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BREAKING NEWS

We are sad to report the death of Ted Kilner during November 2020. Ted was a leading instigator of the Wetherby Arts Festival and has remained in close contact with the Festival despite moving to Huddersfield to be closer to family. He will be greatly missed by many in Wetherby for his contribution to the social and artistic life in our community. See the report on our Blog page Ted Kilner

Wetherby Arts Festival, An Update

The Festival lives on.

The year end is fast approaching. We should be looking back at a successful Festival and maybe taking a little time to recover and consider what might come next year. We can assure you we are thinking about what to bring in 2021 but sadly there was no Festival to celebrate. New ideas are bubbling however. We are now on YouTube, we have quiz evenings, and surely you have seen us on Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook (use the links at the foot of this page).

 

We would like to share with you the Dance Creation Day held on 30 August. We know over 100 people attended at green spaces throughout Wetherby. 4 dancers led children through a series of expressive and imaginative dance step. There were children as young as 3 years taking part with their families, grandparents and dogs too! But it does’t stop there.

 

Now we will take this further to create a new dance work. We plan FREE community dance rehearsals culminating in a performance in the town hall on February 6. This is hosted in partnership with Connecting with Young People, a Wetherby Arts Festival Project supported with funding from Leeds Inspred, part of Leeds City Council and our sponsors. This is a project aimed at children aged 3-11. We have commissioned a film and a bespoke soundtrack to cover the event. Rehearsal activities have already taken place at Crossley Street and Deighton Gates Schools. More are planned for January.The youngsters taking part have shown really great enthusiasm. See the details below and HERE. Don’t forget to take a look at our YouTube channel too.

 

The next steps. Join us…

Where the Dance Project started…

Below are some of our memories from 2019. We’ll be back in 2021 with another Festival

Join former politician and Minister, Alan Johnson, and ‘Queen of Feel-good Fiction’, Milly Johnson, for a convivial lunch and hear them talk about their books. More..

Dance the night away with acclaimed accordionist Neil Barron.  More..

This new orchestra, directed by Martin Binks, perform Bruch’s violin concerto with Charlotte Rowan and Vivaldi’s double oboe concerto in a programme including works by Mozart and Beethoven. More…

Our artist in residence is joined by pianist Charlotte Stevenson for a programme ranging from the baroque to the 20th century with music by Vitali, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Milhaud and Szymanowski among others. More…

Lively performances from the group Aspects of Opera to entertain you while you tuck in to fish and chips!  More…

Five lunchtime concerts through the week bookable either as a bargain season ticket or singly.  Great music performed by singers, instrumentalists and on the organ.  More…

Hear brilliant wildlife photographer (and former Team GB javelin thrower) Tesni Ward talk about her beautiful work and the importance of nature conservation. More…

A welcome return for Sheffielder Tom Wrigglesworth (of BBC Radio 4  Hang Ups fame) who is joined in this double bill by Sean McLoughlin, described by  Time Out as ‘the best comedian you haven’t heard of’.  Well you have now.  More…

Enjoy a selection of pop classics and songs from the musicals such as La La Land and Les Misérables  from this popular Wetherby group – and sing along! More…

‘Engaging, playful and welcoming’

Observe the journey of Beanlet, a playful character discovering interaction with people in an unknown, imaginative space. More…

Badapple Theatre goes ballisticus maximus as they deliver a contemporary take on the Romans in their new comedy with songs and music. More...

Our popular local band presents an exciting programme of traditional and modern brass music.  More…

Described as ‘the best tribute band in the UK’ Abba Revival present an evening  of faithful choreography, spectacular costumes and excellent musicianship. What’s not to like! More..

Neil Delamere is one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers, fast making a reputation in the UK as a hilarious comedian.  He’s joined by Maisie Adam, Comedy Newcomer winner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, who has been described as ‘incredibly watchable.  More...

You may not know this…
The Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to aid us at the box office or helping at events.  If this interests you, please see the Volunteer page.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
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Wetherby Town Council

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

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We would also like to thank Morrisons Supermarket, the Rotary Club of Wetherby & District and, of course, our many volunteers for their invaluable support.