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Festival Sessions is coming to Hayfield after successfully securing funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery.

The festival will run from 2nd – 4th September and brings together a varied programme including drag and vogue, DJs, live music, storytelling and community art installations.

Artists from Manchester, Sheffield, and the High Peak will perform in different sessions over the weekend including a cabaret night, family festival, dance party, Zen Tent, ‘Introducing’ session and an experimental art installation – there is something to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

Festival Director, Joss Underwood said, “Our vision for the festival is to be inclusive and accessible to people of all backgrounds, which is why the programme is so varied. We want to ensure that the art we put on is representative of People of Colour, LGBTQIA+ and those who are neurodiverse.  There isn’t enough visibility or diversity in the arts in rural areas and that is why our festival exists.”

Festival organisers are also inviting local talent to get involved for an Introducing Session. This will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 4thSeptember and will showcase emerging talent from the High Peak and surrounding areas.  “We want to provide a platform for emerging artists to perform. Whether you are a storyteller, DJ, musician, or poet, we want to hear from you. The Arts Council England, National Lottery funding has allowed us to create these new opportunities.” Artists will receive payment and be matched to a mentor to help develop their creative practice and expand their network. If you are interested in performing at the Introducing session you can apply here:

Tickets can be purchased for £8 per session online or you can purchase a limited addition weekend wristband for £25. You can also access further discount until 31st May with code EARLYBIRD15 on Eventbrite checkout.


More details on the whole event and the different sessions can be found below, and for press enquiries please contact: Joss Underwood 07772 179087


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