The Production

Each concert will feature a locally-base choir or community group, presenting songs, poetry, speech or sound. The local group will be supported by a guest artist or artists. Currently scheduled are:

25th February: Cor Tristo. This group from York features James Cave, an Associate Artist with Manasamitra.

31st March: Jessica Baker; a Huddersfield-based vocalist and musician who is well-known for her inspiring work in the local community. Her choir will be taking part in the first concert with Cor Tristo.

Other artists will be announced when they are confirmed.


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 Dewsbury ‘Not-The-Fringe’ Festival is a pilot project, which we hope will kick-start a regular series of events to showcase all the best that Dewsbury has to offer.

Performance Dates

All performances have been postponed due to the closure of Dewsbury Minster until further notice.  Please watch this space for news.

Events will be on the following Tuesdays at 1pm (tbc)

  • 25th February
  • 24th March
  • 31st March
  • 21st April
  • 28th April
  • 7th May
  • 12th May