Get MAD About Creativity at New South Pennines Festival

Posted: 26.09.13

A brand new festival which gives people the chance to try their hand at a cornucopia of arts and crafts activities is coming to the South Pennines.

Organised by Pennine Prospects, in partnership with hundreds of local artists and artisans, the South Pennines Making and Doing (MAD) Festival will run across the weekend of October 5 and 6.

More than fifty interactive workshops, taster sessions and ‘Meet the Maker’ events will be held across the South Pennine region, with activities concentrated in Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, central Huddersfield, Littleborough, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Todmorden and Saddleworth.

From sculpture to ceramics, weaving to willow-work, charcoal sketching to pottery and knitting to photography, the region will become a hive of creative activity. There will even be a workshop to create the world’s longest stretch of bunting, ready to adorn Cragg Road during the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. The full festival progamme is available at the South Pennines website.

The festival has been organised to shine a light on the diverse creative talent in he South Pennines, and to encourage members of the public to try something new.

Rebecca Yorke, Pennine Prospects’ local distinctiveness coordinator said: “We have an incredibly rich independent creative scene in the South Pennines, and this new, family friendly festival will showcase the best of what we have to offer.

“Members of the public will get to sample all sorts of different crafts, skills and techniques throughout the festival weekend. We hope it will inspire them to try different things at home, and of course, to continue supporting the wide range of talented craftspeople who live and work in the region.”

The Making and Doing festival is part of Pennine Prospects’ ongoing ‘local distinctiveness’ campaign – a project to raise awareness of the unique characteristics of the South Pennines’ landscape, people and places, in order to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more.

As well as putting the region’s artistic talents on the map, it is intended that the festival will have a positive impact on local businesses, by stimulating additional trade for shops, cafes, pubs and accommodation providers.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “The Making and Doing Festival promises to be a fantastic addition to Yorkshire’s calendar of family-friendly festivals. The area has a thriving, grass-roots creative scene, and the festival is an opportunity for artisans and artists to emerge from their garrets, converted mills and back-bedrooms to share their talents with the public. It’s a great concept, and a wonderful opportunity for people to try their hand at something new.”

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