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Huddersfield Luddites 200 Festival

April 27-29th 2012

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Program of events

On April 27th-29th Huddersfield celebrated the Luddites 200th anniversary in style. Highlights of the festival included two musical shows, poetry readings and competition awards, workshops on new technologies, films, exhibitions and talks on the local Luddite history.  My personal highlights included a fascinating discussion on computers and digital technology with Gail Chester and Ed Geraghty, 14 year old Theo Ayres' stunning prize-winning poem and Dave Douglass' barnstorming rescue of the Luddites (and other workers who used sabotage) from the condescension of official trade union histories.

 Amongst Those Dark Satanic Mills was highly enjoyabIe, with stirring performances, (some of which we hope to include on a forthcoming Luddite music CD), and Saturday was wonderfully climaxed by a packed Red Sky Coven gig, with our very own James Bar Bowen as support.  I also heard rave reviews of the standing-room-only history talks and the rollicking folk music session at The Albert.  

Unfortunately, we were prevented from staging a live machine smashing by Kirklees Council bureaucrats, who even tried to stop us from handing out leaflets to publicise the festival!! However, there is talk of a smaller annual event in Huddersfield, so this may be possible next year. 

In order to promote the festival we produced some stunning merchandise, including t-shirts, mugs and badges. We still have some of these left, as well as badges with slogans not connected to the festival, such as 'Down With All Kings But King Ludd!' 'Off Your Computer And Onto The Streets!' and 'Down With Machinery Hurtful To Commonality!' See the ‘shop’ page for details

Special thanks for all their work in all their work in organising the festival to Bar Bowen, Ian Brooke, Claire Slack, Sam Lee and all the volunteer stewards, and to all our speakers/performers for giving their time
Some coverage of the festival can be found at

and, and The Huddersfield Examiner also covered the event.