Saville: The Poetry of Cicely Fox Smith 1882-1954*

12pm – 1pm David Kidman: David is a Yorkshire-based singer and performance poet whose unusually wide repertoire of “songs worth the singing” takes in folk both traditional and contemporary and much else besides!  He so impressed us last year at our Festival Cabaret Evening that we invited him back to perform a special programme of “blooming marvellous” song and poetry on our 2018 festival theme.*
David Kidman
David Kidman


Malcolm Deane flower illustration exhibition* (see the HIDDEN TALENT page for further details)

Jean Bashford photography exhibition*

Janine Burrows: Jam & Ginger design process exhibition*

Knit n’ Natter group – stall/display and tombola

Tom Tricks balloon modelling – fabulous, fun record breaking balloon modelling – Tom will create your very own balloon models for a small charge – raising funds for Hollybank School

Face painting – for a small charge, have your face expertly painted in one-of-a-kind style by our talented face painter Emmazing Faces


Callaloo Carnival Arts


12noon to 4pm “Something a Lidl Bit Different” at Lidl Lawn, Station Rd, Mirfield

12noon – 4pm: Pop-Up Art Exhibition

Mirfield Arts Festival presents ‘Blooming Beautiful’ – an exhibition of large-scale artwork by Marina Poppa, working with community groups in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

1pm to 4pm: Final performance at 3.30pm

Thanks to our friends at Brouhaha International, live entertainment from talented International Artists:

3 Points – a welcome return to Mirfield by this Spanish/Catalan Dance Crew fusing Urban & Contemporary styles

Artscape – ace Contemporary Dance Crew from Cape Town, South Africa. Expect Rhythm, drama, style & sass!

KalentuRA  – highly respected Dutch-Caribbean Percussion band. KalentuRA, meaning ‘heat’ in Papiamento, combine their unique drumming style with dance moves which leave audiences awestruck! Not to be missed!


12noon – 4pm: Thanks to FLY! South Pennines Kite Festival, we will have FREE Kite-making workshops for all ages, with artists from Handmade Parade

NB FLY! Kite Festival takes place Saturday 29 September at Mixenden, Halifax – find out more here

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2pm to 3pm FESTIVAL FINALE – Mirfield Carnival Parade presented by Callaloo Carnival Arts

Don’t miss our Blooming Marvellous Mirfield Carnival Parade!

Hundreds of community participants in a magnificent array of costumes with floral themes. With Carnival music from Honley Samba Band and Ramajay Radio featuring DJ Soca Haze

We are delighted to welcome back Creative Seed, with their exciting new work – as well as visiting Artists from Huddersfield, Leeds and Notting Hill Carnivals

Join us for a glittering feast of colour as we celebrate all that is great about our town!


St Paul’s Church

THURSDAY (12th): St Pauls film club film screening at 7pm, for 7.30pm ‘Loving Vincent‘: In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. £4 adults; £2 children/concessions

FRIDAY (13th): St Paul’s Film Club film screening at 7pm, for 7.30pm ‘Carnival Messiah’: Handel’s Messiah mixed with traditional West Indian carnival.   It equates the Resurrection with the emancipation of black people, which is why it was performed at Harewood celebrating the end of slavery. £4 adults; £2 children/concessions


Doors open at 10am

A variety of musical performances; café also open all day – come and savour the music while enjoying a cup of tea and a cake

11am to 12.30pm Chris Brian and the Croft House Guitar Group*

1.30pm The Friday Nightingales, a Musica Mirfield Choir. The Friday Nightingales meet every Friday during term time, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Mirfield Free Grammar; their repertoire is eclectic, ranging from songs from musicals, folk, jazz and pop to choral. Musica Mirfield is part of Musica Kirklees (previously know as Kirklees Music school) who work with schools and communities across Kirklees to promote and provide high quality music education to all. *

Friday Nightingales

2.30pm Mirfield Choral Society*

3pm to 4pm Foxwood Steel Band – East Section – to be held in St Pauls Gardens, weather permitting.*

Roger Davies and his Band evening concert performance 7pm for 7.30pm (til 10pm) – ticketed event – more info at the bottom of this programme page, purchase tickets here


11.00 am to 12 noon- West Yorkshire Drama Academy – a performance of  Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to be held in the sunken garden, weather permitting*

12.00 to 1.00pm Pianist*

1.00 pm Kirklees Musica – intermediate strings*

3.00pm Carnival Parade arrives at St Pauls*

3.00pm Roberttown Pop Choir*

4.30  to 7.30 pm FINALE: Grange Moor Brass Band* ( Band – Beer – Burger)


A display of flower arrangements and art exhibits*

St Paul’s café bar; licensed bar afternoon/evening

FACILITIES AVAILABLE: accessible toilet; refreshments


Further information available on the ‘tickets and booking’ page; sure to be one of the festival highlights, tickets for the Roger Davies gig at St Paul’s Church are available to purchase here


West Yorkshire Print Workshop


Japan : A Summer of Inspiration  

Exhibition opening times: Saturday 10.30am – 4pm, Sunday 10.30am – 3pm

Welcome to the launch of our summer exhibition celebrating Japanese art and culture with original Prints, Textiles and animation on show!

Inspired by our Studio Technician travelling to the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (Mi-Lab), we have invited artists from across the globe to submit work which employs traditional Japanese printmaking techniques or is inspired by Japanese culture.  27 artists from Japan, UK, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, USA and Australia are exhibiting a fantastic range of art works, exploring a variety of subject matter, imagery and printmaking techniques; including mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut), gyotaku (printing from fish!), etching, linocut, letterpress and more!

Family friendly drop-in activities throughout the weekend including:

Traditional Japanese printing, Make your own Japanese Weather doll to take away, plus get creative in our Origami corner and learn to fold flowers and creatures.

Suitable for all ages

Saturday 11am – 3pm & Sunday 11am – 2pm

FACILITIES AVAILABLE: accessible toilet; refreshments


Creative Arts Hub


11am to 3pm ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – create your own mutant plant junk sculpture models*

Botanical flowers with Julia Borodina*


11am to 3pm ‘Green Men’ – make your own Brusho pictures inspired by iconic characters such as Groot, Treebeard, and the Bowtruckle from ‘Fantastic Beasts’*

Botanical flowers with Julia Borodina*


Warren Anstiss rock and pop painting exhibition*

In Bloom’ exhibition by Matthew Evans*

Pop-up art & craft stalls

Open studios – explore our twelve studios and chat to artists in their creative environments*

FACILITIES AVAILABLE: toilets; refreshments; baby change; 1st floor building – no lift access




11am to 3pm Drop-in for a free Mini Makers session and turn your handprint into a duck!*

FACILITIES AVAILABLE: cafe, toilet, baby change