Hebden Bridge will celebrate 100 years of peacetime in it’s now famously quirky way with The White Birds Project, an art installation which will mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War, and will be a spectacular visual celebration of peace by the people of the town.
On Sunday 4th November, in the week leading up to a very special remembrance Sunday, over a thousand white paper birds, each with personal messages inside and made by locals, will be installed on the Town Hall building to create an incredible memorial and celebration of peace.
“To mark one hundred years since the end of WW1 the town council wanted to commission something which was fitting for the occasion and reflected the thoughtful, quirky community we represent. The White Birds project, created by all the community, will be visually stunning and will represent our hopes for the future. We hope it will make people reflect on both the past and the future.” Cllr. Dr Carol Stow, Mayor of Hebden Royd.
The Bishop of Huddersfield will join the Mayor at the event to mark the occasion and to witness the unveiling of the flock of white birds.
The public will be invited to bring a lantern and listen to a choir who will sing songs of peace. There will be large bird lanterns which will lead everyone to the Hebden Bridge Town Hall court yard to see the installation of hundreds of small white birds, flying in a huge flock.
Local international arts company Handmade Parade has led the artistic development of the installation, Project Manager Fran Sierevogel explains: ‘Handmade Parade is very well known locally for our annual masquerade of fun for all. We hold three weeks of open workshops involving local artists, families, volunteers, guest artists and amazing street bands. When we were asked to work on this amazing project we couldn’t refuse! Working with the community is what we enjoy most – and creating spectacles like this with them to celebrate peacetime is remarkable’.
After the event people will be invited to add their own white bird, with their own personal message of peace and remembrance to the installation, and building a truly significant moment for Yorkshire.
Sunday 4th November Hebden Bridge Town Hall and George’s Square from 5.20pm onwards. Please feel free to bring candles, lanterns and your messages of peace.