Last year Canterbury Festival was one of only a handful of arts festivals to go ahead. This year it returns with a bigger and bolder programme to put the arts firmly back on the map.
We’re sponsoring one of the events – the Festival Chamber Orchestra’s Timeless Classics – but here’s a taste of what else is coming up.
From October16-30 there will be experiences that could only happen as part of Canterbury Festival – from the quirky to the sublime – as it aims to bring together the people of Kent for a celebration of creativity.
This year’s Festival features a wide range of events taking place across the city. On opening night enjoy music from Scotland’s best-selling female album artist, Barbara Dickson, for a special acoustic performance of her exceptional back catalogue. Later in the week, sit back, relax and join the renowned Festival Chamber Orchestra for Timeless Classics, as they explore a diverse, innovative repertoire.
Having performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, The Kingdom Choir also brings its energy, enthusiasm and much-loved take on Gospel to Canterbury Cathedral. Over the course of two weeks there’s much more music to enjoy, including folk troubadour Chris Wood and ukulele comedy duo Opera-lele. Whatever your musical curiosity, this year’s Festival has got you covered.
Wacky week of family fun
Canterbury Festival continues to deliver a variety of mind-expanding talks tackling important issues that should leave you feeling impassioned. Featuring an array of speakers exploring history, climate, politics food and more, there’s plenty of opportunities to pique your interest. Join BBC wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin as she explores Living Wild, Weird and Wonderful. Also meet the 101-year-old WWII Wren Christian Lamb, to hear some remarkable stories.
It wouldn’t be Canterbury Festival without a wacky week of family fun. Over half-term The Westgate Hall hosts five fab family shows beginning with Mr Pineapple Head’s delightfully silly antics.
With an extensive programme of music, talks, performance, visual arts, walks, and umbrella events, there are lots of ways to get involved in this year’s Festival.
Tickets may also be bought over the phone or in person, Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm, by calling 01227 457568 or visiting the box office at Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JA.