Wakefield is buzzing with culture this February!

Here are just a few of the highlights…..

 

Open Mic Night – Women ONLY

Wed 1st Feb, 7pm, Customs House

Women’s Voices Ring Out event hosted by the Well Women Center.

The Empty Nesters’ Club
Wed 1st – Sat 4th Feb, Theatre Royal Wakefield

Club artwork 2017

Written & directed by John Godber

Join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters’ Club. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you!

Vicky will share her story of empty bedrooms, fresher’s flu, boyfriends, long goodbyes, motorway service stations and trips to Ikea; and how she fought back to be the woman she is today: exhausted!

Derek Nash

Fri 3rd Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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Wakefield Jazz surges into February with Jools Holland’s alto sax player Derek Nash and his all-star Acoustic Band.

Sat 4th Feb, 7.30pm, Unity Works

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip

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Coffee, cake and conservation

Thurs 9th Feb, 10 – 11.30am, Nostell

Ever wondered what happens when the house doors close for winter? See what the conservation team get up to, to look after this special place and have a go at some conservation techniques yourself.

Seamus Blake

Fri 10th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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We are particularly proud to present the world class American Seamus Blake with his Hammond Organ trio. This is an Orpheus Project presentation by NorVol Jazz and Apollo Jazz.  He comes from New York to play almost exclusively Northern Clubs (though London has also grabbed him).  The BBC will record one of his gigs.

Sat 11th Feb, 10pm, Unity Works

Mike Skinner DJ Set

February half-term @ Nostell

Mon 13th – Fri 17th Feb, 11am – 3pm, Nostell

As nature starts to wake up, join us for family fun from making bird feeders, scrapbooks, playing games, crafts etc. Find out more. 

Dennis Rollins

Fri 17th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

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We present a quartet featuring Doncaster-born Dennis Rollins. This National figure is with a band of established London players.

Sat 18th Feb 7.30pm, Unity Works

Midge Ure

Sing! Dance! Act!
Performance Academy Pontefract Showcase
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February

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A chance to see some of the most talented young performers in West Yorkshire as Theatre Royal Performance Academy Pontefract hits the stage for their annual showcase.

The Family Band

Fri 24th Feb, Wakefield Jazz

Wakefield Jazz brings a band formed in Leeds together again after 2 members moved to London. The Family Band plays high energy music inspired by the work of Ornette Coleman.  This gig is subsidised by Jazz North.

Sat 25th Feb, 9pm Unity Works

This Is The Eighties with Terry Hall

 

Coming soon!

Gala Dinner & Variety Performance
Thurs 2nd March

Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Gala Dinner & Variety Performance returns for another year and tickets are selling fast. Unity Hall hosts a champagne reception and a mouth-watering three course dinner, as well as the chance to win a number of unique auction lots. After the Variety Performance, guests will return to meet the stars of the show at the post-show party. Find out more.

 

Harrison’s Garden

Luke Jerram Credit Helen Lisk

(Image: ‘Harrison’s Garden’ by Luke Jerram. Photo by Helen Lisk.)

Saturday 25 March – Sunday 9 July

Nostell looks after a very special longcase clock made by local born inventor, John Harrison. In 2017, this handcrafted masterpiece is 300 years old and to celebrate, we’re hosting a contemporary art installation of 2,000 ticking clocks by world renowned artist Luke Jerram. Find out more.

Wakefield granted Cultural Destinations Funding

Wakefield Cultural Consortium, consisting 16 local organisations, has been awarded £223,000 from Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations initiative, for a three year programme, to enhance local cultural offerings and encourage visitors to Wakefield.

Wakefield has a unique heritage and a growing cultural offer – from festivals to cutting edge contemporary art – and as a result, is one of 16 successful Cultural Destinations applicants. Led by Beam, the consortium will see local arts and cultural venues team up with tourism businesses and the wider business sector to promote Wakefield as one of Yorkshire’s leading cultural destinations. Together they will embed culture within the district’s ambitions for economic growth, jobs and improved skills.

Partners in the Wakefield Cultural Consortium are: Beam, National Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nostell, Wakefield Council, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield College, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield Bondholder Scheme, Cognitiv, Wakefield Arts Partnership, The Art House, Faceless Arts, One to One Development, Unity Works and Xscape.

Jenny Layfield, Wakefield Cultural Consortium, said: “We are so pleased to have been successful in our bid for Cultural Destinations funding. Wakefield is only two hours from London and punches well above its weight in relation to cultural and tourist attractions, the support of the Arts Council will enable us to start a proactive conversation with our regional and national audiences and ensure that Wakefield builds on its strengths and expands its visitor economy.”

Sarah Maxfield, North Area Director, Arts Council England said: “This is fantastic news for the North. This investment will capitalise on the rich variety of arts and culture on offer here – positioning places as diverse as the rural Lake District, the metropolitan borough of Calderdale, and cities such as Sheffield and Manchester as leading cultural destinations. Over the coming years we hope to see these ambitious projects encouraging growth in the local visitor economy, and attracting more people from across the country – and indeed the world – to these great places.”

Cultural Destinations is an initiative that was developed by the Arts Council as a result of a three-year partnership with VisitEngland, the national tourist board. The programme aims to increase the reach of those experiencing arts and culture, the sustainability of cultural organisations in local destinations, and to encourage the public and private sector to work together to support the growth of the local visitor economy.