• The Festival welcomes around 150 performers and audiences of around 3,500
  • We host up to 50 events every year, in more than 20 venues across the town
  • In 2017, 98% of audiences surveyed rated the event they attended as Excellent (78.5%) or Good (19.3%)

Inclusivity & Accessibility

Inclusivity and accessibility is at the heart of everything we do. Many events are free or low cost and we actively reach out to and welcome approaches from local communities and organisations.

The Festival provides DisabledGo Access Guides to key venues and includes several events with live subtitling to make them accessible to audiences who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

HLF was the first festival north of Watford to host the award-winning Polari LGBT literary salon and we are committed to proactively showcasing BAME and LGBT performers as well as those with disabilities.





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