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Here is the draft programme for the Huddersfield Luddites200 Festival on April 27th -29th. As you’ll see we have a terrific line-up and a very varied programme, with something for everybody, including children. Please help us make the festival as successful as possible by forwarding this message to friends, colleagues and groups that will be interested.
Highlights of the festival include:
SHOWS. Amongst Those Dark Satanic Mills, The Noisy Frame.
MUSIC. Folk Song Session at The Albert Hotel, Evening Gig – Red Sky Coven (book now, tickets are going fast).
DAVE DOUGLAS & THEO SIMON. Were the Luddites Right?
POETRY. Open Mic & Competition Awards Ceremony hosted by Andy Croft.
FILMS. The Luddites and New Technology, Whose Progress?
DEBATES. Computers and the Internet: are they hurtful to Commonality?; Synthetic Biology & Geoengineering; Industrialism & Environmental Crisis.
Saturday afternoon will climax with a spectacular Luddite reenactment including frame smashing. There will also be exhibitions, hands-on spinning and weaving workshops, stalls and a guided walk on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there.
On the same weekend there will be events at the Colne Valley Museum, including re-enactments and demonstrations of spinning and weaving. See www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk for more details.
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