Free Events

Free Events and activities are a large aspect of The Brighouse Arts Festival with community gardening, street theatre, interactive art, exhibitions, and poetry there’s lots for everyone to enjoy for FREE! 

We are able to host free activities due to the kind sponsorship and support of our partners and volunteers.

Tom Ratcliffe Exhibition

Tom Ratcliffe Art Exhibition Dr Tom Ratcliffe, a former art teacher, painter and theoretical artist, is returning to the sixth-annual Brighouse Arts Festival with an exhibition of his latest works.Tom has exhibited nationally and has delivered many art history talks...

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Nobuo Okawa Exhibition

Nobuo Okawa Art Exhibition One of the greatest and most prestigious artists living in Calderdale is exhibiting as part of this year's Brighouse Arts Festival Print artist and ceramicist. Specialised in mezzotint. Born Tokyo, but travelled to UK in late 1970s to study...

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R C Bridgestock at Brighouse Library

BBC's Liz Green will be hosting RC Bridgestock with Pamela Clare & Ashley Dyer at this years 'Deadly' literatuture event. Fact to Fiction - Sleuth Like A Pro. 'When DI Jack Dylan hears radio presenter, Liz Green, describe a potential murder scene at Brighouse...

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Murder at the Library

Murder  at the Library event at Brighouse Library on Saturday  20th October  10.00am – 12.00 noon  M is for Murder    With Liz Mistry, Carmen Radtke and David McCaffrey chaired by Emma Truelove from Bradford Radio Royal.  This panel will be 1 hour of conversation with...

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Ken Dodd King of Comedy and Knotty Ash Talk

Ken Dodd, King of comedy and Knotty Ash.Talk by Pat Osborne.  Pat will be providing a light hearted talk on the life and works of Ken Dodd.  With insights into lesser known aspects of his life, as well as the golden moments of comedy career. This talk is not...

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Alice Bradshaw Guided Tour

Alice Bradshaw Artist Residency + Guided Tour Alice is Brighouse Arts Festival 2018's artist in residency and wil be based at Brighouse Tip researching & undertaking Rubbish Conversations based on recycling culminating in a public performance on site on Thurs 11th...

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Keith Whitely Musicals Talk

Keith Whitely Musicals Talk Keith Whitely is a theatre and literature professional with a delightful light-hearted tone and lyrical mastery of words. After last years sell out talk, this year Keith is providing insight into his many musical numbers and works. An...

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Festival Launch

Brighouse Arts Festival Opening Launch Featuring Hipperholme Community Choir & Calderdale College University Centre Acting Performance Foundation Degree Students. Join the festival organisers as we celebrate the launch of Brighouse Arts Festival 2018...

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BBC Back In Time For Tea Talk

BBC's Back In Time for Tea - Talk from Lesley Ellis Last summer my family and I embarked on an epic adventure as we explored the life of ordinary northern working folk through the food they ate. We began the experiment in 1918 shortly after the end of the First World...

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Street Theatre – Even Poorer Theatre

Coal Mimers Street theatre by Even Poorer Theatre  Ever wonder what used to go on right under your feet here in Brighouse? Coal Mimers?!   Wonder no more and allow our physical exploration of Calderdale's fascinating hidden mining history to grab you by the pick!...

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