About Our Biennale 2018

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?

We're planning Our Biennale 2020 - taking more great artists and arts organisations back into schools and colleges to work with more children and young people. Themed ’20-20 Vision’ we are now looking for big, ambitious ideas from partner artists and schools. Find out here how you can get involved or submit your idea.

Don't forget, 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.

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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50 Things To Do Before You're 5!

Get the kids out exploring everything Kirklees has to offer with this brilliant new app.

For parents and carers to use with their children, it celebrates our local facilities and natural landscape, encouraging creativity and culture with our youngest citizens.

More info: https://evokekirklees.org/50-things-to-do-before-you-are-5/

Get the app: https://kirklees.50thingstodo.org/app/os#!/50-things-to-do-before-youre-five
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Primary schools can access a new education resource pack based on music archaeology research from the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Rupert Till, enabling children to explore the sounds and music of pre-historical and early Roman sites.

Music Archaeology: From Stone Age to Roman Times is a FREE Key Stage 2 education pack with links to National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Music, History, Science, English, Art, Drama & DT:


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For #OurBiennale 2018 young people worked with artist @_Zoe_Robertson creating drawings, sculptures & wearable objects. @PhoenixLeeds then worked with students using the work to devise new choreographic dance pieces performed & displayed @The_Big_Draw at Huddersfield Library https://t.co/73trxJgVQl OurBiennale photo
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Lovely way to get in the Christmas mood! https://t.co/EQQUg1V469
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The ever-popular Christmas event of the year brought to you by @HuddsChoral where you will have the chance to listen to some Christmas music as well as sing carols with the choir. They will also be joined by Black Dyke band and their very own Youth Choir. https://t.co/uspQVwrtF2 https://t.co/q8K7qirzR8
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For #OurBiennale 2018 school children produced 100 large-scale paintings that were exhibited on the platforms at train stations along the Penistone Line & at Huddersfield Station. Working with a poet and visual artist, they created poetry & paintings exploring light & dark... https://t.co/36Y4odAAkJ OurBiennale photo