Festival Dates

Here you will find festival dates from the network as they are announced

  • Cheshire Dance

    Festival dates: 27 April 2024

    Cheshire Dance’s flagship event, Now Northwich, is a free, large-scale international dance and street arts festival that brings together community, youth and professional artists – local regional, national and international.

    The programme runs across various outdoor sites throughout Northwich Town Centre and Barons Quay, and attracts an audience of local residents and visitors of over 25,000.

  • Brighton Festival

    Festival dates: 4 May 2024 - 26 May 2024

    Brighton Festival, now the largest arts festival in England, is one of the major milestones in the international cultural calendar.

    Over a three-week period, Brighton Festival explores a wide-ranging programme of music, theatre, dance, film, and literature. It has a long tradition of attracting the most exciting performers from across the globe and promoting local artists, and bringing fresh, challenging new work to Brighton.

    Without Walls Shows: Anchored in Air, Island Storm, Patois, Closer To My Dreams, The Journey, World Kiosk

  • Flux Rotherham

    Festival dates: 11 May 2024

    Flux Rotherham‘s mission is for Rotherham to be established as a dynamic cultural democracy, ensuring that everyone has regular and frequent opportunities to experience high-quality culture and to explore and express their own creative ambitions, heritage and identity. 

    Flux Rotherham co-creates arts with communities. Enabling everyday creativity, generosity of ideas, transformation of experiences and places. 

  • The Culture House

    Festival dates: 24 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

    A pioneering arts organisation based in Grimsby, passionately serving the community and beyond, by creating thoughtful and imaginative festivals, events and projects all designed to uplift, stimulate and positively impact.

    They work to ensure more people have access to cultural opportunities and believe everyone deserves the best no matter what their background or where they live.

    They contribute to shaping our place, with love and commitment co-producing in partnership with others, engaging and memorable cultural experiences that we hope connect and live on in the heart.

  • Creative Playground

    Festival dates: 24 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

    The Creative Playground is a new arts project in Crawley set up to engage more local people in arts & culture led by Manor Royal Business Improvement District and a consortium of local organisations: Creative Crawley, Crawley LGBT+, The Hawth, Diverse Crawley and Crawley Town Community Foundation. It is funded as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme. 

  • Oldham Council 

    Festival dates: 1 June 2024

    Oldham’s FREE annual outdoor arts festival celebrates arts, culture, community, and place.

    Join us as we showcase the very best local, regional and national street theatre, music, dance and visual arts as they transform spaces across the Town centre.

    As part of the 175th anniversary in 2024 of Oldham becoming a municipal borough in 1849, the festival will celebrate its people, places and pastimes. Don’t miss a jam-packed programme of accessible, family friendly entertainment and activities with something for all.

  • Basingstoke Festival

    Festival dates: 21 June 2024 - 7 July 2024

    Basingstoke Festival is produced by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. It is an annual arts festival designed to showcase the best of the arts locally, nationally and internationally. From music to dance, visual art to theatre, the festival aims to bring the very best arts to audiences and those wishing to take part, by presenting experiences in the most unusual places.  

     

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    Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure

    Festival dates: 22 June 2024 - 23 June 2024

    Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure is a Leisure Trust based in the London borough of Redbridge, a registered charity and non-profit organisation where any surplus made is reinvested for community benefit to improve the quality of facilities and services offered to Redbridge residents. As a social enterprise, Vision RCL is committed to working in partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge to deliver a wide range of leisure and cultural services to the communities that they serve.  

  • Timber Festival

    Festival dates: 5 July 2024 - 7 July 2024

    Timber Festival is an immersive and revitalising weekend festival in the heart of the National Forest celebrating our relationship with trees and forests through music, art and ideas.

    For three days in July, new thinkers, activists, makers, artists, musicians and writers gather to play, provoke and inspire as we explore our complex and rewarding relationship with the natural world. A joyous, reflective festival, Timber gives you the chance to recharge and reconnect with your family, friends, nature and, most importantly, yourself.

    Without Walls Shows: BAMBOO, Warning Notes, The Journey

  • Super Culture

    Festival dates: 12 July 2024 - 14 July 2024

    Super Culture’s flagship festival, Whirligig in Weston-super-Mare, is a vibrant, weekend event in the heart of the town that presents a mix of local, national and international outdoor arts. Super Culture also involves local organisations such as XR, Weston Pride and Weston College in associated creative activity on the Festival site in order to embed Whirligig firmly in the heart of the community.

    The festival is playful and family-friendly, and Super Culture look for content that challenges, surprises, inspires and entertains.

  • A brass band with skeletal bodysuits on under purple clothing and skulls painted on their faces play their instruments outside the Glassworks building in Barnsley.

