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.

Still more to come in our year of ‘REVOLUTION IN THE ARTS’. 

In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we’re continuing to bring you a diverse range of events, all with Revolution in mind.

Seeing us through to the end of September is ‘R is for Revolution‘ an interactive project with exhibitions, workshops and events using letterpress techniques, and a month-long Festival of Wool and Water celebrating Stroud’s industrial and creative history.
Then  we’ll bring you more walks from Radical Stroud with stories of Stroud’s history of protest;.an evening of songs with a revolutionary theme from mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and friends; Shakespearean drama from the Cotswold Players, and finally Ballet Cymru returning for their annual performance, with their dazzling choreography, stunning costumes and world class dancing.

Some highlights below with more detail on the Events Pages.


Art:  R is for Revolution an interactive print project using letterpress techniques.  Workshops, art history talks, an exhibition, music and poetry – all taking place during September at the Museum in the Park.

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 

Song: An evening of operatic arias and songs with a ‘revolutionary’ theme Revolution in Song with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin, baritone Paul Sheehan and pianist Paul Turner. A rich and varied programme from Beethoven to Sondheim via Wagner and Debussy. Thursday 31 October 2019

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 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 and revolutionary characters. Friday 11 October and Saturday 23 November 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

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

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