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.


This year we had planned to support local events and promote the annual visit from our favourite ballet company, Ballet Cymru, but, like all other arts organisations our activities were put on hold whilst Covid -19 restrictions are in place.

Some projects are being delivered digitally, including the Robert Wedderburn Project from Last Legs Theatre. This project has been funded in part by Stroud Arts Festival and you can find out more about their events this Autumn here:   

Stroud Arts Festival are also delighted to continue their long-standing support of Stroud Book Festival in funding the Poetry event, IN NEARBY BUSHES with Kei Miller. Find out more here.  

Meanwhile, we are busy planning for our 75th ANNIVERSARY in 2021.  This will include the appointment of a guest Artistic Director for our season of exciting events planned for September / October 2021, as well as a relaunch of the Stroud Arts Festival grant application process, and an update of our logo and website. Our full programme and further details will be published here imminently.  Please keep visiting this page for updates, or subscribe to our newsletter 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.


Email: for further information on any aspect of Stroud Arts Festival’s work.