By Dan Antunes
With recent fluctuations in Huddersfield’s business scene, the importance of independence is more apparent than ever.
Huddersfield is peppered with innovative venues that stand out from the uninspiring retail brands that are so familiar to us, with quaint bars, eateries and cafes, as well as unique clothing stores and hobbyist shops.
From the 25th-27th of October, ‘Hudds Indie fest 2019’ aims to showcase the importance of these independent venues through an extravaganza of events.
Mostly centred around the Piazza Centre, the festival is part of a pilot scheme supported by Kirklees Council’s Arts & Creative Development Team, and aims to highlight the passions for quality, service and value that are ingrained within these businesses’ identities.
The festival will also act as an opportunity to rediscover Huddersfield through a non-commercialized scope, allowing you to become enamoured with the often-overlooked charm these places bring to the town.
Hosting ‘‘specially designed menus, discounts, live music, exhibitions and a wonderful number of exciting collaborations’’, the festival promises to be a bonanza of specialised events that’ll give insight into why independent’s the best way forward.
Events featured throughout the weekend will be; the Literature festival, which will feature spoken word, opportunities to work on presenting skills and an open mic, Children’s events, which span from Polly’s travelling tea party to meetings with a dinosaur adventurer, and exhibitions and installations from contemporary artists. The festival will also include the chance to visit independents like Epicure, Café Mandalay, The Corner, Vox bar, Arcade Coffee and Food and Kwas where DJ sets will also be held.
Aidan Nolan, a key organizer of the event, stated that the festival will aim to capture the “diverse offering of businesses’’ around the centre in “all its glory’’ with Hoult’s wine and bar’s Rob Hoult agreeing that it’ll reflect how ‘’independent businesses … really cares about their customers and offer something truly different’’.
It is hoped that this promising festival will become a staple within the Huddersfield events calendar, hopefully promoting the move to more independence in Huddersfield.
Further details of the event can be found on its Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/HuddsIndie/
Why you should check out 'Hudds Indie 2019'
By Dan Antunes