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Morley Arts Festival

Inviting you to explore the arts through a variety of events & activities for all

Poetry Festival

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their 'lockdown' poems - we received 46 in total! All of which will be published into our booklet. Hear's Barnsley poet, Ian McMillan reading out one of our amazing entries from Mike Wilson!

Our poetry books are available to buy at just £3.00 each or £1.50 for our Ebook. Each person who sent in their poems will of course receive a complimentary copy. For additional books or to reserve your copy please use our 'Contact Us' form and we will get right back to you!

We hope you're all staying safe and well!  We have had to make some tricky decisions here at MAF HQ. 


Our 15th annual Festival was due to take place this September - October 2020. Due to the challenging times we find ourselves in we have decided to adapt our offer this year. 


So although we will not be delivering our traditional Festival fortnight in Autumn, we will be replacing it with a series of online events, talks, childrens's activities and more coming soon!

Then as soon as we are permitted to do so, we will be proud to host smaller pop up events in the New Year.

Please click the FACEBOOK icon or visit our YOUTUBE channel to stay up to date with all our events and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Explore your Inner artist

welcome to the morley arts                      festival

The Festival is in its 15th year and continues to go from strength to strength as one of the North of England's leading Festivals delivering a high quality inclusive programme of events

The Festival encompass a wide range of events including music, dance, art, literature, history, poetry, comedy, science, cooking, travel, adventure, childrens entertainment, workshops and school programmes.

Our Festival director, working with the committee, volunteers, agents and cultural organisations has organised and coordinated this year's exciting and innovative events.  We would love you to join us and enjoy.

The Festival would not exist without you our, audience, and if you would like to partcipate in helping in other ways please click the button 


Morley Arts Festival is excited to be working with John Slemensek of Studio Bokehgo who  has created a new piece of film responding to our theme 'Morley - a small town with big ambitions'.

John's creation,  'Morley In A Day', explores how the Festival and the local community is adapting through and out of lockdown. 

Click here to view it

We hope you enjoy it!

History of Morley Town Hall

As part of a much reduced Art Festival due to the Covid 19 pandemic Dr Clive McManus, our Town Archivist, produced a really interesting and informative Zoom talk on the history of Morley Town Hall which was first broadcast on the 10 September 2020

Click here to view it

We are sure you will find it fascinating

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Contact US

If you have any questions, feedback or if you want to join our mailing list please let us know below

Rachael Kennedy, Morley Arts Festival Director, Morley Town Hall, Queen Street, Morley, Leeds LS27 9DY

T: 07534 603767

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A special thanks to our Morley Arts festival supporters

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