The Bath Festival is a new flagship festival for Bath – 10 days and 130+ events featuring the biggest and brightest names in literature, words and music – celebrating the world heritage city of Bath from 19 – 28th May 2017. The festival supersedes the Bath Literature and Bath International Music Festival.
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View the online brochure or to receive a copy of the 2017 Festival brochure (posted to subscribers on 6 February) please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362
Taking place from 19-28 May 2017, The Bath Festival will build on the heritage of the Bath Literature Festival and Bath International Music Festival, delivering a flagship festival with music and literature at the heart.(more…)
As part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival’s 10th Birthday celebrations we have invited a few of our biggest fans to describe some of their favourite memories from festivals past and what they’re looking forward to this year. This week’s blog is from Ottoline enthusiast Lily Stanley…
Hi my name is Lily Stanley and just like the Bath Children’s Literature Festival I am nearly 10 years old. My mum works for Waterstones who support the Festival by selling lots of books at the events and sometimes I get to help which is really fun.
The first event that I can remember going to was Zoe and Beans-Pants on the moon. I love the illustrations in both Chloe and Mick Inkpen books. I also remember going to a Philip Ardagh event. He kept talking about beards a lot and he was a very funny storyteller.
My favourite event last year was Sam and Mark because they got some of the audience up on stage for a quiz which was entertaining. I hope they do that again this year. I can’t wait to see David Walliams because he always makes me laugh and Chris Riddell because I love the Ottoline and Goth Girl books – I have them all!
THE LARGEST DEDICATED CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL IN EUROPE WILL SOON BE 10 YEARS OLD
9 days and over 100 events featuring the best children’s and teen authors, incredible illustrators, favourite characters, professional storytellers and the biggest names in children’s literature from across the world.
Tickets go on sale on the following days:
General Booking: Is NOW OPEN
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David Walliams, Liz Pichon, astronaut Chris Hadfield, Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman & Simon Mayo, Chris Riddell, Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Nick Sharratt, Chris Packham, Clare Balding, Julian Clary, Lucy Worsley, Axel Scheffler, Andy Day, Cerrie Burnell, Sam and Mark, Lucy Cousins & Maisy, Frances Harding and so many more….
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Over the last decade, the festival has brought to Bath and beyond, over 2,500 incredible author and illustrator events and workshops which have been enjoyed by over a ¼ of a million children, parents and teachers.
The Bath Children’s Literature Festival, the largest dedicated children’s festival in Europe, has always offered a vibrant array of talks and activities for children and young adults, and this year is no exception.
THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS
One of the biggest names in children’s books, David Walliams, is coming to the festival for the first time. The event will be a celebration of ‘The World of David Walliams’, with a talk about his career and some of his most popular books.
Best selling author and illustrator, Liz Pichon, offers a very special event that will take the audience into the world of Tom Gates.
Canadian astronaut, Colonel Chris Hadfield will launch his new book, The Darkest Dark, at the festival. Chris will talk about how he conquered is fear of the dark as a child and then went on to become Commander of the International Space Station.
Former children’s laureate, Michael Morpurgo, will share the inspiration for his books, including his latest novel An Eagle in the Snow which is an extraordinary story of the man who could have stopped World War Two before it began.
YA (Young Adult) Day – another former children’s laureate and celebrated YA author, Malorie Blackman, comes to the festival for an exclusive ‘in conversation’ event with radio presenter and author SimonMayo in which they will discuss their books and all things YA. The programme will also include Robert Muchamore & Sophia Bennett, Sarah J. Mass, Cecilia Ahern & Sophie Kinsella, Kevin Brooks and Frances Harding.
Chris Riddell, author of much loved books such as Ottoline and the Goth Girl series, will give a talk about his role as the current children’s laureate and answer questions from his young fans – through live drawing!
Team GB’s most successful Olympic athlete and cyclist, Chris Hoy, will introduce his new series of books for young readers entitled Flying Fergus.
TV presenter and wildlife champion, Chris Packham, will recall many animal stories as well as talk about his first book, Amazing Animal Journeys.
Well-known broadcaster and author, Clare Balding, will entertain and inspire with her talk about her very first book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.
Comedian, entertainer and writer, Julian Clary, will team up with illustrator, David Roberts, to introduce their brand new book in the series, The Bolds to the Rescue.
Historian and author, Lucy Worsley, will bring Tudor times to life with her novel Eliza Rose. The book explores the life of Katherine Howard and Henry VIII’s court through the eyes of the maid of honour, Eliza Rose.
Bestselling illustrator, Axel Scheffler, will do live drawing and storytelling based on family favourites such as Stick Man and Superworm.
The Dragon’s Dentist by Tom Morris, adapted from the book by artistic director of the festival, John McLay, will be performed at the Mission Theatre by Next Stage production.
The Kids Big Bath Read returns this year. The book under review will be Hamish and the Worldstoppers, written by Danny Wallace and illustrated by Jamie Littler.
