The Bath Festival
Friday 19 - Sunday 28 May 2017
Bath Festivals is launching a new multi-arts festival for the city. The Bath Festival will build on the heritage of our current festivals, Bath Literature Festival and Bath International Music Festival, bringing them into one new flagship festival, with music and literature at the heart, celebrating the city and engaging the wider community.
This new structure of a single, larger arts festival is an evolution which will allow us to grow the number of world-class events that we can bring to our city and build on our position as a leading arts organisation in the region. While The Bath Festival will include a wider range of events we will also continue to offer the core events from the literature and music festivals; including classical, jazz, world and folk music alongside contemporary fiction, intelligent debate, science, history, politics and poetry.
Bath’s biggest night of free music, Party in the City
will continue with over 2,000 people taking to stages across the city and 20,000 in attendance. The festival will also continue to provide year round extensive learning & participation opportunities for over 6,000 young people. Bath Festivals will continue to produce the much loved Bath Children's Literature Festival.
Bath Box Office 01225 463362
Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm
Wednesday 24 May, 4.30pm
Can we really be alone in the universe?
Steven Isserlis & Simon Callow
Thursday 25 May, 6pm
Internationally celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis talks to national treasure and Schumann superfan Simon Callow.
The Good Immigrant
Friday 26 May, 7pm
Who are we? 21 writers of colour explore life in today's Britain.
Friday 26 May, 7.30pm
Where: The Bath Forum
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Saturday 27 May, 4pm
Award-winning author of Brooklyn, talks to Artistic Director Alex Clark about his new novel, a daring foray into the ancient world.
Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm
The American jazz singer performs her album Secular Hymns
Sunday 28 May, 12.45pm
Sir Salman Rushdie; Margaret Drabble and Fay Weldon; Sebastian Barry; Mary Berry; Ali Smith; Michael Rosen; Harriet Harman; Ed Balls; India Knight; Victoria Hislop; Lionel Shriver; Colm Tóibín; Sophie Hannah.
Philharmonia Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt; Jeremy Denk; Ann Murray; Cecilia Bernardini; Steven Isserlis; Tenebrae; Malcolm Martineau; Richard Goode; a new 6-concert series BathSongs – from Brahms to Broadway.
Jazz & Folk:
Georgie Fame and the Guy Barker Big Band; Madeleine Peyroux; Brad Mehldau Trio; Naturally 7; Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill; Stormy, featuring Camilla Beeput and directed by Clarke Peters; Martin Carthy and Sam Sweeney; Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal
Words + Music:
Simon Callow and Steven Isserlis; Laura Barnett and Kathryn Williams; Bob Dylan: A Celebration; Madeleine Thien and Richard Uttley