Keighley Arts and Film Festival

First established in 2019 to help boost funding for the arts in Keighley, the festival was a huge success.



Welcome to our upcoming Keighley Arts & Film Festival: #KAFF2021

We are delighted that Keighley Creative and our partners will be delivering a wide range of arts, film events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at the town’s third KAFF. Going live the weekend of the 8th to 10th October 2021, we hope there’s something in the programme for everyone!

Most of our events are free or low cost, so why not try out something new as well as returning to old favourites. To complement our lively weekend programme, we also have arts and crafts workshops taking place in the run-up to the festival, bringing together different artists and audiences and ensuring KAFF has community at it’s heart.

To find out more you can follow us @KeighleyFestival on Facebook.

We are grateful to all our funders for supporting the festival, and to our venue partners who are hosting the programme in their buildings and public spaces. We work alongside a whole host of local people and organisations who help us bring the KAFF programme to life.

This year we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Ilkley Literature Festival for the first time, co-hosting and promoting four events. Their support has been invaluable to us.

Have a fun & safe time at #KAFF21
The KAFF Team




09/10/2021 12:00 pm –
09/10/2021 4:00 pm

Additional Festival Information


Please support our volunteers for everyone’s safety by taking personal responsibility for ensuring spaces are not over-crowded, maintaining social distance, and if required by the venue, wear masks and register your personal details.

At the time of going to print there is no government requirement for the latter, but we all know after the last eighteen months how quickly things can change.  

Some events require pre-booking, so be sure to head to our website for all the information.


KAFF needs a lot of volunteer time in planning, and delivery to make it successful. Big shout out to Keighley College students and all the individuals who are giving their time to help KAFF run safely and positively for all.

You will recognise our volunteers over the weekend as they’ll be the ones wearing pink tabards, acting as stewards to help direct people around all the venues and keep an eye on numbers.


KAFF is primary by and for Keighley people, but it is getting wider interest beyond the town. It is possible to visit here and experience a whole host of interesting, thought provoking, and most of all fun events to fill a whole weekend!

We want to show off our town and all the creative people who live and work here. Bringing extra footfall and spend to our retail and hospitality venues is also part of what KAFF seeks to contribute to the rebooting of our local economy.

We are delighted that Keighley Creative has been awarded funding as part of the successful Keighley Towns Fund bid to both expand and develop KAFF in future years, and to establish ourselves on a bigger and better scale in the town.  Look out for exciting news and new developments over the next twelve months.