SALISBURY International Arts Festival will return in 2022 with a full programme for the first time in two years. From 27th May to 19th June, the festival will feature a diverse programme of music, theatre, film, dance, spoken word, visual arts, family and free events.
The festival, running over an extended period of three weeks, has been created by Wiltshire Creative’s artistic director Gareth Machin, associate artist violinist Harriet Mackenzie, and festival producer Lucy Babbs.
The theme of the festival will be inspired by the drama, opportunity and danger of islands, and the wide variety of emotions they evoke, delving into the mysterious allure of remote locations.
The programme will span multiple genres, including circus arts, music, comedy, dance and a variety of free family events across May half term. Venues include the city’s major locations, from theatres to churches, in the city and the Wiltshire countryside.
Gareth Machin says: “Fascination, fear and love of islands has long fired our collective imagination. After 300 years we are still reading Robinson Crusoe and, after 75 years and over 2,000 episodes, Desert Island Discs is still going strong.
“However, our interest in islands runs much deeper than their dramatic potential. In our highly connected world, we are increasingly craving the isolation and tranquillity that islands can offer. Even with modern amenities, islands consistently draw us in as holiday locations and meccas of fun and leisure.”
The festival will include the world première of Stone Songs composed by local composer Howard Moody and featuring the Festival Chorus and La Folia musicians, in a performance inspired by the medieval chants that have resonated from the Cathedral’s stones since the 13th century. There will also be a Jubilee Concert and other performances to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee