Bath Festival announces extended anniversary dates

NEXT year marks an exciting landmark for Bath Festivals – the 70th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, the festival team has created an impressive programme building on the rich heritage of an event that is the cultural highlight of the city’s calendar for residents and visitors alike.

The 2018 Bath Festival will take place over an extended period, from 11th to 27th May (up from ten to 17 days), with more than 160  events spread across venues and outdoor spaces in and around Bath.

The performers will range from international stars to young emerging talent. The middle weekend (19th and 20th May) will involve the community with collaborative events with partners, schools, venues and organisations across the city.

Throughout the festival, there will be a series of ‘New Meetings’ in which high profile artists will be invited to perform together for the first time. The launch of Bath Songs in 2017 is developed. In the literature programme, a series of keynote addresses and lectures will reflect urgent debates in society, politics, history and science.

Two highlights which have been announced include the brilliant Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the alumni Choir of Clare College Cambridge celebrating Haydn at Wiltshire Music Centre on the opening night, and apianist and songwriter Ben Folds on 24th May in the Forum.

More events from the programme will be released over the coming weeks and months, so sign up to the Bath Festivals social media pages and e-newsletter for news alerts and on-sale dates.

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Photograph by James Cheadle.