Box Office now open for festival highlight events.
The Festival celebrates arts and culture throughout East Cambridgeshire; bringing together the best of local and community performances alongside highly acclaimed professional performers and artists.
Since 2012 the Festival has brought together local venues, community groups and amateur arts organisations as well as supporting individuals from many different art forms including theatre, music, visual arts & dance.
The Isle of Ely Arts Festival 2017 kicks off on Saturday 10 June; throughout the 36 days you can enjoy a host of arts, cultural and community events throughout the District.
Bring a rug, picnic and your friends to our two outdoor festival highlight events as Sing! Choirs perform an evening concert in the Bishop’s Garden (Sunday 18 June). The Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform Wind in the Willows on the east lawn of Ely Cathedral (Saturday 1 July).
There’s new work on offer as Lantern Dance Theatre Company present a new ballet based on the legendary Fen spirit, Tiddy Mun. There’s touring theatre too as The Isle of Ely Festival Players bring new comedy ‘Behind The Scenes – A Fenland Farce’ to our fen villages.
Festival highlights include a Fens Experience Day at Haddenham Galleries. Babylon ARTS are hosting an intimate concert from Boo Hewerdine and an evening of ‘Spooken Word’ High Stakes from the poet in residence at the Dracula Society. There’s also a chance for you to get involved with our photo competition organised by Haddenham Galleries where you can get your work featured in our 2018 calendar.
On Saturday 15 July Ely Sinfonia, Ely Choral Society and Ely Consort join forces in our Festival finale concert at Ely Cathedral in a programme that includes Vaughan Williams’ In the Fen Country and Beethoven’s 9th!
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Chris Parsons, with professional musicians from staged an excellent children’s concert in 2016 and this year six local primary schools will take part in workshops with the orchestra. There will be little room to hear the afternoon performance by 300 children but Eboracum Baroque will give an evening performance. More information to follow.