Stroud Festival  is a charity promoting and supporting all types of artistic activities throughout the Stroud District. Founded in 1946, it’s the ‘grandfather’ of all the wonderful festivals this area has to offer.

We’ve got an exciting programme of events for 2019 based on the theme ‘REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS’. 

This year we’ve collaborated with a number of other organisations in Stroud to bring you a diverse range of events, all with Revolution in mind. To give you a taste of what’s to come, we’ll have some music which caused a riot when it was first performed; an exhibition celebrating a process which had worldwide impact and walks commemorating Stroud’s history of protest.

Some highlights below with more detail available on the Events Pages. As some event details are yet to be confirmed please keep visiting this page for more information through the year. 


Music: Pianists Ashok Gupta and Jâms Coleman perform Revolutionary Music for Two Pianos  Music which broke the mould and caused a sensation- even a riot – on first hearing.  Wednesday 29 May 2019 Holy Trinity Church 7.30pm 

A premiere screening of ‘Day of Hope,’ a community film about the Chartists in Stroud. Part drama, part history, part comedy, part surreal journey through the Stroud political landscape. Part of the Steampunk Festival weekend. Sunday 26 May 2019

Walk: Stroud and the Chartist movement.  Radical Stroud takes us on a journey commemorating the day in May  1839 when 5,000 people walked to Selsley Common in support of the right to vote. Sunday 26 May 2019. Timed to dovetail with the premiere of the Day of Hope film.


Theatre: A ‘revolutionary ‘production of the ultimate revolution play – Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’-   a Cotswold Players production. October 2019 at the Cotswold Playhouse

Otherstory Puppetry presents ‘Taking a Holiday’ – a story of conscientious objection and the rejection of war.  November 2019 Museum in the Park

Outdoor events: This year we are supporting 2 walks from local group Radical Stroud. Called ‘Performative Walks’ these guided rambles through our beautiful countryside will be enhanced with stories, songs and music celebrating local historic events. Sunday 26 May and Saturday 23 November 2019

Art: ‘R is for Revolution’ an interactive print project using letterpress techniques.  Workshops, art history talks and an exhibition will take place during September at the Museum in the Park.  Details TBC

This year’s Wool and Water Festival celebrates our rich and ‘revolutionary’ industrial heritage as seen through the eyes of artists and makers.  Exhibitions, installations, workshops and mill visits.  Throughout September 2019

Opera: An evening concert of operatic arias with a ‘revolutionary’ theme by mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and friends. Thursday 31 October 2019

Dance: Our favourite dance troupe Ballet Cymru return to Stroud for their annual performance.  This year they’re bringing their creative (revolutionary?) choreography to the story of Romeo and Juliet  Thursday 21 November 2019 Cotswold Playhouse 7.30pm


PlaygroundIn celebration of PLAY, a weekend full of fun, creative and educational activities held in the beautiful Stratford Park, the iconic Brunel Goods Shed and throughout the town.

Saturday 13 –  Sunday 14 July 


So, keep visiting this page as we add more information.

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