Festivals news

From the Black Death to the age of populism – history festival is “brilliant”

FOR seven days from 24th to 20th June, a quiet valley in Broad Chalke is transformed into the world’s largest history festival – and this year’s Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival promises to be even more exciting and stimulating, bringing history to life from the horrors of the Black Death to the challenges of…

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Festival’s record boost for city

SALISBURY International Arts Festival, back after a year’s absence, and now under the aegis of Wiltshire Creative, was a huge success and a great boost to the city, with a record number of first-time visitors. It is good news for Salisbury, which had such a hard year in 2018. More than 42,000 people came to…

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Farley’s music festival

ALL Saints Church at Farley near Salisbury is preparing for the annual music festival, this year from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd June. The music starts with a welcome return from Syrian pia­nist Riyad Nicolas, who has re­cently won the Liszt comp­etition in Budapest. He will play the Liszt Paganini Etude and Beethoven’s Sonata in…

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Recycled plastic for Glastonbury arena

THE Gas Tower dance arena in the Shangri-La area of this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be made from plastic that has been collected during May from beaches, streets and in parks in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Glastonbury has banned the sale of plastic bottles at this year’s festival which opens on 26th June. This recycling…

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Best music programme ever at Petherton FolkFest

THE eighth annual Petherton Folk Fest, on Saturday 15th June, offers more entertainment than ever before for both adults and children, with “the best music programme ever” – and it’s all completely free! The day will start at 10am with a parade into Market Square by Morris sides and other performers, followed by the traditional…

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Forgotten places brought to multi-media life

TWO places that the world has largely forgotten are brought to life in remarkable multi-media presentations at Salisbury Festival – Zvizdal, on 1st and 2nd June, looks at the lives of two people who stayed in the fall-out zone from Chernobyl, and Imber: You Walk Through, from 5th to 8th June evokes the experience of the…

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Vasko Vassilev at Hatch

WORLD renowned violinist and conductor Vasko Vassilev will be joining Covent Garden Dance Company for this year’s tenth anniversary ballet at Hatch House. The exciting news of this star musician coming to Hatch comes just days after the company announced that for the first time the ballet will be over four nights, Thursday 25th to…

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Salisbury’s bank holiday City Encounters

CITY Encounters returns to the streets of Salisbury with two days of free street entertainment over the late May bank holiday, bringing a colourful and exciting range of performances by nine companies, ranging from a family drag show to puppetry for all ages and aerial choreography. Pulse! with Joss Arnott Dance, performed entirely around a…

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Clifton International Festival of Music

THIS year’s  Clifton International Festival of Music runs from Sat­ur­day 1st to Saturday 8th June, during which world class artists and Bristol’s most gifted home-grown performers come together for a series of concerts, lectures and workshops. The programme brings  pop, Baroque and blues, and boasts having something to delight all musical tastes. Pictured are the…

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Festival brings the city together

BATH’s combined festivals – music, arts, fringe and literature – really bring the community together, says Bath Festivals chairman John Cullum, as the city prepares for the opening night free Party in the City on Friday 17th May. Running to 26th May, with a finale weekend on 1st and 2nd June, this year’s combined festivals…

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