Handmade Parade were formed in 2008 as a single event in Hebden Bridge, and have grown over the years to be a year-round arts organisation who produce amazing community-focused parades and other productions, run workshops, and build incredible giant puppets, lanterns and other artwork.
We work with a large network of talented makers, musicians, dancers, puppeteers, techies and managers, to produce our own local events – the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade, and Todmorden’s Lamplighter Festival, and we also partner with other organisations to work nationally and internationally, bringing colour, light and wonder to communities near and far – our aim is to bring joy to people, and to connect them to the places they live in.
For the Open Studios, we’re opening our doors and inviting people into a building that’s been dark and quiet for far too long, after the cancellation of events during 2020. There will be a chance to see:
· A showcase of amazing puppets, lanterns and other artwork from 13 years of Handmade Parade
· The gorgeous physical artwork from our film ‘We Are Here’, made remotely with 1500 participants during 2020
· Storyboards, signs, and other interesting, lovely things which have been part of our story so far