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Save the dates for Canterbury Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 January 2017

Opening parade

Opening parade


Last year’s festival saw 65,000 people visit

Canterbury Festival 2016 saw 65,000 people visit, with events produced by 2,874 artists, and organisers that this year’s festival will be ‘bigger and better’.

Not only did people attend in the thousands but the festival’s outreach projects involved 82 schools and 1,750 children and young people. 100 Arts Awards were achieved, and volunteers donated 1,430 hours of their time.

Each October the festival offers its audience the opportunity to enjoy theatre, music, comedy, circus, cabaret, art, sculpture, walks and talks. Discover entertainment hidden down medieval alleyways and cultural landmarks brimming with activities for the whole family.

Last year saw internationally acclaimed artists come to the town to perform shows including the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and Australian circus company Circa. The King’s Mile became the home to a series of artist portraits, the Cathedral’s Chapter House was alight with 200 bulbs as part of an international exhibition from Bernardí Roig and a roaming 1920’s vintage dance hall housing circus, dance, cabaret, comedy and plenty of music landed in the city centre.

This year’s festival will take place from October 14 - November 4, and artists will be announced in early July.

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