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First ever virtual event from Harrogate International Festivals gets underway

First ever virtual event from Harrogate International Festivals gets underway

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:51am 23rd July 2020.

The 'HIF Weekender' promises to bring world-class culture to your home over the next four days.

  • Harrogate International Festivals were forced to cancel their summer season this year due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • But, they've come up with an alternative, a virtual four-day festival which can be enjoyed in your own home for free
  • There's something for everyone, from musical performances to interviews with famous authors


Harrogate International Festivals are holding their first ever virtual event over the next four days, under the banner 'HIF Weekender'.

Earlier this year they announced that their usual summer season of events would have to be cancelled due to coronavirus.

But now in it's place there's a chance to enjoy performances and interviews online from the comfort of your own home, from today until Saturday.

This weekend should have been the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, so the virtual festival will kick off with the Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Awards tonight.

They will be followed by a wide range of other events over the weekend to suit all tastes, from an interview with crime writer Val McDermid to the performance of a specially commissioned brass band piece.



Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals, said:

“Out of crisis comes creativity, and Harrogate International Festivals is delighted to present a world-class line-up for our first virtual HIF Weekender. Bucking the trend, we have opened our digital doors and wallets to fund artists and commission new work, knowing the transformative value that the arts bring in supporting communities – both locally and for our international audience.

"Whilst there is no denying that this is a hugely challenging time for the arts and for artists, festivals play a vital part in the creative industries ecology and defining our cultural landscape, and so we are extremely proud to be presenting this rich selection to our audiences world-wide for free, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all at a time when we need it the most.”