WOVEN is the celebration of the district’s globally recognized industry from the past, present and future this summer, putting Kirklees’ textile heritage into the spotlight. WOVEN, supported by the Creative Economy Team at Kirklees Council with festival curators HATCH, will be bringing the community together from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th June 2019, also featuring collaboration with creative organisations, artists, education settings, businesses, industry and heritage sites across Kirklees. As well as this, a series of events are taking place to further celebrate future opportunities for careers and creativity aiming to be a central point for career advice to all ages.

Some of the events during the week-long festival will include ‘The Big Knit’ where the community will be encouraged to ‘yarn bomb’ local landmarks across Kirklees. In addition to this there will be mill walks, tours and open days; pop up exhibitions, events across theaters, galleries and museums with local artists, music and film makers; markets and craft maker markets as well as events for businesses, families and local schools.

The textile industry in Kirklees dates back to the 1400s and since then generations of innovators have helped to carve out a reputation for Kirklees textiles. The industrial revolution transformed the industry with the introduction of modern technologies and catapulted textiles. Since then, many of these textile businesses still exist today, continuing to innovate with the emergence of the digital revolution and more advanced technologies.

WOVEN aims to show people that the textiles industry is still very relevant and show that it is about innovation, digital entrepreneurialism and creativity. WOVEN will help connect Kirklees’ strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in university research, incorporating the district’s arts and crafts scene and creative talent.

See the WOVEN website for information on how to join in, volunteering opportunities and latest events taking place between 8 - 16 June 2019.

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Vounteer Social Gathering for WOVEN on 5 March / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-02-19T00:00:00Z">Wed 19 Feb 2020</span>Vounteer Social Gathering for WOVEN on 5 March / Wed 19 Feb 2020

Planning for WOVEN in 2021 has started, with some longer term projects and partner events happening between now and then. We are also sharing an empty shop space called Maker World in the Piazza, Huddersfield with the...

WOVEN Festival holds open planning meeting - get involved / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-12-10T00:00:00Z">Tue 10 Dec 2019</span>WOVEN Festival holds open planning meeting - get involved / Tue 10 Dec 2019

Kirklees Council and HATCH (curators of WOVEN) are in the early stages of thinking about WOVEN in 2021. We are keen to make the planning and development process as transparent and accessible as possible to everyone invo...

Makers Market in Huddersfield this weekend / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-11T00:00:00Z">Tue 11 Jun 2019</span>Makers Market in Huddersfield this weekend / Tue 11 Jun 2019

Pop in to Huddersfield this weekend for the WOVEN Makers Market at the Byram Arcade and the Lawrence Batley Theatre courtyard. Come and browse local crafts and makers on Saturday 15 June.

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Word Weavers Cabaret / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-16T00:00:00Z">Sun 16 Jun 2019</span>Word Weavers Cabaret / Sun 16 Jun 2019

The word weavers cabaret brings together poets from across Kirklees in celebration of words spoken and written. Hosted by spoken word artist Rose Condo, the event will feature some of the best poets in the district. The ...

Woven Into Song in Holmfirth / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-16T00:00:00Z">Sun 16 Jun 2019</span>Woven Into Song in Holmfirth / Sun 16 Jun 2019

Woven Into Song is a performance of a new piece of music that will explore the stories of the South Asian communities who were drawn to Kirklees by the textile industry. Written by Boff Whalley, ex-Chumbawamba guitarist/...

Holmfirth Arts Festival Banner Parade / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-06-16T00:00:00Z">Sun 16 Jun 2019</span>Holmfirth Arts Festival Banner Parade / Sun 16 Jun 2019

The Textile Banner Parade, created by Edgelands Arts with people from across the Holme Valley, and embracing the theme of Generations of Innovators, will fill the streets of Holmfirth with a riotous carnival of colour an...

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PR/Marketing Opportunity with WOVEN / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-03-05T00:00:00Z">Thu 05 Mar 2020</span>PR/Marketing Opportunity with WOVEN / Thu 05 Mar 2020

WOVEN is a celebration of innovation in textiles across Kirklees and is funded by Kirklees Council. The first festival took place in June 2019 as a pilot and was enormously successful, engaging participants and audiences...

WOVEN Open Planning Meeting - 1st meeting 16 Jan 2020 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-12-10T00:00:00Z">Tue 10 Dec 2019</span>WOVEN Open Planning Meeting - 1st meeting 16 Jan 2020 / Tue 10 Dec 2019

The team at WOVEN are currently in the early stages of thinking about WOVEN in 2021 and are keen to make the planning and development process as transparent and accessible as possible, to everyone involved in the pilot f...

WOVEN - Volunteers wanted / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2019-05-31T00:00:00Z">Fri 31 May 2019</span>WOVEN - Volunteers wanted / Fri 31 May 2019

WOVEN is a celebration of innovation in textiles across Kirklees from 8-16 June that has been initiated by Kirklees Council in partnership and collaboration with festival curators HATCH, cultural organisations, artists,...

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WOVEN video - the story so farWOVEN video - the story so far

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...

The WOVEN in Kirklees Film 2019The WOVEN in Kirklees Film 2019

The inaugural Woven in Kirklees Festival took place this year - a festival of over 100 events celebrating innovation in textiles across Kirklees. The festival may be complete for 2019, however, we are excited that this i...