RENAISSANCE music in the Roman baths, Mel Giedroyc talking about her new book, the super-musical Kanneh-Mason family and a guided walk around the Bridgerton locations – this year’s Bath Festivals promises delights and treats for all tastes.
The festival, including music from medieval to contemporary, world, rock and more, and literature, comedy and poetry, will run from Monday 17th to Monday 24th May 2021, with Bath Festival At Home events online from Friday 28th May.
As it has done for more than 70 years, the festival is a celebration of the beautiful city as well as one of the country’s leading cultural events. This year’s festival will showcase Bath for a global audience, with an exciting programme of events, some of which will be filmed, taking place in some of the city’s most historic and glorious buildings. They will include the 18th century Assembly Rooms, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and The Forum.
Among the highlights will be the Kanneh-Mason family, journalist and author Bryony Gordon, the acclaimed chamber group, the Gesualdo Six, a celebration of John Keats, who died 200 years ago, Bridgerton guided tours, comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton, comedian, much-loved former co-presenter of Great British Bake Off and author Mel Giedroyc, authors Frank Gardner, Kate Mosse, Polly Toynbee, John Suchet, Robert Webb, poet Hollie McNish, and comedian Tez Ilyas. and the Bath Reads community project, connecting local authors and readers.
Ian Stockley, Bath Festivals’ chief executive, says: “The Bath Festivals team has worked long and hard to bring audiences a festival for our times. They have meticulously planned how to work under current government guidelines, protecting the safety of our audiences and artists.
“During this shared experience of the pandemic the role of the arts has more than ever highlighted what makes us human and how vital music and books are to our lives. We are very proud to present this unique hybrid programme which will both delight live audiences but also showcase our World Heritage city to the rest of the watching world.”
Tickets go on general release from Tuesday 13th April – www.thebathfestival.org.uk
Pictured: The Roman Baths, photograph by Paolo Feria; Mel Giedroyc, photograph by Laurie Fletcher; The Gesualdo Six, photograph by Ash Mills; the Kanneh-Mason family.