Stroud Arts Festival is a charity promoting and supporting all types of artistic activities throughout the Stroud District. Founded in 1946, it’s the ‘grandparent’ of all the wonderful festivals this area has to offer. To learn more about our work, please read our ‘About Us’ section.

The Stroud Arts Festival team is busy planning for our 75th ANNIVERSARY in 2021.  We have appointed Dave Ayre, double bass player, composer and music educationalist, as Guest Artistic Director to curate and lead an exciting season of events to highlight the scope and reach of our charity.

In early 2021, Stroud Arts Festival will relaunch our grant application process, to allow as many people as possible to apply for and benefit from grant money. 

We are thrilled to launch our new brand and logo, created by local designer Adam Hinks of PDCo and designed with the evolving nature of the charity in mind.

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Many of our planned events this year, including the annual visit from our favourite ballet company, Ballet Cymru, have been put on hold whilst Covid -19 restrictions are in place.

Stroud Arts Festival is delighted to have been able to support the following projects this Autumn, all delivered digitally:

November 26: Stroud Arts Festival supported Stroud Subscription Rooms for their very special evening of world-class music featuring Stroud’s own Dave Ayre Trio, the award-winning Carducci String Quartet and author, historian and BBC presenter Anthony Burton, live-streamed from inside Jack Wimperis’s incredible exhibition EVERYTHING IS LIGHT. Full details here.

November 5: Stroud Arts Festival continued its long-standing support of Stroud Book Festival in funding the Poetry event, IN NEARBY BUSHES with Kei Miller, introduced by Adam Horovitz. 

October 29: The Robert Wedderburn Project from Last Legs Theatre has been funded in part by Stroud Arts Festival and you can find out more about their upcoming events this Autumn here:   


In collaboration with a number of other organisations in Stroud we brought you a diverse range of events in 2019, all with Revolution in mind. Thank you to the wonderful artists,performers,technicians and venue staff who made it all happen and of course to the audiences who made it all worthwhile.


Playground was a great hit with children of all ages. A weekend of fun and creative play for all the family.


R is for Revolution was an inspired and inspiring community project led by Christine Felce and Rachel Oram from the Gloucestershire Printmaker’s Co-operative. 


We supported the wonderful Wool and Water Festival which ran throughout the month of September.

Photo: Deborah Roberts


The Selsey Common rally in support of the Chartist Movement was commemorated with a performative walk from Radical Stroud.


Music which caused a riot! But only when first performed in 1913. Stroud was thrilled with a stunning performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by 2 very talented pianists.


The specially commissioned song recital from Clare McCaldin and friends brought the musical performances to an end.


And Cotswold Players showed us a revolutionary version of the great ‘revolution’ play by William Shakespeare.


Dance: Our favourite dance troupe Ballet Cymru returned to Stroud for their annual performance, this year with their creative (revolutionary?) production of  Romeo and Juliet.


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