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.


This year we had planned to support local events and promote the annual visit from our favourite ballet company, Ballet Cymru, but, like all other arts organisations our activities are on hold whilst lockdown restrictions are in place. We are looking at ways to deliver some projects in a virtual format and working with other local organisations to achieve that, meanwhile we are planning for our 75th ANNIVERSARY in 2021.  It’s difficult to make decisions about programming until we see venues re-opening and events returning to the calendar  Keep visiting this page for updates 


In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we brought you a diverse range of events in 2019, all with Revolution in mind. Thank you to the wonderful artists,performers,technicians and venue staff who made it all happen and of course to the audiences who made it all worthwhile.



Playground was a great hit with children of all ages. A weekend of fun and creative play for all the family




R is for Revolution was an inspired and inspiring community project led by Christine Felce and Rachel Oram from the Gloucestershire Printmaker’s Co-operative. 


We supported the wonderful

Wool and Water Festival which ran throughout the month of September

Photo: Deborah Roberts

 The Selsey Common rally in support of the Chartist Movement was commemorated with a performative walk from Radical Stroud


Music which caused a riot! But only when first performed in 1913. Stroud was thrilled with a stunning performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by 2 very talented pianists.

The specially commissioned song recital from Clare McCaldin and friends brought the musical performances to an end



And Cotswold Players showed us a revolutionary version of the great ‘revolution’ play by William Shakespeare

Dance: Our favourite dance troupe Ballet Cymru returned to Stroud for their annual performance, this year with their creative (revolutionary?) production of  Romeo and Juliet 


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