The Production

Each concert will feature a locally or regionally-based artist, who will present songs, music, dance, visual arts and improvisation.  There will be performances for you to enjoy and workshops (delivered via Zoom) for you to take part in and develop your own creativity.  Links to each event will be advertised on this website in the New Year.  Each performance will be available for one week so keep watching to see what is on offer and how you book your place.

Origins

The Dewsbury district of North Kirklees is often overlooked in favour of its larger cousin Huddersfield. Manasamitra has often worked in partnership with Dewsbury Minster, presenting not only local community and/or education-based work but also including the Minster in our national and international touring activity. Together we decided that it would be wonderful for Dewsbury to have a creative focus so we developed the idea of a regular event. We hope not only to develop the space for local creative practitioners, professional and community, but also to develop the public awareness of performances and events in that space; somewhere that is not a pub environment, which can exclude some.The original Dewsbury ‘Not-The-Fringe’ Festival was a pilot project, which we hoped would kick-start a regular series of events to showcase all the best that Dewsbury has to offer.  We hope this new version will keep true to the original ideals.

Performance Dates

FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
All performances
15 March –  30 June

25-30 January
NORTHERN RASCALS
Young people’s dance.  Through the Lens + The Aftermath

1-7 February
Samuel Hodgson
Original songs devised after a community cycling project

8-14 February
Savvy aka Asaviour & DJ Therealdemo
Original rap concert from Dewsbury Park Bandstand

17 February / 11am
Henry McPherson
Music / sound improvisation workshop

tbc
Pete Rosser
Online Workshop

22-28 February
Pete Rosser
Performance featuring original songs based on the diverse communities in Dewsbury

1-7 March
Becky Johnson
EXHIBIT – dance / visual arts performance

4 March / 2pm
Becky Johnson
EXHIBIT workshop linking dance and visual arts

10 March / 11am
Jenny Walinetski
African drumming / body percussion workshop

8-14 March
Rohith Sakthy
Performance of original Hindi songs featuring artists in India