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Huddersfield FOL 2011

Festival of Light is Huddersfields biggest winter event, featuring a major street theatre show in St George&;s Square and a lively programme of performances and installations across the town centre.

The main show, K@osmos, comes courtesy of Spanish/Argentinean performers Grupo Puja and will be performed on both the Friday and Saturday evenings. Come to the festival and you will also enjoy aerial ballet, an enchanting light garden and be entertained by some of the UK&;s best street performers.

And, as well as street theatre, there was a winter food and drink market, The Art Market and an abundance of live music performances in bars and venues across the town centre.

Festival of Light is delivered by Kirklees Council. This year&;s event is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Fri and Sat
6.30pm and 8.45pm
Behind Huddersfield Art
Gallery Retouramont
Fri and Sat
6.30pm and 8.45pm
Behind Huddersfield Art
A dancer suspended high above the ground performs an enchanting ballet down the walls of Huddersfield Art Gallery. Her movements interact with light projections, creating a magical and unique performance. On at 6.30 andd 8.45pm on both Friday and Saturday and lasts approximately half an hour.
Retouramont was founded by Fabrice Guillot, a professional rock climber, in 1995; the artists perform their ‘vertical dances’ all over the world.

Hot Potato Syncopactors
Fri and Sat, 6pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm Byram Arcade
Straight from the golden era of the roaring twenties, enjoy a musical revue of jazz and dance band melodies mixed with visual gags, charming humour and novelty moments.

Urban Angels
Fri and Sat 6.30pm & 8.45pm. Suspended from the rafters of Byram Arcade the Urban Angels will perform an aerial circus show that will leave audiences astounded.

Welcome to Yorkshire Light Garden
Amidst the streets of Huddersfield are green spaces just waiting to bloom, a magical meadow of giant illuminated trees, plants and flowers will be springing up in St Peter’s Gardens, providing a perfect place to stroll in the glow with family and friends.
These creations are the work of TILT installation artists who have displayed this work across Europe but not to UK audiences until now.

Jigantics - Giant Tulips
More enormous ecological wonders will light up Huddersfield as 16ft tall tulips bring a splash of colour and illuminate the Piazza.
Jigantics create giant flowers, figures and installations worldwide for high profile and special occasions.

Live Music
6pm Maia - Alternative acoustic band
7pm Leo Brazil - Blues, pop and psychedelic
8pm Crosscut Saw - Blues
9pm Nu Popes - Funk, blues and soul
6pm Sons of Mischief - Rock, pop and indie
7pm Haggis Horns - Break beat funk, soul, hip hop and afro beat
8.30pm Extra Curricular - Hip-hop soul


The Travelling Light Circus (Fri - Sun) - see performers spinning and throwing light with their illuminated toys.
Markmark Productions (Fri - Sun) - an entertaining show including a blatant blend of skilful skills, tricky tricks and 800 year old jokes.
Mike Hancock (Sat) - A comic kaleidoscope of magic moments, live music, big tricks and audience fun.
Curious Eyebrows (Sun) - hilarious comedy, daring deeds, astounding circus skills and audience participation.

Street entertainment

Maynard’s Flip Flap - The Man in a Box - meet the world’s only living box, who leaps into action when people draw near.
Plunge Boom - Vegetable Nannies - would love to introduce you to their family of unusual children.
Faceless Company - Snowmen - take your family to meet the friendly characters, who are guaranteed to make you smile.
Artizani - Lobster á la carte - a giant lobster riding in a Victorian horse-cart is a rare sight on Huddersfield’s streets.
Creature Feature - watch out for some crazy characters strolling around the crowds, getting you into the festive spirit.
Surreal McCoy - Giant Seagulls - spare a thought for these hungry sea birds; fighting over leftovers and rummaging through bags for tasty morsels.
Arrabesque - Mermaids - the enchanting aquatic creatures make their first trip to town.
Frolicked - Arthur the Usher - super efficient Arthur will be delighted to tell you about his high standards of cleanliness.
Curious Cargo - The Temperance Society - frightfully proper, sombre and stern, with a terribly stiff upper lip. They will teach you some good old fashioned Victorian manners.
MariachoO! - watch out he may try and serenade you with his guitar.
Pif-Paf - The Flycycle - take a ride on a flight of fantasy simulator that will fly you and a friend over the hills and valleys of Huddersfield!
The Travelling Light Circus - will be performing shows in Market Place as well as strolling around with their illuminated toys.

Who was involved? (Companies / Organisations / Artists / Performers):