Spiegeltent by nightWe are delighted to be able to welcome back the Spiegeltent for another year of spectacular cabaret, circus, puppetry, comedy, dance, music and family events.

We have already raised £159,500 thanks to our fantastic supporters, however we still need to raise an additional £3,000 by mid -June in order to ensure that the tent will remain part of the Festival for years to come and to safeguard the Arts Council Catalyst Match Fund.  So please continue to show your support - please visit MyDonate page and give whatever you feel you can. See you there in October!


Canterbury Festival



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Welcome to the Canterbury Festival - Kent's International Arts Festival.

The 2014 Canterbury Festival saw over 60,000 visitors to Canterbury over the two week Festival, with music, theatre, circus, family shows, comedy, talks, science & exhibitions taking place across the city. The Festival team would like to extend their thanks to all the artists who helped make the 2014 Festival one of the most successful yet.

The 2015 Festival will take place from 17 - 31 October. If you'd like to be added to our Mailing List please click the link in the top corner and we will send you a paper copy of the brochure when it is released in July 2015.

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Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East. As an independent charity, the Festival takes great pride in bringing the arts to Kent.

The Festival attracts an audience of 60,000 people of all ages to over 200 free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East.

Every year festival fortnight includes a wide range of events, including Music, Theatre & Dance, Comedy, Science, Exhibitions, Walks and Talks.


October 2015

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  • The Buckmore Park Karting Challenge Results

    The Festival Race Day took place at Buckmore Park Race Track on Thursday 14 May.
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  • News from our Partner and Principal Sponsor

    Canterbury Christ Church University, has launched its exciting summer Arts and Culture brochure, celebrating and promoting the full range of events that Christ Church has to offer over the Spring and Summer months.
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  • Schools' Poetry Competition 2015

    Canterbury Festival is joining forces with the Wise Words Festival this year to deliver its popular Schools’ Poetry Competition, based on the theme of re-writing the world and open for entries now!
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  • Finance and Business Manager Vacancy

    Canterbury Festival are currently recruiting a Finance & Business Manager. Application deadline 27 April 2015.
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  • Canterbury Festival wants you!

    Have you ever thought about putting on your own event? Perhaps you have an idea for an event but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Canterbury Festival is here to help you.
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  • Poet of the Year 2015

    The Friends of Canterbury Festival are delighted to announce that the Competition to find the 2015 Poet of the Year has been launched today!
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  • LINK 2015

    Canterbury Festival is delighted to be working with the Kent Refugee Action Network in 2015
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  • With Regret

    It was with huge sadness that the team at Canterbury Festival learned of the sudden death of Stella Irwin.
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  • Launch of Young Musicians' Bursary Competition 2015

    Canterbury Festival launches the Festival Foundation's Young Musicians' Bursary Competition 2015
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  • Canterbury Festival launches 'Made In Kent'

    Canterbury Festivals new talent development programme ‘Made in Kent’ launches this month with the Young Musician's Bursary Competition 2015.
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  • CCCU renews partnership with Canterbury Festival

    Canterbury Festival and Canterbury Christ Church University agree to continue successful partnership until 2019.
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  • Festival Receives Arts Council Funding

    Canterbury Festival is delighted to announce that its Arts Council National Portfolio status has been continued for the next three years.
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  • Annual Festival Race Day Results 2014!

    The Festival Race Day took place at Buckmore Park Race Track on Wednesday 18 June 2014.
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  • The 2nd Festival Go-Karting Race Day!

    Canterbury Festival Fundraising Race Day on 18 June 2014 at Buckmore Park!
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  • The 2014 Festival Highlights

    Have a sneak peek at this year's Festival Highlights leaflet!
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  • Prosper - Adventures in Arts Collaboration

    Canterbury Festival is forging the way with a new model of culture-led transformation through sustainable creative practice across East Kent.
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