As part #RefugeeWeek2020 Northern Broadsides collaborated with Artworks and SBC Theatre, offering a series of creative projects happening across June to celebrate community spirit across Calderdale. Join SBC Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 20th June live on Zoom to celebrate connectivity, community and culture in this short, playful performance suitable for all ages. Email info@sbctheatre.co.uk for access to the Zoom link.

In the middle of lockdown April 2020 the people of Calderdale were invited to take part in a unique art project to celebrate becoming a Valley of Sanctuary.

‘People of Calderdale, here we are. Wherever you’re from, whatever communities you’re part of, we are all united in being in the same place at this unique moment in time. Who are you? What do you imagine? For yourself, this place, and the future?’

A wide range of rich creative pieces were received from all ages and parts of the community – poems, drawings, songs, films, letters, paintings, zoom calls and recipes! Together they show the wonderful creativity and diversity of the people of Calderdale – their lives, homes, experiences of lockdown, connections to other nations, and a strong sense of community.

SBC Theatre – Refugee Week Programme 2020


Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary is part of the City of Sanctuary movement, which is committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. These local groups from boroughs, towns and cities across the UK and Ireland work to create a culture of welcome across every sphere of society.


In 2019, Northern Broadsides collaborated with St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, who support refugees and asylum seekers with practical and emotional support as they settle in Calderdale. The Christmas concert, performed at The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, brought together traditional Yorkshire folk songs, performed by Ripponden-based multi-instrumentalist Alice Jones, with the tales of how Iranian musicians Amir and Kamran found themselves living in Halifax. Local actors Catherine Kinsella and Tom Shaw completed the line-up for a celebration of festive cheer and a reflection on Christmases past, present and future.

Christmas Broadsides