Batley to celebrate fifth anniversary of community arts and entertainment festival


Thousands of people are expected to descend on the fifth annual Batley Festival when it takes over the West Yorkshire town on Saturday 10 September.

The festival was established in 2011 and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Dewsbury based arts project, Creative Scene, and the Batley Festival Committee.

The one day event will take place at key venues across the town, including the Marketplace, Library, Batley Memorial Gardens and Batley Town Hall, where a ‘Best of Batley’ event will showcase talent including Kirklees Music School, Batley Community Choir and the West Yorkshire Drama Academy.

The festival will culminate in a 40 minute, out-door evening performance at 8.30pm in the town’s Memorial Gardens, known as the ‘Batley Picture Show’.  A combination of film, music, live theatre, aerial performance and pyrotechnics will tell the story of Batley’s manufacturing, sporting and cultural heritage over the last 100 years, produced by international outdoor events company, Periplum.

Rebecca Legg, festival director at Creative Scene said:

“Over the last five years the Festival has provided an opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Batley, and as a wholly volunteer-led event, it has enabled local people to get involved in either creating the performances or delivering the festival logistics.

“We asked local people and businesses to submit archive footage of Batley over the years to help us stage the show-stopping Batley Picture Show, and we have received an overwhelming response from organisations including Fox’s Biscuits and Yorkshire Film Archive.”

Batley Festival is free to attend and takes place from 11am on September 10 at various locations across the town. The Batley Picture Show outdoor spectacular takes place at 8.30pm in the Memorial Gardens. For further information, visit