19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


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Bernardi Roig, Sleepless Light Exercises (2016, Canterbury Cathedral's Chapter House). Photo credit Thorn


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 over 60,000 people of all ages to free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East. With over two hundred events in two weeks there is something to suit everyone from classical music to contemporary dance, and from comedy to world music with theatre, walks, talks, visual arts and much more.

To find out about the origins of the Festival and the development to its present day format, see the History of the Festival. Alternatively read about our plans for the future under Director Rosie Turner, as we strive to take the Festival to new levels of excellence and enjoyment.

History of Canterbury Festival

Looking to the future

Current Administration

Festival Brochures (1984-2017)

Festival on Film

Festival Photo Album