A series of Masterclasses offering pop-up book making, Doctor Who story writing, collage making and tips on how to become a journalist.
Look out for events, activities and competitions to celebrate the 10th anniversary including the CBeebies Radio Bus.The artist who created this year’s programme front cover is Nick Sharratt. Nick will give a talk on his new picture book, The Cat and the King.
Keep up to date with all the Festival announcements by following us on Twitter @BathFestivals #BathKidsLitFest or Like us on Facebook /BathFestivals
The festival began with Bath’s Biggest Free night of music Party in the City. 40 venues, 2 new outdoor festival stages in Parade Gardens and Queen Square and schools, bands, choirs all performing and continued over 10 days.
Take a look at the 2016 Festival in our Festival Gallery view gallery
I’m a cellist, composer and mum from London. I’ve got quite an unusual musical career as I write and perform my own music largely, and travel the world to play my concerts. I also do session performances or recordings for a diverse artist base from opera to hip hop and I love it.
I never wanted to play the cello! But luckily for me, my career wasn’t dictated by a choice I made aged four and a half. I was very fortunate to be in a primary school in inner London that participated in a scheme run by the Centre for Young Musicians, whereby cello and violin lessons were offered to primary aged children, and when the initial letter came home in my bag outlining these lessons I said a resounding no. One term later a gap appeared in the cello group, and I went along with my friend in order to escape some other activity in the school day, and here I am now! Without doubt it was the brilliant, enlightened and what I now recognise as freeing approach of the teachers, especially my teacher Vicky Miller that inspired me continuously and enabled me to sculpt my own career as a solo cellist and composer.
When I first started playing my solo concerts I used to feel fraudulent standing on stage saying I was a cellist, as I’d never played a big concerto with an orchestra, in fact I’d never really played professionally at all prior to this point. Even though I was in the grimy dives of North London I still felt this inadequacy, I’d get terribly nervous and shaky-bowed, and even now contemplating my forth solo album, many EU dates and sixth tour of Australia I still have a sense of this now and then. I think it keeps things real for me though, I am more confident now in my abilities and more importantly I’ve reached this glorious understanding that there is more than one way to be a professional cellist!
What or who have been your biggest influences?
The inspiration for my writing is pretty much un-boundaried, it’s whatever moves me, with music obviously being the main point I’d say. I’m a huge fan of Bach, Debussy, Pärt, Kodály, Tavener and Bartók, and these sit happily alongside my outright love of Whitesnake, Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails to name but a few. I find poetry inspirational, certain concepts in psychology too (mainly Jung!) and art as well – especially Mucha. Another massive influence is the landscape around me. My latest album ‘Five Incantations’ (some of which I’ll play for you) is a prime example of this. ‘Five Incantations’ firmly began life in Australia, during my tour in 2015. When I am in Australia I somehow feel able to connect to a more vital or spiritual source.
Beyond Australia, back home in the UK my friends are a constant source of inspiration to me. I have many great colleagues and friends in both musical and non-musical careers, all of whom are constantly supportive, offering words of wisdom, unbiased opinions and direction, thoughtful comment and at times wine! All of this is part and parcel of what I do, I feel my friends make my music with me, and I feel very lucky to have their support, their energy and their time.
Have you spent much time in the city of Bath?
Not much time, but I’ve absolutely loved each visit! I have a very good friend and collaborator who lives in Bath, poet Mohan Rana. We perform spoken word and improvised music concerts together, it’s something very special indeed. I’ve actually been to St Michael’s on my last visit to Mohan, though I didn’t realise at the time I’d be playing here so now I’m really excited!
What are you currently listening to?
Right now I’m listening to music by Rose McDowall as I have two session performances coming up for her and I need to learn it all again! I’m also preparing for a classical recital in Leipzig so I’m also listening to awful practice recordings I’ve made of the Kodaly sonata and two of the Bachs. But as far as what’s in my car, ‘Warrior’ by Anilah, absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and powerful, and a relatively obscure (these days) band Saraya (‘Saraya’ 1989), great female fronted rock group. That, and a daily dose of ‘Let It Go’ (my daughter is four!).
See Jo perform at St Michael’s Church Friday 20th May 9.30pm. Plan your night at Bath’s biggest FREE party here.
In less than three weeks time, Bath International Music Festival brings acclaimed folk and acoustic acts to communities in Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Paulton and Keynsham. From the beautifully crafted songs of Nuala Honan to the energetic performance of Gaz Brookfield, don’t miss out on what promises to be an excellent series of events.
Kicking things off for us at Midsomer Norton Town Hall on Saturday, May 21 is Nuala Honan. Originally from rural Australia, Nuala followed her family’s musical heritage to England after winning Most Outstanding Female Vocalist at the South Australian Music Industry Awards and has performed at major festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Womad.
Nuala’s vocals give you goose bumps within seconds and her beautifully crafted songs leave you wanting to discover more. Nuala’s passion for local music has led to her setting up weekly music nights in Bristol and it’s clear that music is in her blood.
