Canterbury Festival


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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 takes great pride in bringing the arts to Kent. Canterbury Festival is an annual event devised to raise funds to further the work of the Canterbury Theatre and Festival Trust. 

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.

Partner and Principal Sponsor:

Canturbury Christ Church University


October 2016

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  • Track Record 2015 Results

    Track Record 2015 saw 35 local young musicians compete to win a recording session with Independent Music Productions
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  • Postcards from Canterbury Festival 2015

    For those who couldn't join us this year, here is a little snapshot of what you missed!
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  • Young Musician's Bursary Competition 2015 Results

    Announcing the winner of this year's Bursary Competition
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  • 2015 Festival Reviews from the Young Critics

    Reviews of Festival Shows written by local young talented writers
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  • LINK 2015 - Success!

    Exciting news about this year's LINK project
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  • New Transport Partner Announced

    Canterbury Festival is delighted to announce that Stagecoach, who have been supporting the Festival since 2003, are the Festival’s official Travel Sponsor for 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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