Established in 2012, the festival is part of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s strategy to promote the borough, by showcasing its arts and cultural organisations alongside the wealth of community organisations engaged in a broad range of cultural pursuits. The festival also highlights some of the unique borough locations, highlighting its history, cultural facilities and its outstanding green spaces.
Year by year
We are growing
The Basingstoke Festival is an overarching brand for a series of events organised by local groups and organisations and is coordinated by the council. Since the festival began it has continued to grow, with the 2015 festival including more than 100 events, in over 40 venues, involving 42 large and small organisations, reaching an audience of over 160,000 people. The festival has included: theatre, orchestras, choirs, dance, multicultural parades, rock festivals, film exhibitions, book readings, art installations and more.
The festival has the potential to attract additional funding, sponsorship and income to boost the cultural offering in the borough. In 2015 the festival attracted nearly £40,000 funding from the Arts Council England, alongside the borough council’s support. As the festival has grown, it has attracted regional and national arts activity, and we are keen to gain international attractions that will not only stimulate partnerships within the local arts scene, but also provide expanded opportunities to residents and businesses.
If you have an idea for the festival, contact us.
From our dance flashmob to live performances in Festival Place and War Memorial Park, the borough will get moving this summer!