spiegely small.jpgCanterbury Festival is currently fundraising to support our Spiegeltent venue for 2014. This exciting venue came to Canterbury in 2013 and saw nearly 10,000 people attend a whole range of events including Comedy, Cabaret, Circus and much more!

We have to raise half the money needed to bring the Spiegeltent back to Canterbury and the Arts Council have agreed to match fund the other half.

If every visitor to this site last year donated just £2.00, we would be half way to our target! Please visit our MyDonate page and give whatever you feel you can. See you there in October!


Canterbury Festival


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

The 2013 Festival is over for another year, but what a year it's been! This year saw 28 events sell out and nearly 10,000 people visited our newest venue, the Festival Spiegeltent!

From Matthew Barley's stunning solo cello recital in the Cathedral Transept, to a full Marlowe stomping their feet to folk legends Oysterband, this year's Festival was our biggest yet with 229 events over the two weeks and we were delighted so many of you came along for the ride!

A massive thank you to all our volunteer stewards, bar staff, production team and technical crew for helping make the Festival happen, and a special thank you to everyone who came along and took part - we hope you enjoyed it!

So pop the dates for next year's Festival in your diary now, and watch this space!

Canterbury Festival: 18 October - 1 November 2014


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Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

The Festival attracts an audience of 70,000 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 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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  • Canterbury Cantata

    A Festival Foundation Fundraiser at Canterbury Cathedral
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  • Launch of Poet of the Year 2014

    The search is on to find the 2014 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year!
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  • Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2013 Winner

    Over 180 entries were submitted and we are delighted to announce the winners of this year's competition!
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  • Canterbury Festival’s Poems on the Buses

    Presentation of prizes to young poets on National Poetry Day at the culmination of this year's Schools Poetry Competition.
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  • Long and Short List for Poet of the Year 2013

    After a lot of deliberation, here are the long and short list for this year's Poet of the Year competition!
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