Emi is an 18 year old bursting with talent. In 2014, she was named Gloucestershire Solo Artist of the Year and has since been supported by BBC Introducing, as well as becoming a finalist in the 2015 Song Academy Young Songwriter of the Year.
Simon writes songs about love, loss and everything in between. Born in Northern Ireland and now living in Radstock, Simon has a beautifully crafted guitar style and a voice to match, as well as skilful song writing. Simon was the winner of the Bath Folk Festival ‘New Shoots’ competition in 2014.
Just down the road at Paulton Library on Thursday, 26 May the most intimate show of the festival takes place, as Sam Easonheadlines an evening of blissful folk music. Sam is a prolific singer-songwriter inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and James Taylor, and if you’re looking for an evening of heart-strings being pulled at, this is the gig for you!
Since honing his craft at open mic nights, Sam has headlined The Fleece in Bristol as well as supporting David McAlmont, Sandi Thom, Scott Matthews, Winter Mountain and James Vincent McMorrow among others. Sam has released six EP’s including 2014’s ‘Leave The Dark Low’ and ‘Live at the Fleece’ which captures him at his very best.
Lauren is one of the most exciting up and coming singer-songwriters in the West Country and has already released a successful EP in 2014 (‘Vintage Dress’). She has performed across the county and beyond for the last two years including a spot on the Bath Music Festival’s bandstand at Parade Gardens in 2015!
Acoustic Showcase – Free Event! Please click here for more details
The following day will showcase the fruits of months of hard work by a group of Bath College students in collaboration with Bath Festivals at Bonzo Lounge, Keynsham on Friday 27 May. The group have been working towards a BET (Bath Education Trust) Award since December which has seen them plan, curate and produce this special FREE gig for the Music Festival.
Headlined by local band Stone Cold Fiction and featuring open mic spots alongside other top local names, this is the culmination of a series of workshops that have helped this dedicated team to produce what is guaranteed to be a night of great music by some of the best local talent around.
Concluding this series of concerts on Saturday, May 28, we head to Radstock to partner with DNA Arts for an exciting day of arts and music that will see Gaz Brookfield headline the finale of ‘Round About Radstock’ at Victoria Hall. The day time event will see local arts and music in full flow across Radstock and if you collect five stamps on the special Round About Radstock Passport you will receive £1 off a ticket to see Gaz in action that evening. (Note: £1 can be redeemed back on the door for anyone who buys an advanced ticket).
Gaz is no stranger to Victoria Hall having played the venue last year to a packed crowd and you simply won’t want to miss one of the finest and most energetic performers around. His original songs tell the tale of a musician who does what he loves to get from one town to the next.
Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol – a feat he has now achieved four times, the last two selling out over six months in advance,
Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz’s relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw him play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite.
So pack out Victoria Hall and get ready to end a memorable day on the highest of highs!
Bath Festivals is delighted to announce that Priority Booking is Now Open for The Independent Bath Literature Festival, Friday 26 February – Sunday 6 March 2016. Amongst the 10 day line up of 130+ events Bath Festivals welcomes Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker, Tracy Chevalier and the American feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem (on her first visit to the UK in 20 years). General Booking opens on Monday 18 January.
BECOME A MEMBER TODAY AND BEAT THE QUEUES (FROM £20)
Support the Festival and book the best seats, enjoy up to 2 weeks priority booking, an invitation to the exclusive opening night party and special discounts from Festival partners. Read more
WIN A PEN PAL MEMBERSHIP AND BOOK FROM MONDAY 11 JANUARY * HURRY COMPETITION ENDS WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY
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It’s the Literature Festival’s 21st birthday, take a look at the full 10 day programme including Joan Bakewell, Marian Keyes, The EU debate, AC Grayling and many more. To join our mailing list and receive a copy of the brochure please call Bath Box Office on 01225 463362
The Independent Bath Literature Festival Friday 26 February – Sunday 6 March 2016
Patrons and Pen Friends NOW OPEN
Pen Pals Monday 11 January
General Booking Monday 18 January
Party in the City is Bath’s biggest, free night of music and performance.
Every May, to mark the opening night of the 10 day The Bath International Music Festival, Party in the City celebrates the panoramic local music scene and vibrant cultural life that Bath and its surrounding areas have to offer.
Last year, the biggest in the history of Party in The City, 48 venues opened their doors to over 2000 performers and 20,000 audience members.
This year on 20th May 2016, we are coordinating an exciting programme of free events across the city of Bath, including fantastic street theatre, processions and dance that will bring the city centre alive with music and dancing and we are now taking performer applications.
We consider all applications that encompass performing and visual arts; from bands to bhangra and DJs to opera, if you have an innovative performance, spectacular collaboration or something completely different that you think could be in Party in the City, we would love to hear from you!
If you would like to submit a performer application form, please read the PitC information sheet and send a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st December.