Festivals news

Iford Festival 2020 cancelled

THE main Iford Festival programme of operas and concerts for 2020 has been cancelled, but the team hopes that the Picnic Proms may be able to go ahead at the end of August and beginning of September. A statement from David Moss, Chairman of Iford Arts. “As a consequence of the government’s advice relating to…

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Chalke Valley History Festival cancelled

THE 2020 Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival has announced that, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s 10th anniversary festival will not be taking place as planned from 22nd to 28th June. James Holland, the festival chairman, said that events had taken such a dramatic turn over the past week that it was…

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Salisbury Festival cancelled

WILTSHIRE Creative has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Salisbury Arts Festival. “It is with great disappointment that, following continued government and industry advice, we are writing to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival, due to run from 22ns May to 6th June….

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EMERGING … later

BEAF – the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival – has rescheduled its original May dates, moving to Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November. In the light of Coronavirus, festival organisers announ­ced on Tuesday that Bourne­mouth’s largest independent arts festival will return in the autumn. “As we all know, these are unprecedented times for us all…

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Bath Festival events move to autumn

THE rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and the essential restrictions that have been put in place have led to an announcement from Bath Festival, postponing and cancelling the spring programme: “We write in the face of the fast changing and challenging situation. Our thoughts are with you all and we are hugely grateful for…

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Crime at Lyme – new festival cancelled

THE new literary festival on the Dorset calendar, Lyme Crime,  has been cancelled and will hopefully be launched in 2021. Due from 26th to 28th June, the line-up includee Luke Jennings, author of the Killing Eve novels. The festival aims to bring the best talents in crime and thriller fiction to the town for a…

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Celebrating human movement at Salisbury

LEADING musicians, athletes, dancers and artists from around the world will gather in Salisbury for this year’s International Arts Festival, running from Friday 22nd May to Saturday 6th June. Performers will include Hofesh Shechter and his dance company, violinist Harriet Mackenzie, inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood jazz star Jacqui Dankworth, Paralympian Ade Adepitan and world champion…

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Exciting all-star Bath Festival programme

THIS year’s Bath Festival line-up features some of the biggest names in literature and music, from Ian McEwan, Lionel Shriver and Joanna Trollope to Charles Hazlewood and his Paraorchestra, queen of punk Patti Smith, the Gesualdo Six, and McFly, Scouting for Girls and KT Tunstall over the finale weekend. The stellar line-up for the festival,…

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Making a splash at Salisbury

A NEW youth arts festival is coming to Salisbury. Wiltshire Creative’s Young Ambassadors have received a grant of £5,000 from Salisbury Area Board for the Takeover Festival, over the Easter holidays. The festival focuses on bringing young people aged five to 21 into the arts industry, not only as participants but also as decision makers….

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Bristol Ferment turns ten

THE eagerly-awaited Ferm­ent Fortnight, from Monday 27th January to Sunday 9th February, is celebrating a decade of work-in-progress by artists and companies from across the South West. The bi-annual Ferment festival Ferment will be based in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic, and will showcase some of the finest innovators and theatre-makers from the…

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