Biblio Beats Festival 2023

Barnsley Libraries will be celebrating music with an exciting three month programme running April to June 2023.

We’ll be hosting We Great Ladies, Concerteenies, Launchpad and many more talented music artists into our libraries.  They'll be bringing you workshops, concerts and talks – there’s something for everyone!  

As our Artists in Residence, We Great Ladies will be working with young people. They'll be at Library @ the Lightbox and Royston Library. Young people will explore how to express their creative side and produce new pieces of music.  This music will be showcased at Barnsley Live 2023.  

Activities and events

Head over to our events page and search 'Biblio Beats' for the complete programme! 

View events at our libraries

Our artists

Here are just some of the amazing artists we've got lined up for the festival.  

Motifs Artist Commissions

Earlier in the year we launched a call out for artists as part of Biblio Beats Festival. We worked with a panel of young people from Barnsley to decide which would be successful. We’re excited to introduce Sonic Whispers produced by Emma Denby and Carl Cole.  Also Suggestion Box Songs produced by Nicholas Lewis! 

Biblio Beats is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

We Great Ladies

Artists in residence.  Performers, visual artist and drama practitioners.

More about We Great Ladies

Nicholas Lewis

Motifs Commission: Suggestion Box Songs. Performer, composer, and community musician.

More about Nicholas Lewis

Emma Denby

Motifs Commission: Sonic Whispers. Visual artist and fabricator.

More about Emma Denby


Carl Cole

Motifs Commission: Sonic Whispers. Composer and sound designer.

More about Carl Cole


Creating musical opportunities for children aged 0-7 in the South Yorkshire area.

More about Concerteenies


Emerging talent development program delivered by Music Local.

More about Launchpad

Other events in Barnsley

We've got some great events running throughout 2023.  Come and join us and see what's happening in Barnsley.  

Events in Barnsley


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