Last chance to enjoy WordFest grand finale

Visitors have a last chance to experience Wakefield Council’s spectacular WordFest grand finale this weekend.

The Festival is ending with an immersive exhibition at WX (former Market Hall) which has been running during half term week 23 – 30 October (ending on Saturday).

Stunning visual and sound effects for the event are curated by students from the Backstage Academy.  The free exhibition has three zones of art installations representing major biomes of our planet – the ocean, the forest, and the air – all including spectacular sound and visual effects.

WordFest, part of Festival of the Earth combines the power of spoken and written language through poetry, theatre, debate, song and creative writing with the Festival of the Earth themes – showing how words can inform, entertain and educate us on climate change and sustainability.

Cllr Michael Graham, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport: “If you’ve not had a chance to visit the exhibition as yet, then please take this final opportunity to visit – it’s a fun way to learn about climate change and sustainability and is incredibly inspiring.”

The month-long district-wide festival held in October celebrates the impact of words in every corner of people’s lives and has included hundreds of events held at libraries and other community venues.

The final day of the festival on Saturday is about local talent shinning through.  Visitors can see two fabulous local projects, Hands on gaming in the Air Zone with One to One Development trust.  It will be showcasing an eco-warrior gaming experience Our Earth Your Choice.

In the Ocean Zone there will be the premiere of a brand new piece of musical theatre by Wakefield college performing arts students with Actual Size theatre company, called ‘Selkie: seal woman’, about a mythical shape-shifting sea creature with performances throughout the day.

Visitors can share their experiences of WordFest on social media using #MakeWordsCount and #EarthFestWFD.

For more information about WordFest, please visit


Michael Graham smiling
Cllr Michael Graham