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Tipi Launch – Meet the Dragon & Dragon Queen

Join us for our Festival Tipi launch – all welcome! Meet our Dragon and Dragon Queen – prizes for the best costumes inspired by Game of Thrones characters.

PLUS a performance by Soul Choir, an inclusive local choir that sings classic soul along with a dash of blues and gospel.

AND at 7pm, a special performance from Huddersfield rapper, musician and youth music workshop founder Joel Simmy, who has worked with Huddersfield Town Foundation, performed in London and across the north, and been featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss Fresh FM. 

The Tipi is brought to the town in partnership with Huddersfield Live and we are delighted that the Tipi will be sponsored by Huddersfield Town AFC. 

 Note: parts of this event will be livestreamed on the night. 

 We’re so excited to bring you our first ever HuddLitFest Tipi, which will act as an entertainment space and information point for this year’s Festival, as well as a drop-in bar. Huddersfield Live will be running the bar and there will be a variety of activities over the Festival dates, including talks, workshops and activities with local community and cultural organisations.  

We recommend booking for the opening night, but after that you can drop in any time during opening hours, although some activities will require booking to take part (visit our What’s On page for details).  

Following launch night, the Tipi will open daily from 11am-10pm from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 28 April, apart from Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 April: 5pm-10pm. 

About Joel Simmy 

Joel Simmy is a rapper, musician, youth music workshop founder, born and raised in Huddersfield. Joel runs a rap/creative writing workshop called Mic Champs, established to encourage young people to express their unique voices in creative ways. After working in partnership with Huddersfield Town Foundation, Huddersfield Town AFC released a final track created within the workshop at their third kit launch of 2023/24.

In September 2023, he released Here’s Your Notice, a 2-track EP centred on self-discovery, adolescence, authenticity and an outlook on the youth being misled by media, difficult upbringings and mental health. His creative expression is to show strength in vulnerability and inspire the masses to speak their truth. Joel’s music has featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss Fresh FM and has been performed in cities such as London, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Huddersfield.

Find out more about Soul Choir HERE.


Date: Wednesday 17 April 

Time: 5pm-10pm 

Venue: Courtyard, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 

Tickets: Free (booking recommended) 

Age guidance: All ages (U16 should be accompanied by an adult) 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/lawrence-batley-theatre 

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