    Barnsley Town Centre

    Festival dates: 12 July 2024 - 14 July 2024

    Barnsley town centre hosts an exciting programme of festivals and cultural activities throughout the year – delivered by two collaborative partners:

    Barnsley Arts & Events team deliver a wide range of high-quality outdoor festivals. The team were crowned Best Local Authority Events Team at the National Outdoor Events Association Awards (NOEA) in 2022.

    Barnsley Civic is the town’s flagship multi-purpose arts centre. They seek to bring wide-ranging, contemporary artforms to audiences from Barnsley and beyond.

  • Rochdale Feel Good Family Picnic

    Festival dates: 30 July 2024 - 2 August 2024

    Rochdale Feel Good Family Picnic is one of several new programmes in development to begin delivering against these strategic objectives. The festival design builds on the success of the family zone previously programmed as part of Rochdale Feel Good Festival, but creates space for the ambition to grow with a dedicated programme that features world-class touring work as well as co-created work with local groups and partners, embedded participation activity and collaboration with partners across the borough.

     

  • 3 men wearing bright pink garments, with turquoise turbans and feathers coming off of them. One man stands with a drumfacing the camera, another points toward the group blowing into a trumpet and the thirs is stood slightly pointing awar from the camera blowing into a trombone with a fabric banner on it thatv says "Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band".

    Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts

    Festival dates: 10 August 2024 - 11 August 2024

    Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) present professional outdoor arts experiences, creating participatory opportunities working with local, national and international artists.

    DOCA’s annual programme sees some of the best artists from a multitude of art forms coming to Devizes to present outdoor arts at their most thrilling and uplifting. From street theatre to contemporary dance, visual art to puppetry, pyrotechnics, street music and circus – they aim to create inspirational events that everyone can engage in.

  • Just So Festival

    Festival dates: 16 August 2024 - 18 August 2024

    The Just So Festival is an annual weekend-long camping festival for children and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature entwined with a beautiful and wondrous landscape. They offer a broad range of musical, theatrical, and visual performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting.

    Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash creativity. Families discover and delight in the spectacular within the woodland environment during this weekend camping event.

    Without Walls Shows: Now I am Become Deaf (Destroyer of Words)

  • The urban astronaut is suspended upside down in the air. Another performer is on the ground. They are hand in hand and looking at each other in an outdoor space in Birmingham surrounded by their audience.

    Birmingham Hippodrome

    Festival dates: 23 August 2024 - 26 August 2024

    Birmingham Hippodrome, in partnership with Bullring & Grand Central and Birmingham City Council

    The streets and squares of Birmingham city centre burst into colourful life as Birmingham Weekender returns to Bullring & Grand Central and Southside. Join us for fantastic installations, pop-up performances, and interactive games from local, national, and international companies.

  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

    Festival dates: 24 August 2024 - 25 August 2024

    Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have committed to the development of cultural engagement programmes and experiences for residents, in particular, children and young people and visitors. We are currently in the development of a new arts and cultural festival, taking place year-on-year.

    The vision for the festival is a free Combined Arts festival in the heart of Redcar, aimed at children, young people and their families, thematically reflecting the thoughts, feelings, cares and hearts of our audiences whilst maintaining regional and national appeal.  

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    First Art

    Festival dates: 7 September 2024

    Put simply, First Art is about making good things happen through the arts.

    Through a diverse arts programme, First Art works to bring inspirational cultural experiences within reach of everyone living in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire, as well as helping local people to produce and shape their own cultural experiences and events.

    The programme ranges from putting on outdoor arts festivals to supporting family art events in communities.

  • Encounter Festival

    Festival dates: 21 September 2024 - 22 September 2024

    Encounter Festival is an authentic voice for Lancashire and the North West, celebrating the breadth of the County’s diverse cultural offer with high quality and high profile arts.

    Taking place every other year at the end of September, Encounter Festival sees the city of Preston buzzing with life and alight with creativity.

    The past Encounters have seen an array of spectacular performances, inspiring arts and impressive music, bringing spectators to their feet.

      

     

  • Festival of Thrift

    Festival dates: 21 September 2024 - 22 September 2024

    Festival of Thrift (FoT) is the UK national festival of sustainable living, positioning artists as inspirers to action and encouraging change through workshops, exhibitions and performances, giving families the confidence to create while having fun on a budget.  

    Reaching new audiences from all over the UK year on year, the focus has always been on how we as individuals can make those small changes, the shift to thrift, that will add up to a big difference for the future of our planet, and encouraging others to join in. 

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    Arts by the Sea

    Festival dates: 27 September 2024 - 29 September 2024

    The Arts by the Sea festival is an annual celebration of culture, people and place, bringing an intriguing, exciting and carnivalesque mix of the arts to the beautiful outdoor spaces of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Arts by the Sea is managed and produced by BCP Council and funded by BCP Council and Arts Council England. 

    The festival supports local talent development, celebrates our diverse communities, and promotes sustainability. BCP Council aims to increase opportunities for people for participate in the arts and enhance a sense of community while showcasing work which makes a real impact on the audience and on the area.