Welland Festival

Welland takes place in Elland with the aim of supporting people to live well by providing creative, inspirational, and inclusive activities that celebrate and bring together the community.

Each year we try something new, with a focus on empowering our local community to come together and enjoy experiences that enrich their lives.

Welland is a project run by Curious Motion, a not for profit community organisation.

Our work and lives have been impacted greatly by the pandemic. However, we are running classes on Zoom and embracing creative projects that address isolation and loneliness, and support people in their homes. Find out more on Curious Motion’s website.


I’m Sam McCormick, Festival Director, and I’m a professional Dance Artist, specialising in co-creation and community practice. I started Welland in response to conversations I’d had with local residents and small business owners in Elland – many commented on a lack of opportunities and people were keen to get involved in new ideas. My hope is that Welland will become a recognised event on the Calderdale calendar, enhancing community spirit in Elland, bringing in visitors, and supporting people to live happy and healthy lives.

Welland is run through my social enterprise Curious Motion – a dance and arts organisation founded on empathy, creativity, and joy. Alongside Curious Motion, I am Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks, an inclusive charity that provides opportunities for disabled children to enjoy dance alongside their friends, and I deliver classes and projects for other organisations such as English National Ballet and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.