Welcome to the Canterbury Festival, Kent's International Arts Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East. As an independent charity, the Festival brings a rich mixture of performing arts from around the world to surprise and delight audiences.
The Festival inspires artists to create and perform. It commissions new work. It champions emerging talent and supports those seeking careers in the cultural industries. It adds financial and cultural wealth to the Canterbury District and contributes to the wellbeing of its citizens. The Festival is enthusiastic about reaching new audiences, encouraging participation, providing opportunities for learning and making sure everyone can be a part of the biggest Arts Festival in the region. Discover more by clicking on Made in Kent.
In 2016 the Festival drew audiences of more than 65,000, of all ages, to over 200 free and ticketed events. It engaged with 2,800 artists across the Festival programme with an offering of music, theatre, dance, comedy, circus, science, exhibitions, walks and talks. Thank you to everyone who made 2016 such a great success. Whether you were an audience member, performer, volunteer, Friend, funder or supporter, without you the Festival would not be possible.