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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"Sewing is a way to mark our existence on cloth"

Join textile artist, curator and author of 'Threads of Life' Clare Hunter in conversation with Dr Claire Barber of University of Huddersfield, as they discuss a history of sewing and embroidery, told through the stories of the men and women who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances https://bit.ly/2VZcTiM
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