• 18th - 20th June 2021
  • Huddersfield UK
Ukulele-playing music enthusiasts

About Us

What is the story behind GNUF?
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James Millar
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James Millar
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James Millar

Our Story

We love the ukulele, the music made on it, and the people who make that music – but we want to encompass so much more. When GNUF first started in 2013 all the major ukulele events happened in the south of the UK, we wanted to bring a high quality event to the north for everyone to get involved with. In 2015 we found the Lawrence Batley Theatre, which has been our home since then. Huddersfield is a bustling town with a fantastic local music scene, a rich history, and promising future: it’s the perfect place to hold GNUF.

Our festival was built on three key principles: making things, making connections and sharing knowledge, which we still carry on to this day. Primarily though, we make GNUF happen because we love it, and we’re sure that GNUF makes the world a better place.

Photography credit:
James Millar
Photography credit:
James Millar
Photography credit:
James Millar
Photography credit:
James Millar

Our Mission

GNUF is an entirely volunteer-led operation, with aims to bring more arts and music to the North, to nurture and encourage young talent in the UK, and to support the very best of ukulele based arts and music across the world. 

We aim to bring people together to share ideas, make connections, and make art, the ukulele being our chosen conduit. 

We keep our festival good value, and provide extensive free events, not just as the festival fringe, but throughout the year and around the country. 

We have been working on making our festival more inclusive, in recent years focussing on accessibility and diversity, something we are strongly passionate about, and we are sure will take our festival to the next level. 

We aim to be innovative in our engagement, supporting new projects and ideas, things that make GNUF a truly unique experience.

Meet the team

Mary Agnes Krell

Producer & Director

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Robert Collins

Co-Director & Committee Treasurer

Robin Evans

Artist Liaison & Committee Chair

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Organiser & Maker of Magic Moments

Sally Davies

Organiser & Committee Secretary

Mark Davies

Organiser & Sideshow Soundman Supreme

Simon Taylor

Organiser and Cat & Biscuit Coordinator

Tony Casey

Part of it from the very beginning

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. 

https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service

Epic Award for England from Voluntary Arts 2018

The Epic Awards are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, shining a light on their achievements and aiming to inspire others to get involved and participate in artistic and creative activities.

https://www.voluntaryarts.org/epicawards2018-winners-announced

Best Ukulele Festival in the UKE Magazine Awards

In 2016, we were named, “Best Ukulele Festival” in the inaugural UKE Magazine/Got A Ukulele Awards. The shortlist consisted of some of our favourite festivals and the award was decided by a public vote. We are massive fans of both UKE Magazine and the Got a Ukulele website and we were (again) chuffed to bits to receive the award.

Duke of York Community Initiative Award

In 2019, we were given the Duke of York Community Initiative Award. This non-monetary award is given to groups to recognise excellence in voluntary work in Yorkshire and to encourage growth through networking, mentoring and workshops.

The award lasts for 5 years and we are excited about the possibilities. We are thankful for the support and hope to use this award to continue supporting exciting new work in the region!

Awards & Accolades

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across ...

The Epic Awards are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and R...

In 2016, we were named, “Best Ukulele Festival” in the inaugural UKE Magazine/Got A Ukulele Aw...

In 2019, we were given the Duke of York Community Initiative Award. This non-monetary awa...