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What's on at Canterbury Festival 2018?

PUBLISHED: 10:31 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 26 September 2018

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The 2018 festival line up champions local talent alongside global superstars in two weeks of music, theatre, comedy, dance and much, much more

This year’s Canterbury Festival sees Sir Bryn Terfel and Dame Evelyn Glennie lead a classical line up which include VOCES8 and Rachel Podger, The King’s Singers and pianist Melvyn Tan.

Rock band The Feeling will be on stage at The Marlowe Theatre on their first tour in more than two years. They’ll be followed by Brit Award-nominated singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who will perform her greatest hits accompanied by a full band and string section. Country music duo The Shires will share their new album Accidentally on Purpose.

Festival Director Rosie Turner says: “This year’s Festival is big, bold and packed full of famous faces. Sharing the spotlight are some of Kent’s most talented young performers, many making their professional debut. Whether it’s a classical concert or risqué cabaret, there’s something in the line up to appeal to all tastes and ages.

“The wonderful Spiegeltent will be back in town, hosting more than 50 of the 200 shows in the programme. If you’ve never visited this beautiful 1920’s travelling dance hall, you haven’t experienced the Festival’s fun side.”

This year also promises a fascinating series of talks with radio presenter John Suchet, historian David Starkey, broadcaster Alice Roberts, Blue Planet wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, ‘Angry Chef’ Anthony Warner and many others.

Knock-about clowns Släpstick bring their music-hall style to the Festival, tipping a nostalgic wink to Charlie Chaplin with a modern twist. Comedians Seann Walsh and Simon Evans promise to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

The Festival Spiegeltent returns with circus sensations Barely Methodical Troupe, cabaret superstars Le Gateau Chocolat and Lady Luck Cabaret, plus saxophonist YolanDa Brown.

A family friendly programme of dance, music, story telling and acrobatics will be accompanied by free Arts Award workshops.

Throughout the Festival, the next generation of young local musicians perform in lunchtime school concerts in the Spiegeltent.

Meanwhile Canterbury Christ Church University presents a series of concerts at St Gregory’s Centre for Music, celebrating homegrown talent.

The spotlight remains on local talent with Made in Kent, which celebrates and develops gifted performers. Made in Kent: Dance will showcase three local choreographers. Winners of Make in Kent: Theatre, Canterbury Academy’s Everest Theatre Groups will be performing TRAVELER.

Made in Kent: Comedy will see finalists perform in front of a live festival audience, while Track Record will showcase local bands, giving them support and career development opportunities.

Find out more

Canterbury Festival, 20 October to 3 November 2018

Download your free programme from canterburyfestival.co.uk or pick up a copy from local arts venues in East Kent. Book tickets at canterburyfestival.co.uk

Festival box office: 01227 787787

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