Bradfield Festival

Welcome to Bradfield Festival, a celebration of culture, creativity and community in the stunning setting of Bradfield College. The festival is proud to be a BBC Get Creative champion organisation – one of a network of over 63,000 arts groups running cultural events and activities in the UK.

“The way to get young people involved and interested in the theatre and the arts is to provide exciting works for them to see.”

 DAME JUDI DENCH, FESTIVAL PATRON
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL 2015
 

Bradfield Festival brings together the best of music, art, literature, theatre and dance in an ambitious week of creativity, combining educational workshops and an extensive outreach programme with world-class professional performances in the magical setting of Bradfield’s iconic Greek Theatre

Bradfield Festival Workshops

Our workshop programme has over 250 hours of free activities for young people to experience something new – from learning to play the steel drums to Flamenco dancing, Body Percussion to sculpture, stained glass to learning to DJ on our festival radio station. All of our workshops are completely free of charge, not only to every single Bradfield pupil, but also to hundreds of children from schools and colleges all over Berkshire – workshops funded by ticket sales from our public shows, the Old Bradfieldian Society and the generosity of our festival sponsors.

Educational enrichment and outreach are at the heart of the festival. Every day of the festival, Bradfield College pupils join young people from schools and colleges across the county in workshops with some of the world’s leading artists, musicians, writers and performers.

And many of these world-class visiting artists will actually perform alongside the students they have been workshopping with in public evening shows. Unique, once in a lifetime experiences – playing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, stomping with members of the cast of Stomp, singing with G4, jamming with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra – litter the festival and help to make this one of the very best educational arts festivals in the country.

“I am very proud to be Artistic Director of this inaugural festival. I hope your visit inspires you – to go to an opera, to sing in a choir, to write a review, to paint, to learn a new craft, to take
up a musical instrument, to dance, to...

After all, education is the business of inspiring people.
So go on, Get Creative and try something new.”

 DR TIM COKER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL 2015

Read more about the performers and workshops in the Festival Programme 2015.