A Happier Valley – Do you have a story to share about Brighouse?

A Happier Valley – Do you have a story to share about Brighouse?

Local people are invited to The Market Tavern to share their stories of Brighouse and its waterways this summer. A Happier Valley is a project focusing on gathering stories about the people of Brighouse and how living so close to water can shape our lives.

The stories that people want to share will be recorded in various ways by the public; for example, drawn, written down or voice recorded. The anecdotes that are captured will then be uploaded to an online story-capture website called Yarn. Imran Ali, associate technology artist, worked on the creation of Yarn, ‘Yarn is a community storytelling app, designed in 2015 in collaboration with the University of Leeds, empowering users with tools to create stories using material from the web and from archive partners such museums, libraries and galleries.’ Imran will be leading on the workshops at the Market Tavern.

There will also be chance to capture your story on film; as part of the project, North Park Pictures, a local film production company, is making a short documentary about the people of Brighouse and will be at the drop-in sessions.

The production team have started filming local groups such as the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group and the South Pennine Boat Club which originated in Brighouse.

The drop-in sessions will take place on Tuesday 11th, 18th, 25th July and 1st  August from 7pm to 9pm at The Market Tavern on Ship Street, Brighouse. Deb Taylor, owner of The Market Tavern said, ‘I’m always happy to host events for local people and projects here at the Tavern; pubs are the places for people to get together and share stories over a pint.’ Food will be provided by North’s Seasonal Kitchen.

Freedom Studios, a Bradford based theatre company, is working on this project, which has been commissioned by Calderdale Council and Calderdale Community Foundation. It is being coordinated by 509 Arts, an arts organisation based in Shipley, to celebrate all the market towns across the Calder Valley who were affected by the flooding, December 2015.

 

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July 7, 2017