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.
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW VENTURE FOR CHILDREN – OF ALL AGES!
In partnership with Stroud Valley Arts (SVA) we bring you a weekend full of fun, creative and educational activities held outdoors in our little ‘park in the town’ Bank Gardens,and indoors in the splendid St. Laurence Church and the iconic Brunel Goods Shed.
We’re calling it PLAYGROUND and we hope you will all come out to play!!
Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July
See Events page for the full programme
2019 also brings an exciting programme of events based on the theme ‘REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS’.
In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we’re bringing you a diverse range of events, all with Revolution in mind.
We’ve already had our centrepiece for the Spring programme – a concert of ‘revolutionary’ music for 2 pianos with Ashok Gupta and Jams Coleman.
Still to come is an exhibition, some workshops and events celebrating Print – a process which had worldwide impact; a Festival of Wool and Water and more walks commemorating Stroud’s history of protest.
Then in the Autumn we’ll bring you an evening of operatic arias with a revolutionary theme, some shakespearean drama, and later in the year our favourite ballet troupe return for their annual performance
Some highlights below with more detail on the Events Pages as they become available. As some event details are yet to be confirmed please keep visiting this page for more information through the year.
FESTIVAL 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
Theatre: A ‘revolutionary ‘production of the ultimate revolution play – Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’- a Cotswold Players production. October 2019 at the Cotswold Playhouse https://www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on
Otherstory Puppetry presents ‘Taking a Holiday’ – a story of conscientious objection and the rejection of war. November 2019 Museum in the Park https://otherstory.org/
Outdoor events: This year we are supporting 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 http://radicalstroud.co.uk/radical-stroud-revolutionary-walks-programme/
Art: “R is for Revolution” an interactive print project using letterpress techniques. Workshops, art history talks, an exhibition and more 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 http://www.woolandwater.org/
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 http://www.welshballet.co.uk/productions/romeo-a-juliet/
So, keep visiting this page as we add more information.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on any aspect of Stroud Festival’s work.