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
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.
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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.
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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
This year’s festival, running from 25 September to 4 October has pulled out all the stops to ensure there’s plenty over the 10 day festival to involve and interest the Bath teen audiences. Here’s a brief round-up of some of the events:
Double Carnegie medal winner Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy will talk about his experiences as a writer as well as sharing his latest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
Joe Suggis a YouTube Star with over 4 million subscribers and he’s coming to Bath to discuss his first book, Username: Evie, an original and imaginative graphic novel. Ticket price will include a signed copy of the book and there’ll also be a chance for 50 fans chosen randomly on the night to meet Joe in person.
Holly Smale is Young Adult Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl books. Come and hear all about All That Glitters, the latest calamity-strewn adventure starring Harriet Manners.
On an exclusive visit from the US, bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly joins us to talk about the third book in the Waterfire Saga, Dark Tide whilst three amazing authors Arabella Weir, Jenny McLachlan and Katy Birchall talk about the amusing and peculiar perils of being a modern day teen as well as confessing some of their own teen misadventures.
Master storyteller Derek Landy has built a loyal following of devoted Skullduggery Pleasant fans. He’s written a new and epic saga, Demon Road, full of his trademark action, wit and razor sharp dialogue. Come prepared for undead serial killers, vampires and killer cars!
Sheila Rance has written a stunning fantasy adventure called Sun Catcher and will be running a masterclass in creative writing and world building – this is your chance to turn the ideas in your mind into reality on the page.
Joe Abercrombie and Philip Reeve, two young adult storytellers at the top of their craft, transport you into two incredible worlds in turns brutal, fantastical and amazing.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a Hunger Games expert? Join the eccentric host Caesar Flickerman for the ultimate Hunger Games quiz. Test your knowledge of the books and pit yourself against the other in Panem for the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Not to be missed.
CLASSICAL Sir Willard White and Bath Philharmonia: 7.30-9.30pm The Forum. Much loved opera star performing with Bath’s own professional orchestra the Bath Philharmonia and Bath Camerata Gershwin & Dovrak
Bath International Music Festival is delighted to announce FREE tickets for under 18s* (in addition to the Family Events) at some of the headline Festival nights.
*1 paying adult is eligible for up to 2 free Under 18 tickets to any 2015 Bath International Music Festival event at the Forum. These tickets are not available online please call the box office on 01225 463362 or visit in person.
Hugh Masekela: 25 May
Jazz legend and South African activist Hugh Masekela and his band with support by Helele on Monday 25 May. Expect a party! with echoes of township, jazz, hip-hop and funk – a DO NOT MISS, once in a lifetime chance to see a living jazz legend here in Bath. Read more
Laura van der Heijden: 21 May
Cellist Laura won BBC Young Musician of the Year at just 15 and performed at this year’s BAFTAS. For this special concert Laura performs Haydn, Mozart and more with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Read more
Sir Willard White & Bath Philharmonia: 26 May
Introduce your Under 18s to opera and the power of a full chorus and orchestra in the most impressive way, with a much loved opera star Willard, singing the role he is famous for in THE? Great American Opera Porgy and Bess.. with tunes they’ll know straight away (Summertime, I got plenty o’nuttin) Read more
There are many more Free to Under 18s events in the 2015 programme including the brilliant House Gospel Choir at Komedia on Monday 25 May at 2pm – bring your kids and dance! please see the full programme for other events, including the Family Music Dayon Sunday 24 May in Parade Gardens.
Bath International Music Festival kicks off this year’s festival on Friday 15 May with the city wide celebration, Party in the City, spreading over 43 venues, with more than 150 exciting bands, singers and performers. We’ve also joined up again with the national initiative Museums at Night, with museums here in Bath and across the country flinging open their doors for late night explorations.
This year Party in the City continues throughout the Festival, with free music on the bandstand in Parade Gardens on the first weekend, 16/17 May, and again on Sunday 24 May, with a free Family Music Day including more free music from local bands, plus more delights during the week. The fun does not stop, with the 12 day Bath International Music Festivalrunning from 15 – 26 May.
PARTY IN THE CITY HIGHLIGHTS (OR VIEW THE FULL EVENTS LISTINGS HERE)
Street Performance: as well as everything going on at Party in the City venues don’t miss all the spectacular street performances. Samba bands, DJ Disco Turtles and more.
Highlight Tours: (Free) The ‘delightfully absurd’ Natural Theatre Company guide you through the musical streets of Bath.
*Headline Act* Bite The Buffalo: B.T.B have played the UK’s best venues, supported Robert Plant and bring you their version of Stomp, Rock Blues. 9.15-10pm Parade Gardens
Bath Community Gospel Choir: Young Carers South West and Bath Philharmonia 9.15-10pm Bath Abbey
Sing & Samba: A world premiere collaboration of choirs – come along and join the biggest sing-a-long of the night. 6.45-7.15pm The Circus
Bristol A Cappella: Vocal harmonies re-creating well-known pop songs. 9.30-10.15pm Colonna & Hunter
Kilter’s Unsung Choir: Young people’s lyrics about unsung aspects of their lives. Performed by professional choirs. 7-7.30pm Holburne Museum
The Gas Giants: A rare appearance by Will Gregory & Tony Orrell to launch ART & WORK 8-9pm Museum of Bath at Work
Bohemian Embassy: They’ve played some of the UK and Europe’s best venues – with a great live set! 10-11pm The Pig and Fiddle
Maria Muller: International Mezzo-Soprano accompanied by Russian pianist Sergey Rybin 8.50-9.30pm Ralph Allen Cornerstone
Turbo Disco Turtle: An 8 metre long, 3 metre wide, glow-in-the-dark disco Turtle! Bring bubbles to blow 9pm Stall Street Finale
Noctis: Award winning chamber choir performing traditional choral music, contemporary, film scores and jazz standards. 9.30-10pm St Michael’s Church
The Bath Welcome Choir: Popular harmonies and chart songs. 7.30-7.50pm St. Swithins Church
The Full 2015 Party in the City line-up will be available soon in the P.I.T.C brochure look out for announcements!