19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Bursary Competition 2016 Credit Tim Stubbings 1

Help support the future of your Festival...


The Canterbury Festival has a distinguished history as the major promoter of international arts in East Kent, and the Festival Foundation was set up to ensure that the success of the Festival grows year on year.  Since its current inception the Festival Foundation has sought funds to support two major Festival initiatives: Building for the Future and The Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary for Young Musicians. Having secured the purchase of Festival House in Canterbury, the Foundation is now concentrating on fundraising to secure the long term future of the Festival. 


Supporting excellence in the Arts in Kent

Commissioning new performances and inviting international artists is both costly and risky. It is simply not possible without the fundraising efforts which the Festival undertakes year round. Contributions to the Festival Foundation are essential for building a programme that is unique and relevant to Kent. The Foundation also supports much of the work undertaken with young people and communities. 


Young Musicians in East Kent

The Foundation supports young musicians in East Kent who show exceptional talent and wish to pursue their musical training, but who would require financial support to achieve their ambitions. An annual award, The Canterbury Festival Foundation Bursary for Young Musicians, is presented to the winning musician(s) of the Bursary Competition held during the Canterbury Festival to support them in their music training and to pursue their ambitions.  Fundraising for the Young Musicians Bursary is on-going, and the Foundation is keen to secure funds to support this scheme for future years.  Find out more here.


You can support the Foundation by leaving a Legacy: 

By remembering the Foundation in your will, or donating a gift to the Foundation, you will help to secure the future development and long-term financial stability of the Canterbury Festival - Kent's International Arts Festival.  Your gift or legacy will help to ensure the continued provision of high quality international performances, enable major projects such as the commissioning of new plays and compositions, the hosting of premieres and the development of wide-ranging education and outreach projects within the local community.


Please contact the Festival Office to request a Foundation leaflet, which gives full details of possible ways of giving. 


Thank you for your support - which will help to secure the future of the arts in Kent.