When: 8th – 17th September 2017
Where: Saltaire, Shipley, Bradford, West Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Many events are free
What is it?
The Saltaire Festival will take place in West Yorkshire from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th September with pop up events, secret tunnels, street performances, and the chance to help make a listening sculpture.
The festival will begin on the Friday evening with The Makers’ Fair, the launch of Kay Andrews’ exhibition, and Toujours Lucienne at the Half Moon café. Toujours Lucienne will be performing French cabaret jazz/tango and French food and drink will be available during the event.
Building on its success in previous years, the festival’s opening weekend will be showcasing the history and heritage of the village with music, food, and a one-off opportunity to visit Saltaire’s secret tunnels. There will also be plenty to entertain children and families over the weekend in Roberts Park.
Villagers and local businesses will be taking part with pop ups in houses and yards, as well as open gardens matched with beautiful and original sculptures, forming a trail around the village and its outskirts.
Salts Mill is a major contributor to the festival’s visual art strand this year. Newly-hung Hockneys, including some that have been brought out of storage for the artist’s 80th birthday, will feature throughout the mill, in addition to an Ian Beesley and Ian Mcmillan photography and poetry collaboration. The mill will also be hosting children’s art and a solo exhibition by renowned Czech artist Blanka Šperková, presenting new collections of her very distinctive finger knitted wire sculptures and jewellery.
Events will continue to run right through the week, as well as the two weekends. There will be drama, music and comedy, as well as exhibitions, which take place throughout the festival in venues across the village. This year’s comedy night, on Wednesday 13th September, will feature Northern charmer Justin Moorhouse.
The finale weekend will see a whole host of food, drink, music, and family activities taking place in Roberts Park. In the village the continental market will return to Exhibition Road, featuring an eclectic mix of edible and other goods from across the globe.
The Festival Guide and opening weekend Trail Guide are available online and in outlets across the village and the surrounding district.
The festival was first established in 2003, when it was set up to commemorate 150 years since Sir Titus Salt created Saltaire. A registered charity run entirely by volunteers, the festival is reliant on funding and donations to enable as many events as possible to be free.