WOVEN is a biennial festival that first took place in June 2019, with the next big event taking place from 5th to 27th June 2021.

It is initiated and funded by Kirklees Council, but is owned by everyone, including community groups, textile businesses, cultural and educational organisations, artists and heritage sites across the district.

WOVEN’s theme is generations of innovators, connecting a strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in industry, university research, a strong arts and crafts scene and the creative expression of the district’s rich and diverse communities.

This year’s programme starts with the Big Rainbow Knit which will see Huddersfield Train Station yarn bombed with a spectacular, woollen rainbow coloured installation created by an army of knitters and crocheters. Look out for unique textile artist commissions in Dewsbury, family focussed fun with a window trail through Huddersfield, and celebrations of our Growing Colour Together project that encourages growing, foraging and using household waste to make and create natural dyes. Listen to I N T E R W O V E N, a unique soundscape of Kirklees’ mill heritage and present – a mixture of machinery, work, storytelling, brass music and boliyan

Working in partnership with Our Biennale – Children’s Festival, WOVEN welcomes families to have lots of fun together, explore the thriving textile industry on your doorstep and get creative with yarn. On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June there will be a series of live and online demonstrations, as well as the culmination of various projects that have been taking place in schools during the last year.

Look out for drop in activities taking place around the Piazza Shopping centre for families and children of all ages. Come and see an exhibition of large scale sculptures created by children and young people across Kirklees as part of Our Biennale and inspired by the Joanna Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

WOVEN will also showcase the science and innovation of textiles with talks from The Space Shed, shining a light on all the incredible work happening behind the scenes in Kirklees that is inspiring the next generation of innovators.

The Space Shed is brought to WOVEN by Unlimited Theatre and is the Unlimited Space Agency‘s spectacular mobile HQ recently winning ‘Unique’ Shed of the Year! Appearing at music, science and arts festivals across the UK, The Space Shed plays host to inspirational storytelling shows, interviews with leading scientists and sets by guest DJs.

The final weekend of the festival, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, will be a celebration of two long term projects, The Big Rainbow Knit and Growing Colour Together, where participants have knitted thousands of squares for the yarn bomb installations and explored the techniques and processes involved in natural dyeing and how they can be applied to textile art and making.

There will also be lots of talks, exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and even walks to get involved with throughout the festival.

For the full programme of events and further information about the festival visit www.woveninkirklees.co.uk

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INTERWOVEN wants your textile industry memories and stories! / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-11T00:00:00Z">Sat 11 Dec 2021</span>INTERWOVEN wants your textile industry memories and stories! / Sat 11 Dec 2021

If you or anyone you know works or worked in the textile industry in and around Dewsbury we’d love to hear from you so that we can include your memories and stories in the INTERWOVEN project. To find out more please s...

Submit Something You&apos;ve Made To The Woolly Winterland Catwalk / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-11-20T00:00:00Z">Sat 20 Nov 2021</span>Submit Something You've Made To The Woolly Winterland Catwalk / Sat 20 Nov 2021

WOVEN and the Winter Festival invite you to step out, step up and show off your wonderful handmade winter wardrobe! We know how much talent there is in Kirklees for making your own amazing items of clothing, so we wa...

Take part in the WOVEN survey for a chance to win a £50 voucher / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-07-18T00:00:00Z">Sun 18 Jul 2021</span>Take part in the WOVEN survey for a chance to win a £50 voucher / Sun 18 Jul 2021

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WOVEN 2021 Evaluation Report and Planning for 2023 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-01T00:00:00Z">Wed 01 Dec 2021</span>WOVEN 2021 Evaluation Report and Planning for 2023 / Wed 01 Dec 2021

Get involved with WOVEN - find out about the impact of the 2021 Kirklees textiles festival and join the discussion about plans for the next festival in 2023. Wednesday 1st December 3.30-5pm: Evaluation 5.30-7.30pm: ...

HUG Installation / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-06-05T00:00:00Z">Sat 05</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-06-27T00:00:00Z">Sun 27 Jun 2021</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>HUG Installation / Sat 05 to Sun 27 Jun 2021 (3 weeks)

Artists Adrian & Annabel will be embracing Kirklees in a visual hug, weaving the words of local residents into fences in Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Dewsbury. Using words from local residents, and fabric off-cuts do...

Digital Exhibition: Stitched Resiliance / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-06-05T00:00:00Z">Sat 05</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2021-06-27T00:00:00Z">Sun 27 Jun 2021</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>Digital Exhibition: Stitched Resiliance / Sat 05 to Sun 27 Jun 2021 (3 weeks)

This exhibition tells inspiring stories about the stitches that held us together during Covid-19. When the crisis hit, we responded by sewing, stitching, and making. From our communities we have seen embroidery, home ...

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INTERWOVEN Film Commission / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-01-12T00:00:00Z">Wed 12 Jan 2022</span>INTERWOVEN Film Commission / Wed 12 Jan 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced filmmaker to create visual content for an upcoming I N T E R W O V E N performance in Dewsbury. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 12 January 2022. Purpose: To c...

Temporary Artist Commission Opportunity - PUBLIC REALM / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-03-22T00:00:00Z">Mon 22 Mar 2021</span>Temporary Artist Commission Opportunity - PUBLIC REALM / Mon 22 Mar 2021

WOVEN into Place: Exploring North Kirklees Textile Connections * DEADLINE EXTENSION * The WOVEN in Kirklees Festival has been supported by funding from Kirklees Council to produce a temporary public realm artist c...

Fundraising help for WOVEN events or activities / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-01-08T00:00:00Z">Fri 08 Jan 2021</span>Fundraising help for WOVEN events or activities / Fri 08 Jan 2021

Are you thinking about running your your own event or activity as part of the 2021 WOVEN festival? Do you need some help fundraising? As we head towards the 2021 WOVEN textile festival, we are inviting you to a fun...

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This video was taken of the first few days of WOVEN. There will be more to come as the week goes on and will showcase some of the innovation going on in textiles. WOVEN is a celebration of innovation in textiles in K...

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Woven Into SongWoven Into Song

Woven 2019 saw the creation of so much new work around the textiles of Kirklees, including the original piece of music - 'Woven Into Song' This video tells you about how the Woven Into Song project developed in collab...