In 2014 we took our festival to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and fell in love with the town. We worked closely with the council and local businesses and were made to feel very welcome. We are keen to return and to grow our base in the local community. Our intention is to continue our work, providing new opportunities for local and international communities to engage with high quality music and the arts, by bringing artists, musicians, makers and similar creative folk from all over the world to the festival.
We don’t just be bring people to town for a one-off event, however. We work closely with individuals and businesses in the area. We are continuing to work with Faceless Arts and others as we put on an expanding range of community-based arts and music events in the period leading up to the festival (such as the flash mobs, splash mobs, platform performances and pop-up events we put on in 2014).
The purpose of the festival in bringing together ukulele clubs, players, makers, teachers and others across the country is not simply to create a weekend of world-class arts, and entertainment. We aim to create a legacy so that any new-found interests in music or the arts more generally might continue to flourish long after the festival has ended.
In support of this we bring artists with whom we have collaborated, to clubs and groups around the country for workshops, performances and tuition. One example of that work was the 23-date Manitoba Hal tour in May and June 2014. Some of the places he visited included the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, the Belper Arts Festival, Music Is Life/Southern Ukulele Store in Bournemouth, Tricity Vogue’s June Ukulele Cabaret in London and clubs up and down the country.
We are also keen to hear your thoughts as you read this page. If you have ideas, do get in touch. We are happy to consider other ways of reaching out to people. We welcome any suggestions via email, comments or via any of our social media outlets.