Whooooo!

Created by 509 Arts with the people of Calderdale, Landlines & Watermarks tells the story of a valley and a people shaped by water. Summer 2017 will see a major celebration at The Piece Hall Halifax and in towns throughout the valley from Todmorden to Elland. You can be part of it - find out how

Parp!

Created by 509 Arts with the people of Calderdale, Landlines & Watermarks tells the story of a valley and a people shaped by water.

Summer 2017 will see a major celebration at The Piece Hall Halifax and in towns throughout the valley from Todmorden to Elland.

Find out more

Don't Miss it

Calderland – A People’s Opera

a mass spectacle telling the story of the valley in words and music.  Performed by the people of Calderdale on the 29th & 30th September and 1st October in the amazing surroundings of the Piece Hall as part of its’ opening programme.

Read more

Head to an event

Water Works – six new creative projects

featuring the stories and creativity of people from Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

From July to October, a wave of free events will ripple down the valley, in a cultural celebration of the resilience and friendship of these flood-affected communities.

Find out more

Join the celebration!

The People’s Fair at The Piece Hall

on the 30th September and 1st October will be a market and showcase for Calderdale’s creative and community talent, businesses and civic organisations. Expect parades and processions, street theatre, market stalls, exhibitions, food and the entirely unexpected.

Find out more

Join us in a celebration

Take part

You can be part of Landlines & Watermarks

Whether you’re a singer, a local historian, a business or charity, have a water story to tell about the Calder Valley or are interested in volunteering, there are many ways you can get involved.

Tell us your water story

Share a Calder tale

Be part of the show

Find out how

Join the Peoples' Fair

Join in here

A 509 Arts production

Your stories

...of life in, on or by water.  Dive in!

Water

  The Calder Valley is a place shaped by water: water that falls from the sky and soaks the land and feeds the streams that etched the valley out of folded rock; water that fills the reservoirs that once made steam for the mills, work for the people and...

read more

Waving not Drowning

On 29 December 2015, tired of the mainstream media narrative that the Army were coming to save the Calder Valley from looters in the wake of the Boxing Day Floods, a team of citizen videographers were mobilised to go and get the real story about how the communities of Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd not only survived, but thrived.

read more

From Weaver to Web

The Industrial Revolution in Calderdale From the late eighteenth century, technological innovation in the textile industry led to the proliferation of increasing numbers of water-powered cotton and worsted spinning mills and woollen scribbling (carding)...

read more