Ever the optimist, Canterbury Festival Director Rosie Turner believes this year’s event – running in various venues across the city from 14th October to 4th November – will be something a little extra special for visitors.
While sadly it may prove to be the last year that the famous Spiegeltent hosts its popular round of cabaret at Kent’s International Arts Festival, there’s a huge array of music, arts and family-friendly events that have traditionally proved to be the arts highlight of the city’s calendar.
Speaking to The Canterbury INDEX, the Festival’s Director Rosie Turner said: “This year is looking like a really strong year, though it might be the final time for the Spiegeltent as we have lost additional funding that we previously had from the Arts Council. But we are still very pleased with the events we do have, and we’re particularly delighted to be staging shows aimed at children and young people through our Made In Kent programme.”
“We’ve some big names appearing as well with artists such as Imelda May, and one of my personal favourites, Mary Black, will be performing as part of the festival.”
“In addition, we’ve also managed to commission a new musical theatre production, The Masters of Mystery, by Ethan Lewis Maltby and Jenna Donnelly, which is a brand new show that we will be premiering, and is set in the 1920s following the adventures of two young people who solve crimes,” Rosie explained of the festival, which she hoped that the city’s residents would continue to support.
As she enthused, there are plenty of reasons to do so, with a range of events that also includes talks from the likes of TV historian Dan Cruickshank, Whitbread Prize winner AN Wilson and Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray.
The festival’s eclectic mix of music is also well represented with performances from the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Ruby Turner, Freddy Kempf, and an 80s revival from Harvey and the New Wallbangers, who will all no doubt ensure a hugely entertaining few weeks.
• For more details on Canterbury Festival events, which run between 14th October-4th November, visit