About Landlines and Watermarks



Landlines and Watermarks is an exciting new project telling the story of a place and a people shaped by water. Presented by 509 Arts in partnership with the people of the Calder Valley, it will use local stories to present tales of change - in music and song, parade and performance, and through community celebration.

Photo by Stephanie Penny

Calderland - tales of a valley told in music and song

A rootin' tootin' People's Opera!

Calderland is a big musical celebration, drawing together singers and musicians from across the valley.  The community production will tell the story of the Calder valley and its relationship with water and be presented at the end of September in the Piece Hall, Halifax

Calderdale People's Fair

a creative and community celebration

The Calderdale People’s Fair will bring together the individuals, institutions and organisations that shape the life of the Calder Valley. The People's Fair takes place on the last weekend of September 2017, showing off Calderdale in its Sunday Best.

Water Works

a wave of creative events across the valley.

A series of creative events and artworks - new commissions - inspired by and based in each of the 6 flood affected towns in Calderdale:  Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse and Elland, will take place throughout the Summer.

509 Arts is producing and presenting Landlines & Watermarks with local cultural partners and the Calder Valley’s many communities and artists.  If you are interested in being involved please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.