The factory doors are open!

In partnership with South Asian Arts UK (SAA-uk) and Kirklees’ Woven Festival, Threads II explores the history of the textiles industry withinKirklees through sound, music and movement. Working with three schools, the project follows the threads of history shared between factory workers from the UK and India, who worked together in Yorkshire’s textile mills making fabrics for the nation.

Students from Batley Grammar, Upper Batley High School and Batley Girls High School will take part in workshops run by sound artist Alex de Little, Kathak dancer Jyoti Manral and SAA-uk’s Artistic Director Keranjeet Kaur Virdee, creating an artistic interpretation of our rich textiles history. A miniature orchestra of instruments and electronic sounds will conjure up the atmosphere of the factories and contemporary movement(using the Classical Indian style of Kathak dance)will mimic the movements of the old machinery.

Following the first iteration of Threads at hcmf// 2018, featuring students from Batley Grammar School, Woven, Kirklees’ first festival dedicated to textiles, has kindly supported the project to create a reimagining of Threads that includes all 3 secondary schools within Batley.

Come join us for this very special performance and immerse yourself in the woven histories of the Kirklees region.

Saturday 15 June, 4pm
Batley Community Centre
(formerly Batley Old People’s Centre)
Upper Commerical St, Batley, WF17 5DH
Seating is limited, so please arrive for 3.30pm.

This event is free, but please book a space via