Join us at The Piece Hall, Dean Clough, and other locations around Halifax on Saturday 13th April for a day of exciting activities and performances celebrating the official launch of Calderdale’s 2024 Year of Culture!

See the schedule below for more information on where and when each event is taking place. A plain-text version is available towards the bottom of the page. If you would like more information on how to reach the venues, or on accessibility, please see our Access Guide page here.


With activities across Halifax from 10am to 8pm, you don't want to miss out on our showcase of culture and creativity!

Want to see everything? Make a plan with our schedule and map available below, featuring locations and timings of all the activities throughout the day.

Download our map and schedule here


For accessibility purposes, we are including a plain-text version of the schedule here.

The Piece Hall

10:00 – 10:40AM: Ball room dancing in the courtyard

Social ballroom dance session, come and try out the old way of keeping fit physically, mentally and socially. Entertaining people for over 100 years.

10:55 – 11:30AM: Panthers dancers and mascot

The Faxettes team consists of 25 girls ranging from 13-24years old. You’ll also see the Faxettes perform pre-match and halftime at every Halifax home game. Don’t hesitate to ask for a photo too!

14:00 – 14:45PM: Roger Davies and his band

Known as the Yorkshire Songwriter and Bard of Calderdale, he is the music equivalent of the Yorkshire poet, with words that resonate in Yorkshire but contain universal themes of home, love, art, and everyday life.

15:15 – 16:00PM: Brass Band showcase

It is thought that the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band was formed in 1838 when most of the inhabitants of the villages around were employed in either agriculture or coal mining, the formation of the band was away to escape from the hard work and poor conditions at that time.

16:30 – 17:30PM: Parkinson Lane School showcase

Parkinson Lane Dance troop has performed in cities all over Europe, children start dancing with the school as young as 4 years old and rehearse on Wednesdays and Fridays. Merging traditional dance techniques with both traditional and more contemporary western music styles, the children are super excited to be performing in The Piece Hall as part of the Year of Culture Opening Celebration.

18:00 – 18:45PM: All Together Now Choir & The Signing Choir

All Together Now Choir is about much more than singing. Friendships are made here, and the choir sings regularly for local nursing homes and other community organisations. The Signing Choir consists of both Deaf and hearing people who want to perform songs in British Sign Language. Some members already had signing skills when they joined, others had none, but we all learn together and have a lot of fun.

19:15 – 20:00PM: Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

A rabble of mischievous northerners with a vision of an anarchic street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, rallying impromptu raves on street corners and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.

Dean Clough: All activities from 10:00AM – 14:00PM

  • ACDC Art Workshops
  • Phoenix Radio Roadshow and Broadcast
  • Frank Darnley - Crossley Carpet Sculpture Workshop
  • Climbing Wall - Free Activity

Albany Arcade: Music showcase from 10:00AM – 16:00PM

Presented by Adra Promotions, curated by Halifax-based artist, musician and arts organiser Andy Abbott.

  • Primitive Percussion Youth Orchestra – Experimental Kids. Cornholme
  • Belle – Acoustic singer-songwriter duo. Ripponden
  • Miss Airedale – Wry one-man psychpop. Todmorden
  • Laiken – Trad and improv folktronica. Brighouse
  • XAM – Ambient synth soundscapes. Sowerby Bridge
  • Menko – Synth loops and soft guitar. Todmorden
  • Samandtheplants – Lo-Fi songs and improv. Todmorden
  • A Rookery – Progressive folk rock. The Calder valley

Halifax Town Centre: activities from 10:00AM – 16:00PM

  • Makers Market
  • Skate it Yourself
  • Music at Westgate Arcade
  • Mr Wilson’s Pop Up
  • Mother Nature Walkabout
  • IOU The Wheel
  • Everybody Arts Workshop