19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


2018 Festival

From Baroque to Burlesque, Canterbury Festival 2018 has something for everyone.


Canterbury Festival is delighted to announce the line-up for this October; two weeks of events, welcoming artists from across the globe. 

Sir Bryn Terfel and Dame Evelyn Glennie lead a classical line up which include VOCES8 with Rachel Podger, The King’s Singers and pianist Melvyn Tan.

Purveyors of life-affirming pop, The Feeling, will be performing at the Marlowe theatre on their first tour in over two years. They’ll be followed by Brit Award nominated singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor who will be performing her greatest hits accompanied by a full band and string section. Country music sensations The Shires will be bringing their pop-infused new album to Canterbury in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Festival.   

Festival Director Rosie Turner says: “This year’s Festival is big and bold, packed full of famous faces. Sharing the spotlight are some of Kent’s most talented young performers – many making their professional debut. Whether it’s a thrilling classical concert or a risqué cabaret, there’s something in the line-up to appeal to all tastes and ages. The wonderful Spiegeltent will be back in town, hosting over fifty of the 200 shows in the programme. If you’ve never visited this beautiful 1920s travelling dance hall – you haven’t experienced the fun side of the Festival. Book early!”

2018 promises a fascinating series of talks with radio presenter John Suchet, historian David Starkey, broadcaster Alice Roberts, Blue Planet wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, and ‘Angry Chef’ Anthony Warner and many more bringing their unique expertise for us to enjoy.  

Riotous knock-about clowns Släpstick bring their music hall style to the Festival, tipping a nostalgic wink to Charlie Chaplin with a modern twist. Brilliant comedians Seann Walsh and Simon Evans will have audiences rolling in the aisles.  

The Festival Spiegeltent returns with circus sensations Barely Methodical Troupe, cabaret superstars Le Gateau Chocolat and Lady Luck Cabaret and brilliant saxophonist, YolanDa Brown. A family friendly programme of dance, music, story-telling and acrobatics will be accompanied by free Arts Award workshops. Throughout the Festival, the next generation of young local musicians perform in lunchtime school concerts in the Spiegeltent; while Canterbury Christ Church University presents a series of concerts at St Gregory’s Centre for Music, celebrating talent right on our doorstep.

The spotlight remains on local talent with Made in Kent whichcontinues to celebrate and develop gifted local performers. Made in Kent: Dance will showcase three local choreographers. Winners of Make in Kent: Theatre, Canterbury Academy’s Everest Theatre Groups will be performing T R A V E L E R. Made in Kent: Comedy will see finalists perform in front of a live Festival audience and Track Record will showcase local bands, giving them support and career development opportunities. 

2018’s Canterbury Festival will be bigger and better than ever – see you there.

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Tickets on Sale:
Friends from 16 July
General public from 30 July


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