About Our Biennale

From September - November 2018 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Musica Kirklees, Chol Theatre, Manasamitra, The Children’s Art School and independent artists collaborated with 1,900 students in 18 schools and colleges in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. They helped them create their very own remarkable pieces of dance, music, animation, poetry, art and drama, all based on the theme Darkness and Light.

The incredible pieces were performed and exhibited at Our Biennale’s Big Draw & Play Day on 10th November 2018, Manasamitra’s Dark Skies on 10th November 2018, Untroubled Light // Melt on 20th November 2018, the Biennale Finale on 20th November 2018 and at The Great Kirklees Railway Exhibition along the Penistone Line.

What's Happening Now?

Our Biennale 2018 may be over, but we still support arts and cultural events happening around Kirklees that young people and children can go to or get involved in. Take a look on our What's On pages to find out what's happening.

If you have an event suitable for families, children and young people happening in Kirklees, send the details and a good image to biennale@evokekirklees.org. We'll pop it in our What's On section and share it on our social media channels too.

We hope to be back in 2020 to take more great artists and arts organisations back into schools and colleges to work with more children and young people. If you are interested in getting involved, please email susan@choltheatre.co.uk to find out how.

THANK YOU to all those involved in making Our Biennale 2018 such a success!

To have a look at all the amazing sessions, events, exhibitions, performances and activities that took place during the festival, have a look at the great pictures in our Gallery.

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Do you have a big ambitious idea for EvoKe's Our Biennale 2020?

Themed ’20-20 Vision’ The Childrens Art School and Chol Theatre have begun planning the festival programme for the UK’s only children’s Biennale and are looking for amazing ideas from partner artists and schools.

More info on how to submit your idea here:
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Sunday 13 October 1pm at Marsden Jazz Festival

CINCLUS CINCLUS is a great opportunity to introduce young children to the world of improvising, created and performed by musicians from the UK and Norway.

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Jazz North
Unique opportunity this weekend to introduce young children to the world of improvising with two performances from Cinclus Cinclus in Morecombe and Marsden this weekend (dates below). Cinclus Cinclus is the critically acclaimed jazz concert for children created and performed by musicians from the UK and Norway and produced through a collaboration between Vestnorsk Jazzsenter and Jazz North. During the performance children have the rare chance to interact and engage with an improvised performance, while at the same time experiencing precomposed tunes, riffs and grooves featuring northern line alumni Maja Bugge, Matt Robinson and acclaimed Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset. Sat 12 Oct 1:30PM Moremusic Morecombe, Lancs Sun 13 Oct 1:00PM Marsden Jazz Festival, Marsden, West Yorks www.jazznorth.org/cinclus-cinclus

2 days ago
Do you have a big ambitious idea for the @CulturalEvoke Our Biennale 2020? Themed ’20-20 Vision’ planning has begun & we're looking for amazing ideas from partner artists & schools. More info on submitting your idea here:
@choltheatre https://t.co/p3dWw7ruBB
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3 days ago
Do you work in a #Kirklees school?
Come along to the next in a series of successful School Art Network meetings to explore ideas & new art techniques:
Teacher CPD – Cultural Creativity: Connecting the Arts & Culture
Fri 18 Oct 8.45am - 3pm
Find out more:
https://t.co/eerQOfIYC7 https://t.co/WSbe60DoFV
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Great opportunity with @musica_kirklees for those with a passion for widening children's access to music... https://t.co/9BYZi8XA5d
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Musica Kirklees @musica_kirklees
⭐️Woodwind Teacher Vacancy ⭐️
If you have a passion for music and would like to join our team, we'd love to hear from you. Closing date for applications - 1pm on Friday, November 1, 2019 https://t.co/8p42aC8fkk