19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


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As a registered charity, support from Trusts and Foundations is vital to Canterbury Festival

Our current level of activity which sees us provide opportunities to 2000 young people and welcome audiences of 60,000, costs £723,000 per year. We are proud to earn 57% of our income and be recognised as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England. However, we still need to raise around £122,000 per year in voluntary income to ensure we are able to reach more audiences and support training and career development for those seeking to work in the cultural industries.

You can read more about the areas in which we require support below:


Made in Kent

The Made in Kent framework offers opportunities for talent development and training to young people in all the disciplines contained in the Festival – music (both popular and classical); theatre, visual arts, comedy and creative writing. Support from trusts and foundations enables us to involve many more young people as well as creating the potential to expand the existing framework.

International Programme and New Commissions

Commissioning new work and presenting world premieres is one of the key aims of Canterbury Festival. Using the City as a canvas, the Festival seeks to create unique projects which illustrate, inform and entertain on subjects that resonate with Canterbury’s citizens.

Furthermore, by bringing the best of the world’s arts to Kent, audiences are given a new voice, a new way of looking and a new understanding. However, this is an expensive and risky process so opportunities are limited. Financial support from trusts and foundations enables the Festival to develop its ideas for new pieces of music and theatre which express a contemporary view on Canterbury and instil a sense of civic pride.


Walk In The Woods Foundations Page

‘This was the most incredible experience...’ - audience reaction to A Walk in the Woods, a specially commissioned performance for young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 


As well as the International Festival, consisting of 200 events, in October each year, there are numerous events throughout the year celebrating the artistic talents of young people. We would be delighted to welcome you at any time in the year, to see what we do.


To discuss how your support could further our aim of inspiring new talent and securing the future of contemporary arts in Kent, please contact Amanda McKean, Development Manager on 01227 452 853 or at amanda@canterburyfestival.co.uk


Thank you to the following Trusts and Supporters:


The John Swire 1989 Charitable Trust

Peter and Beryl Stevens

Canterbury Festival Foundation (Friends)


The H R Pratt Boorman Family Foundation