Don’t miss out on your chance to shine

10th March 2016

Arts and community groups or venues are being reminded not to miss their chance to get into the programme for Basingstoke Festival 2016, alongside big names and talented performers from the borough.

Registration for the summer festival closes on Friday 11 March - it’s free via an online form at or by calling 01256 844844 for a registration form.

Now in its fifth year, Basingstoke Festival 2016 will run from Friday 17 June to Sunday 10 July and already features a fantastic line-up of events sure to attract huge crowds of all ages.

Acclaimed classical singer Russell Watson, sixties pop musician Andy Fairweather Low and Britain’s Got Talent star illusionist Jamie Raven, will all take their place on the festival stage.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to lift the roof at The Anvil with ‘The Planets - An HD Odyssey’, a multi-sensory event using space mission images from NASA, brought to life with the orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The Planets. Basingstoke Choral Society will present Handel’s Theodora, while guitarist Sam Carter, the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra, The Blues Band and Swing Unlimited All Stars Big Band will all perform an eclectic range of music.
Theatre choices will range from productions of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Hamlet’ to the crime thriller ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy’. For the children, there will be performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Railway Children’.

Over the three weeks of the festival, there will also be art and craft fairs, buskers and workshops and the tasty Cheese and Chilli food festival. The wonderful World Party, which has been held in Eastrop Park since 2010, is a free family event celebrating world cultures. Other must-see events include Sherfest, the Boars Bridge Charity Music Festival and the Artikinesis Live exhibition.

Basingstoke Festival 2016 will culminate in Basingstoke Live, a free two-day event on Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July, showcasing local music and dance artists alongside national and international performers on five stages.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Cathy Osselton said: “Basingstoke Festival 2016 is already shaping up well, even before registration closes. I know there’s a wealth of creative talent and diverse culture in the borough and we want to see lots of home-grown talent involved in the festival this year. The message to local groups planning cultural events is not to leave it too late, as they only have until 11 March to register.”

All events will be included in the festival programme, with an online version at, as well as printed copies distributed free to 12,000 people.

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