Stevenage Festival

Stevenage Festival of the Arts

A very warm welcome to the Stevenage Festival website

Welcome to Stevenage Festival! The purpose of the Festival is to provide a showcase for all the exciting talent that we have right here on our doorsteps in Stevenage. It takes place every two years and involves something like two thousand local performers and artists of all descriptions. For each Festival we have a series of performances in our very on Gordon Craig Theatre and we also have a vibrant fringe of smaller events taking place around the town. Whether you are into fine art, poetry, photography, theatre, dance, books or classical music, there's something on for you.

Lots of our performances feature young people taking their first steps in an activity that they love - please come along and support them. Who knows, some of them may go on to great things - and you saw them here first.

The bad news is ... you've missed a great Festival in 2017. You'll have to visit the history pages (see History link in menu) to see information about that.

The next full Festival is in June 2019 and details can now be seen via the what's on and fringe links in the menus (or the links bearing those names), and on our Facebook page so do keep in touch. If you want a sneak peek at the 2019 programme you can download it or view it here.

We will be helping to run a "Rock in the Park" event in 2019 as part of Stevenage Day (click here to see the Webpage outlining bands and approximate times for them).
In 2018 we again supported Rock in the Park and you can find details about the day here.

I would like to thank all the people who make this Festival possible - all the local groups and individuals who work so hard to put on performances and events and the audiences who come to support them; our patrons for their support; Stevenage Arts Guild, which keeps the arts on the agenda all year round; Hertfordshire Music Service; local councillors who have squeezed funds for us out of their locality budgets; the Gordon Craig Theatre and my committee of volunteers who work tirelessly to make the whole thing happen.

Ron Walkers photo  Ron Walker Chairman, Stevenage Festival

Stevenage Festival Organisation

Festivals like this take a long time to plan.

If you are a local arts group and want to know more or would like to be involved then please contact us.

If you have any questions, or want to provide feedback about events, please feel free to contact us via our contacts page. Your feedback is always appreciated.

The Festival is grateful to the following patrons for their support:
The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Lord Cobbold,
Martha Lytton-Cobbold, Rebecca Hughes,
Councillor Richard Henry, Simon Speller,
Professor Howard Burrell, Marie Joy Taylor,
Ellen Terry May Craig, Helen Craig,
Vicki Michelle and Giles Terera

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