Seventeen events have now been announced for The Bath Festivals, which takes place from 11 to 27 May in 2018.
Next year also marks the 70th anniversary of the first ever festival put on by Bath Festivals. The programme will consist of performances in iconic venues and open spaces, creating an electrifying festival atmosphere with increased community engagement and high visibility across the city.
Ian Stockley, CEO of Bath Festivals, says ͞We͛re thrilled to be able to extend next year͛s 70th anniversary festival from 10 to 17 days with a programme of over 160 vibrant events. We continue to bring international artists, authors and speakers to Bath to perform alongside those starting out on their professional career. This year, we are diversifying the programme content and use of venues, staging events in both our beautiful buildings and outside in the open spaces of our world heritage city. We will create a true festival experience, as we bring the city alive through performances that entertain and engage the wider community. We are partnering with schools and colleges across the city to offer children and young people opportunities to work with leading arts professionals, gain real world experience, and create and produce their own events as part of our Creative Learning programme. Fans of ͚Party in the City͛ will not be disappointed with the range of bands and musical genres on offer. Friday 18 May will be an evening of free music and entertainment for all to enjoy. Over the next few weeks and months we will be sharing greater details of the programme, with the full 160 events on sale by the beginning of March.͟
The Artistic Directors of The Bath Festival are Alex Clark, David Jones and James Waters. Alex is an editor and literary journalist who frequently writes for The Guardian, The Observer and The Times Literary Supplement. She regularly chairs literary events and has also been on the judging panel for the Booker Prize. David Jones and James Waters are both leading figures in the music industry and experts in their own musical fields.
Early release literature events include: Rose Tremain; Adam Kay; Maggie O͛Farrell; Roddy Doyle and John Julius Norwich.
Early release music events include: Ben Folds & A Piano, Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt playing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside; Stephen Hough; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
For more information about the events, and to book, visit The Bath Festival website.