Wetherby Arts Festival, An Update

We would now normally be frantically busy finalising the 2020 programme. There would be the brochure to create before going to the printers, the performers to contact (and contact again), the venues to risk assess and to upload the details to our box-office system ready for tickets to go on sale. Sadly that is not to be this year. We have taken the decision like so many festivals, the world over, to cancel. Read our chairman’s message here.

 

However, not all is lost. We have continued to look for arts or cultural events that will be of interest. Some of you will see a much greater activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There is also now a Wetherby Arts Festival channel on YouTube which we will make efforts to expand. Check it out here.

 

That’s the virtual stuff. We also will be staging a real, live dance project led by Katy Hewison of Wetherby. She with friends led children in a day’s dance at last year’s Festival. This will now be expanded into a dance project. The kick-off will be a Dance Creation Day taking place at a number of open spaces within Wetherby. It is largely aimed at young families with children but all will be welcome. Moreover the event is FREE. More information will be posted on our website and social media as the day approaches but take a look at the flyers below. This event has been funded by Leeds Inspired and by Leeds City Council. Read more on our What’s On page.

 

Coming to Wetherby on 30 August…

And where to find us…

Below are some of our memories from 2019. We’ll be back in 2021 with another Festival

Join former politician and Minister, Alan Johnson, and ‘Queen of Feel-good Fiction’, Milly Johnson, for a convivial lunch and hear them talk about their books. More..

Dance the night away with acclaimed accordionist Neil Barron.  More..

This new orchestra, directed by Martin Binks, perform Bruch’s violin concerto with Charlotte Rowan and Vivaldi’s double oboe concerto in a programme including works by Mozart and Beethoven. More…

Our artist in residence is joined by pianist Charlotte Stevenson for a programme ranging from the baroque to the 20th century with music by Vitali, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Milhaud and Szymanowski among others. More…

Lively performances from the group Aspects of Opera to entertain you while you tuck in to fish and chips!  More…

Five lunchtime concerts through the week bookable either as a bargain season ticket or singly.  Great music performed by singers, instrumentalists and on the organ.  More…

Hear brilliant wildlife photographer (and former Team GB javelin thrower) Tesni Ward talk about her beautiful work and the importance of nature conservation. More…

A welcome return for Sheffielder Tom Wrigglesworth (of BBC Radio 4  Hang Ups fame) who is joined in this double bill by Sean McLoughlin, described by  Time Out as ‘the best comedian you haven’t heard of’.  Well you have now.  More…

Enjoy a selection of pop classics and songs from the musicals such as La La Land and Les Misérables  from this popular Wetherby group – and sing along! More…

Terrific close harmony singing from a lively group of men whose focus is on pleasing audiences, raising money for charity and enjoying themselves. More…

Badapple Theatre goes ballisticus maximus as they deliver a contemporary take on the Romans in their new comedy with songs and music. More...

Our popular local band presents an exciting programme of traditional and modern brass music.  More…

Described as ‘the best tribute band in the UK’ Abba Revival present an evening  of faithful choreography, spectacular costumes and excellent musicianship. What’s not to like! More..

Neil Delamere is one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers, fast making a reputation in the UK as a hilarious comedian.  He’s joined by Maisie Adam, Comedy Newcomer winner at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, who has been described as ‘incredibly watchable.  More...

You may not know this…
The Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to aid us at the box office or helping at events.  If this interests you, please see the Volunteer page.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
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Wetherby Town Council

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

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We would also like to thank Morrisons Supermarket, the Rotary Club of Wetherby & District and, of course, our many volunteers for their invaluable support.