Public events for Local Democracy Week 2017

Public events for Local Democracy Week 2017

Local Democracy Week is a way of helping people to be more aware of, and more involved with, the issues that really matter in our local communities. We have an extended programme of free public events in Kirklees, including opportunities to meet local councillors and MPs.

AC Grayling: Democracy and its Crisis

A British Library Live Screening event

A C GraylingMonday 25th September 2017
From 7pm to 8pm
The Media Centre, Huddersfield

One of the UK’s foremost philosophers examines the history and future of representative democracy in this live screening event. Organised by Kirklees Libraries. Supported by The Media Centre.

AC Grayling – full event info & book now


Speakers’ Corner: A Living Wage

Poetry workshop (free lunch provided)

live microphoneSaturday 7th October 2017
From 11am to 3pm
Empire House, Dewsbury

Did you know that one of the first advocates of a fair wage for workers was from Dewsbury? Join in this open workshop with ‘It’s a Word Thing’ to develop a spoken word piece inspired by Sir Mark Oldroyd’s ‘A Living Wage’ speech. Includes lunch. Minimum age for workshop: 12 years. Organised by Creative Scene.

Speakers’ Corner poetry workshop – full event info & book now


Community Cinema: Suffragette

Special screenings of the award winning film

Suffragette filmTuesday 10th October at Northfield Hall Community Centre
6.30pm for a 7pm start

Friday 13th October at New Picture House, Dewsbury
6.45pm for a 7.30pm start

Friday 13th October at The Kirkburton Hub, 2pm & 7pm

Suffragette, Northfield Hall – full event info & book now

Suffragette, New Picture House – full event info & book now

Suffragette, Kirkburton Hub – full event info & book now


The Political Game

Hidden Track Theatre Company

political gameTuesday 10th October 2017
From 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Council Chamber

How do we make decisions? Who gets to make decisions? And how do we feel when they are made? This creative and interactive workshop with the award winning Hidden Track Theatre Company will explore different methods of voting and group decision-making. Free event for over 16s. Organised by Creative Scene.

The Political Game – full event info & book now


Launch of the Councillor Toolkit for schools

Kirklees Council meeting, featuring Kirklees Youth Council

Wednesday 11th October 2017
Meeting starts at 5.30pm
Drop-in for councillors from 4.30pm
Huddersfield Town Hall, Council Chamber

We’re delighted to welcome some of our Kirklees Youth Councillors back to the Council Chamber at the start of this month’s Council meeting to launch their new toolkit that will help councillors talk to school children about local democracy. You can attend the meeting or follow live via Kirklees webcasting and via @kirkdemocracy on twitter.

Launch of the Councillor Toolkit for schools – full event info


Kirklees Question Time

Put your questions to some of our local leaders

hashtag kirklees q tThursday 12th October
From 7pm to 8.30pm (arrival from 6pm)
The Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield

Hear your questions answered by our panel of local councillors at this live and interactive Question Time style event. You can also follow our live webcast and tweet using #KirkleesQT

Kirklees Question Time – full event info & book now

Submit your question for our #KirkleesQT panel


Fantastically Great Women
Who Changed the World  

Meet the author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the WorldFriday 13th October 2017

From 11.30am to 12.30pm
at Huddersfield Town Hall

From 2.30pm to 3.30pm
at Dewsbury Town Hall

Ideal for 7 to 11 year olds. This event is designed mainly for schools in Kirklees, but family members are welcome to take part too.

Kate Pankhurst in Huddersfield – full event info & book now

Kate Pankhurst in Dewsbury – full event info & book now


A Woman’s Work

Lightning talks from our Chief Executive, councillors and MPs

& highlights from the Fawcett Society’s research

Jacqui GedmanFriday 13th October 2017
From 6pm to 8.30pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Reception Room

Hear inspiring stories from our speakers, take part in a Q&A session and workshop discussions, and hear the latest research on women in local government. Also includes an introduction to the Kirklees Democracy Commmission. All welcome.

A Woman’s Work – full event info & book now


An Evening with Barry and Thelma

A light-hearted evening with two of our local MPs

Barry Sheerman and Thelma WalkerThursday 19th October 2017
From 7pm to 8.45pm 
Cafe Ollo, The Media Centre, Huddersfield

This event is open to young people aged 15 to 21 years old who want to meet local MPs. Organised by Conscious Youth CIC. Supported by The Media Centre.

An Evening with Barry and Thelma – full event info & book now


Black History Month Celebration Showcase

The finale for Huddersfield’s Black History Month

Black History MonthSaturday 28th October 2017
From 4pm to 6pm (workshops and stalls)
From 6pm to 11pm (main events)
Hudawi Cultural Centre, Great Northern Street, Huddersfield HD1 6BG

This annual Celebration Showcase offers a spotlight on Black historical experience and cultural identity right at the heart of Huddersfield. Talks, performances, afternoon workshops and activities will involve leading Black speakers and presenters who have achievements and experiences ranging from local to international level.

Stalls, displays, music and splendid Caribbean cuisine will ensure a lively atmosphere and a memorable occasion that provides opportunities for learning, reflection and celebration. All welcome. This is a free community event but donations to help with covering the costs are much appreciated.  Hosted by Building African Caribbean Communities (BACC).

For more information please contact 07786 651831 or 07759 477757.


From Suffragettes and Beyond:

Discover the history of women and the vote

two SuffragettesWednesday 1st November 2017
From 3pm to 4.30pm
Huddersfield Town Hall

An informative workshop session with Lynn Hobson from the Community Outreach team, UK Parliament.

Suffragettes and Beyond – full event info & book now


People, Power and Parliament:

An introduction to your UK Parliament

Palace of WestminsterWednesday 1st November 2017
From 5.30pm to 7pm
Huddersfield Town Hall

Discover some of the ways you can begin to influence the UK Parliament and get your voice heard.

UK Parliament – full event info & book now


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