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The Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East. As an independent charity, the Festival brings a rich mixture of performing arts from around the world to surprise and delight audiences.
The Festival inspires artists to create and perform. It commissions new work. It champions emerging talent and supports those seeking careers in the cultural industries. It adds financial and cultural wealth to the Canterbury District and contributes to the wellbeing of its citizens.
In 2016 the Festival drew audiences of more than 65,000, of all ages, to over 200 free and ticketed events. It engaged with 2,800 artists across the Festival programme with an offering of music, theatre, dance, comedy, circus, science, exhibitions, walks and talks. It will return in 2017, running from 14 Oct - 4 Nov and the programme will be announced in early July.
The Festival boasts a Spiegeltent (one of only a handful of original 1920s travelling dance halls) as one of its venues alongside the Marlowe Theatre, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, King’s School and UNESCO heritage site Canterbury Cathedral.
To find out about the origins of the Festival and the development to its present day format, or to read about our plans for the future under Director Rosie Turner, please visit our website www.canterburyfestival.co.uk
The Festival's Partner and Principal Sponsor is Canterbury Christ Church University.