The Wantage Summer Arts Festival 2018 from June 1st to July 7th is a celebration of Arts and Culture in Wantage and surrounding villages. The Festival team headed by Jim Mitchell, founder of the Wantage Betjeman Festival , promises to make this year’s festival something that the area can be proud of. There are over 60 entries in this year’s Festival.

The change of name (formerly Wantage Summer Festival) reflects a new focus on music, art and the spoken word. In addition, the Festival  is now inviting other talented performers and others from outside the area, both amateur and professional.

Included in this year’s line-up are at least 7 musical concerts of all types including a Puccini Opera celebration, art exhibitions and lots of interesting lectures. A special tribute evening is also being held at the Dolphin Gallery in Wantage to celebrate the life and work of the late Beryl Maile Artist. Also featured are two of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues with Margaret Bateman and Bill Jestico at the Vale and Downland Museum.

Other more unusual events include an evening of Japanese music by the Hibiki Ensemble.

June 29 is going to be a Festival Party Night at The Beacon, Wantage with dancing to the Wantage Big Band plus disco and cabaret.

The Festival dates also include Wantage Carnival on Sunday 10th June, Wantage Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June and Saturday 11am performances outside The Bear as part of Wantage Presents.

Copies of the Festival programme can be obtained from Wantage Library, The Beacon, The Vale and Downland Museum, various shops and from Jim Mitchell jim@wantagesummerartsfestival.com

Events (and programme updates) can be viewed on our website www.wantagesummerartsfestival.com