INTERWOVEN celebrates North Kirklees textile heritage

I N T E R W O V E N celebrates the rich textile heritage of North Kirklees with an exciting new music commission

 This years’ I N T E R W O V E N will feature a special performance of a new music commission especially written to celebrate the rich textile heritage of North Kirklees.

The project, which is funded by Kirklees Council and is part of the wider WOVEN textile festival, brings communities together through music and storytelling, to celebrate shared experiences of the textile industry, past and present, in Dewsbury and across North Kirklees.

Round and Around: The Story of Shoddy in Song has been written by ex-Chumbawamba musician Boff Whalley and inspired by the textile industry stories of local people as well as Qawwali music and rhythms.

Its premier will be on Friday 6 May at Dewsbury Minster and the piece will be performed by The INTERWOVEN Ensemble, which consists of tabla and harmonium, brass from Hanson Arts, and folk singers Ruth and Sadie Price. They will also be joined by local poet Ahmad Lunat reading a new piece of poetry inspired by the collected stories.  Lisa Heywood and Priya Sundar performing Morris-Natyam, a fusion of English Morris dance and the Bharatanatyam dance of southern India and local contemporary folk singer Maddie Morris, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2019.

As well as the live performance there will also be a special programme of events running from 30 April – 15 May at a new, pop-up event space in Dewsbury Town Centre. The programme at 17 Foundry Street includes a new exhibition exploring the shoddy and mungo industry and inspired by stories collected for the project, as well as a series of FREE talks and workshops including dance, craft, music and poetry.

INTERWOVEN 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. It was 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.

The full programme for INTERWOVEN in Dewsbury can be found at