I N T E R W O V E N – We need your stories of Dewsbury’s textile industry!

WOVEN in Kirklees is asking the public to share stories, anecdotes and memories of their experiences in the local textile industry, both now and in the past, for an ongoing project called I N T E R W O V E N.

What is I N T E R W O V E N?

I N T E R W O V E N is part of the WOVEN textile festival. Communities come together through music and storytelling. Communities celebrate shared experiences of the textile industry, past and present, in Dewsbury and across Kirklees.

The project began as Woven Into Song at the first WOVEN festival in June 2019 – a boliyan and choir performance that told stories of textile industry immigration from the industrial revolution to the present day. The project further developed for the 2021 festival as a unique soundscape of the Kirklees area, both its mill heritage and its present – a mixture of machinery, work, storytelling, brass music and boliyan.

What can you expect this year?

This year I N T E R W O V E N will include a temporary exhibition and live performance. The exhibition and performance will take place in Dewsbury Minster on 6th May 22.

Performing the new musical piece will be Qawwali musicians, a brass band, and folk singers. Joining them will be local poet Ahmad Lunat reading a new piece of poetry inspired by the collected stories.  The stories might be used in film, workshops and talks that will accompany the performance.

The project team includes Huddersfield based artists Hardeep Sahota and Mandeep Samra. As well as, ex-Chumbawamba musician and writer Boff Whalley.

Mandeep Samara said:

“We really want to hear the personal stories of life working in the textile industry of Dewsbury and the wider North Kirklees area, but in particular those from South Asian communities. They will feature in both the live performance element and other aspects of the overall project. It’s a great opportunity to create something which is totally unique. As well as, celebrating the sound of Kirklees both in its heritage and the present.”

Nat Walton, Woven Festival Curator said:

I N T E R W O V E N is just one of the many exciting projects which takes place as part of the wider WOVEN festival. We’re thrilled to be able to expand on the great work achieved so far and bring live performances to local communities. Engaging with the local community is key to the success of the WOVEN festival. This project is a unique way for people to be part of something really special for all to enjoy.”

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

I N T E R W O V E N will be a great way to bridge the gap between our WOVEN festivals, which currently take place every two years. It’s projects like this that truly bring to life the personal stories of residents who’ve worked in the textile industry here in Kirklees. Ensuring these aspects of our collective history are kept alive is important and telling these stories through performance and exhibitions will help bring them to life for our communities today.”

Do you want to share your story? 

Anyone wishing to share stories, anecdotes, memories should contact Community Development Coordinator Satnam Galsian by email satnam@manasamitra.com or mobile 07413 399054. The deadline for submissions is the end of March.

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Kirklees Council fund the WOVEN initiative. The initiative connects strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in industry and university research. As well as, arts and crafts expertise together with the creative expression of the district’s rich and diverse communities.

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