Music Jazz used with kind permission of the artist Gypsy

Welcome to the website of Stroud Arts Festival, 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 celebrate our 75 Year Anniversary, we present a world-class Season of Events, curated by our Guest Artistic Director Dave Ayre, to be held at venues around Stroud.  

Our Autumn line-up is now on sale via the Stroud Subscription Rooms and includes sublime classical music from Sinfonia Viva with violinist Sophie Rosa, Flutter & Fly with Jack Ross, Stroud Symphony Orchestra with John Pearce and the Hewletts Opera directed by Louis Mander for two performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.  You can see all our upcoming events here: To receive updates do subscribe to our newsletter.

Sadly, we’ve been informed by the organisers that this year’s Hidden Notes Vol.2 Festival has been postponed due to continuing uncertainties surrounding Covid issues.  We hope the audience for this festival will continue to follow and support Hidden Notes and we all look forward to them making it happen in 2022.

Stroud Arts Festival is committed to carrying out our own Autumn programme as advertised and we will work with our artists and performers to do as much as we can within any Covid restrictions which may be in place at that time.

Later this year, Stroud Arts Festival will relaunch our grant application process, to allow as many people as possible to apply for and benefit from grant money. This will be announced once our anniversary programme is confirmed.  Meanwhile, all our funds have been allocated so no new grant applications can be considered at this time. 

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.

To see our latest events, please see our ‘Events’ section

To learn more about our work, please read our ‘About Us’ section.

To receive updates on our 75th anniversary plans, please subscribe to our newsletter.


Many of our planned events in 2020, 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 in Autumn 2020, all delivered digitally:

December 2020 until early 2021: Stroud Arts Festival continue to help fund EVERYTHING IS LIGHT at Stroud Subscription Rooms, a fantastic family attraction featuring a maze of illuminated tunnels and hidden rooms bathed in colour – all from the unbridled imagination of Jack Wimperis. See information and updates on the exhibition here.

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 and upcoming event 5 February 2021:
The Robert Wedderburn Project from Last Legs Theatre has been funded in part by Stroud Arts Festival. You can find out more on our events page here and on their website 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.