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Salisbury International Arts Festival
23 September 2021


Wiltshire Creative today announce Salisbury International Arts Festival will return in 2022 with a full programme for the first time in two years. From 27 May – 19 June, the festival will feature a diverse programme of music, theatre, film, dance, spoken word, visual arts, family and free events,  created by Wiltshire Creative’s Artistic Director Gareth Machin, Associate Artist violinist Harriet Mackenzie, and Festival Producer Lucy Babb, alongside a team of associate curators. 

Returning for the first time since 2019 and running for an extended period of 3 weeks, the 2022 Salisbury International Arts Festival will be inspired by the drama, opportunity and danger of islands, and the wide variety of emotions they evoke, delving into the mysterious allure of remote locations. The programme will feature a spectacular line-up of events spanning multiple genres, including circus arts, music, comedy, dance, and a variety of free family events across May half term.

Salisbury International Arts Festival full programme will be announced on 1 March 2022. To be the first to hear when tickets are available sign up here

ON SALE MEMBERS: Tuesday 8 March
ON SALE GENERAL: Tuesday 15 March

Lucy Babb, Festival Producer, said today, “After a two-year hiatus we can’t wait to bring together communities to share in the wonder of the arts once again. 2022 will see the return of the Salisbury International Arts Festival back to the venues, churches, countryside and streets of Wiltshire.” 

Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, said today, “I am delighted to be bringing Salisbury International Arts Festival back to Wiltshire with a spectacular programme of events in 2022. Fascination, fear and love of islands has long fired our collective imagination. After 300 years we are still reading Robinson Crusoe and, after 75 years and over 2,000 episodes, Desert Island Discs is still going strong. However, our interest in islands runs much deeper than their dramatic potential. In our highly connected world, we are increasingly craving the isolation and tranquillity that islands can offer. Even with modern amenities, islands consistently draw us in as holiday locations and meccas of fun and leisure.”


With the full programme to be announced in due course, events already confirmed for the programme include:

  • Contributions from Wiltshire Creative’s SHIFT programme for young creatives, with opportunities for young people to get involved announced in due course
  • The world première of Stone Songs composed by Howard Moody and featuring the Festival Chorus and La Folia musicians, in a performance inspired by the Medieval chants that have resonated from the Cathedral’s stones since the 13th century.
  • A one-off Jubilee Concert and additional performances in celebration of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee
  • The return of the vibrant City Encounters events, offering free pop-up events around Salisbury


Salisbury International Arts Festival will go on sale Spring 2022 at


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Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. Recent theatre productions include the world premieres of Blood Wedding by Barney Norris and The Mirror Crack’d by Rachel Wagstaff. Recent audio and digital productions includes the world première of Making Massinger by Simon Butteriss, the British première of Call Cutta at Home by Rimini Protokoll and Shift a significant youth led project amplifying young voices.

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Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a thrilling artistic programme that captured the hearts and minds of Salisbury. Since then, successive inspirational Festival Directors have built upon that original offer ensuring that, for two weeks every year, the buildings, streets and open spaces of the city have been alive with creativity and artistic excellence. In 2019 the Festival entered a new stage in its evolution as part of Wiltshire Creative.


For further information contact: 

Kate Morley                                       07970 465 648 /
Hannah Margerison                        07375 660 957 /