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image for Festival item typeHolt Festival 2019 at Holt

Festival, Sun 21 - Sun 28 Jul 2019, £38




This year’s Holt Festival, the first with Anwen Hurt as Artistic Director, cements the charming North Norfolk town’s reputation as a home for world class arts and entertainment. Between 21 and 27 July, best-selling authors rub shoulders with national treasures and venues around the town are filled with drama and poetry, first class art exhibitions, pop music icons and fun activities for children and young people.

The Festival features a host of big names including Sir Martyn Lewis, Kate Mosse, Nigel Havers and Terry Waite. Punk princess Toyah’s 40th anniversary retrospective features favourite hit singles and album classics. Rn’B jazz legend Georgie Fame has amassed an impressive array of hits and worked with the very best in the business. The Britten Quartet and Cantabile are appearing as are Ireland’s Elsafty, O’Connor & Browne.

Holt Festival opens with a new Sunday afternoon street party and picnic, with live music and entertainment, suitable for all the family. In the evening The Smallest Greatest Show on Earth is a risque circus cabaret for adult audiences with compère Abigail Collins.

Oscillate is a ground breaking tap dance experience not to be missed. There are regional favourites like poet Luke Wright and writer and poet Molly Naylor as well as musical comedy from Flo and Joan.

Holt Festival has established an enviable reputation for bringing the very best of the fine art world to the town. There are two major loan exhibitions in the 2019 Festival, Dame Lucie Rie and Hans Coper were potters with distinct styles, regarded as the preeminent British potters of the latter half of the twentieth century. Two Lives in Colour features paintings by Fred Dubery and sculptures by Joanne Brogden who lived in Suffolk all their married lives up to their deaths in 2011 and 2013 respectively. The renowned Sir John Hurt Art Prize is joined by the new Sworders Art Prize for younger artists. Also new this year is Paint Out Holt, a Plein air painting competition for which entrants will create new views of the town to be exhibited throughout Festival week.

Anwen Hurt has selected a short season of films to complement the Festival Programme. That Good Night (12A, 2017) was Sir John Hurt’s final film. Derek Jarman’s magical film version of The Tempest (15, 1979) will be introduced by Jarman’s producer Don Boyd. Toyah Willcox, who stars in the film, will be making a guest appearance prior to her concert in Holt. Internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama Chariots of Fire (PG, 1981) is based on the true story of runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams’ journey to the 1924 Paris Olympics.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 21 - Sun 28 Jul 2019


Festival events are indvidually priced. some are free.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 8 Nov - Fri 8 Nov Glass Workshops
Sun 23 Jun choral Concert
Sun 21 - Sun 28 Jul Holt Festival 2019
Sun 21 Jul Holt Street Party and Town Picnic
Sat 3 Aug Shakatak at the Auden Theatre Holt


Town Centre,
NR25 6



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Map reference: TG 076391  Lat: 52.90934 Long: 1.08673


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