Friday 15 June to Sunday 8 July 2018

Discover Art in unusual places

Kev Munday
Basingstoke Festival 2018

Festival Highlights

Basingstoke Festival is a three week arts festival designed to showcase the best of the arts locally, nationally and internationally. From music to arts in unexpected places, we are proud to bring you over 100 events throughout the borough of Basingstoke and Deane.

This year, let the festival help you to ‘discover art in unusual places’. During our seventh successive year, uncover a wealth of talent in places you wouldn’t expect, from shops and businesses to libraries and parks across every corner of the borough. Be prepared to expect the unexpected!  The packed programme is full of surprises for everyone to discover over the weeks of the festival, whether you’re simply enjoying a walk through the town centre or are a visitor to our many cultural venues. From internationally acclaimed performances by Stopgap Dance Company, the visually spectacular, award-winning Ockham’s Razor, the Ballet Cymru presentation of Cinderella, through to a celebration of dance throughout the ages with the Ragroof Players, there’s something for everybody to join in with and enjoy at Basingstoke Festival 2018.

You can pick up your festival programme NOW from all local arts venues, libraries and community centres.

If you have any questions, please email Basingstoke Festival 2018

The Ragroof Players

Tea Dance

The Ragroof Players Tea Dance is a fantastic three-hour participatory event featuring DJs for discerning dancers playing authentic music from the 1920s to 1950s, vintage costumes, glorious dance displays, the company’s trademark instant dance classes, and a chance for everyone to trip the light fantastic. Tickets are FREE but places should be booked. Call 01256 844844 or email:

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Basingstoke Festival and Festival Place

Dance Flashmob

Keep your eyes peeled when shopping in Festival Place on Saturday 23 June….there’s a flashmob about. But where and when they appear is a surprise!

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Stopgap Dance Company

Bill and Bobby

After a night on the town two revellers awake to find themselves in a bath… Convinced that the party is not over, the two friends play a tipsy tribute to the dancing partnerships of the silver screen.

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Basingstoke Festival

ARt Basingstoke

Alter your perceptions of Basingstoke as you follow the augmented reality art trail around town, including the station, Basing View, The Malls, Festival Place, the Top of Town and anywhere in between. Jointly commissioned by Basingstoke Festival and Festival Place.

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Ben Mills and Lydia Thomson

New Mythologies of Basing Stoche

An audio adventure in the streets of Basingstoke imagining new mythologies from the past, present and future of the town. Grab your smartphone and headphones, download the app and #FollowTheTail…

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Scratchbuilt Productions

The Exchange

Families will have tons of fun exploring this clever installation, which holds Basingstoke memories and reminiscences from lots of people all over the borough. Watch out for it at venues all around town, including Festival Place, The Malls, Basingstoke Discovery Centre and Chineham and South Ham Libraries.

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Kev Munday


The distinctive art of Basingstoke’s Kev Munday will be unmissable throughout this year’s festival. Kev has created a special piece of work which includes music, theatre and visual arts iconography alongside some landmarks of the town. He explained: “Pigeons, roundabouts, Stagecoach buses, The Willis Museum, The Haymarket… theseare just a few things I think of when I think of my hometown!” Keep your eyes peeled for the special Kev board – why not have a #bfkevselfie taken with it?

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The official Basingstones Facebook page, started by local mum of two Rachel Pleydell Brown, currently has thousands of members. It’s a perfect example of art in unexpected places. Simply paint a rock, leave it somewhere for someone to find and hopefully brighten their day! If you are lucky enough to find a Basingstone, post a photo of it on the Facebook page, re-hide it somewhere new for someone else to discover and spread some smiles.

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Fluid Motion Theatre Company

All in the Mind Festival

Join us for a jam-packed day of performances including dance, theatre, music and visual arts as well as food stalls and crafts. Currently in its third year this free contemporary arts festival is aimed at opening up the conversation around mental health.

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B LOVE 2019

What’s On

Don’t miss a beat of B LOVE 2019. View all your favourite bands and our headliners here.