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Salisbury International Arts Festival

THE PRELUDE

1 March - 18 June 2022 Watch From Home

An audio-visual feast captured on film to whet the appetite of new and existing Festival-goers. Harriet Mackenzie ...

No Woman is an Island

15 April - 30 June 2022 The Vanner Gallery, 45 High Street, SP1 2PB

A collection of works by seven award-winning women artists: Cath Bloomfield, Phoebe Cummings, Nicky Knowles RWA, ...

Island Life Exhibition

17 May - 2 July 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre

This exhibition brings together artists who address the political, social or economic conditions of living on ...

Castaway

27 May - 18 June 2022

What is the one object you couldn’t live without if you were a castaway on a desert island? Inspired by Desert Island ...

Convolutions in Clay

27 May - 21 June 2022 Young Gallery, Market Place, SP1 1BL

Frequently inspired by architectural details, many of Jo Taylor’s works have been influenced by buildings such as ...

Daily Profundis

27 May - 18 June 2022 Listen from Home

Simon Butteriss reads Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis in its entirety in daily episodes of around 20 minutes. ...

Festival Special

27 May - 18 June 2022 Roche Court, East Winterslow, SP5 1BG

An interactive tour on the Festival’s theme of ‘Islands’. Visit and respond to artwork at the Roche Court ...

Raku Retreat

27 May - 18 June 2022 Messums Creative, Chilmark, SP3 5DU

Half-Term week at Messums Creative will be dedicated to experiencing and learning about the exhilarating process of ...

Stone Songs

27 May 2022 Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury SP1 2EJ

Over 800 years after the laying of the Cathedral’s foundation stone, STONE SONGS will reflect on the skill, vision ...

Bemerton Beach Party

28 May 2022 Pinewood Way Green, Bemerton Heath, SP2 9HU

Come along and enjoy entertainments including street theatre, seaside sports, seaside crafts, tasty treats and much ...

Royalty and Salisbury: Blue Badge Guided Walks

28 May - 18 June 2022 Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, SP1 1EJ

Join the Salisbury Guides on a one-hour walk in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to explore the rich ...

Hardy's Wessex The Landscapes That Inspired a Writer

28 May - 30 October 2022 Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, The Close, SP1 2EN

A major temporary exhibition about the life of Thomas Hardy, exploring his relationship with Wessex using literary ...

Underwater

28 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

A magical journey into the deep blue sea, this is a beautiful dance piece especially for babies and their grown ups. A ...

Marmalade

28 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Lucy Cooke: BITCH, A revolutionary guide to sex, evolution and the female animal

28 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Since Charles Darwin, evolutionary biologists have been convinced that the males of the ...

Jubilee Concert

28 May 2022 Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, SP1 2EF

A roof-raising, celebratory concert in the splendour of Salisbury Cathedral to mark the Platinum Jubilee of HM The ...

Patrick Barkham: Small Island Life, A Journey Around Our Archipelago

28 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Patrick Barkham takes us on a journey around some of Britain’s most intriguing small islands, meeting their wild ...

FILM: Castaway

28 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

In 1981, Lucy Irvine answered an advert in Time Out magazine from a man looking for a companion to join him for a year on a ...

Lou Sanders: One Word: Wow

28 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Taskmaster champion Lou Sanders is back! (And if you haven't seen Taskmaster, head to Channel 4 and say goodbye to your ...

COGS Cycle Ride

29 May 2022 Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Hulse Road, SP1 3NR

Join them for a gentle seven-mile bike ride around the Golden Way, starting and finishing at Five Rivers Leisure Centre ...

Islander: WATCH FROM HOME

29 May - 3 June 2022 Watch From Home

The film is being streamed for 24 hours, so gather your friends and serve popcorn. Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a ...

Froggy's Famous Fan Club

29 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Rehearsal Room

A joyful and exciting participatory music show for pre-schoolers with live music on banjo, ukulele and accordion. ...

Song Surgery with Bibi Heal

29 May 2022 Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, The Close, SP1 2EN

Join duo Bibi Heal (soprano) and Amanda Cook (guitar) in the intimate setting of the museum’s garden for your own ...

Peter Benson: The Stromness Dinner

29 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Award winning writer Peter Benson in conversation about his latest novel, The Stromness Dinner. Set in the northern ...

The Wave

29 May 2022 The Rifles Museum, The Wardrobe, The Close, SP1 2EX

Three buffoonish, broken, musical playing sailors need your help as they battle against the stormy seas. The Wave is a ...

FILM: Limbo

29 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

A fictional remote Scottish island provides a windswept and otherworldly setting for this poignant and wryly amusing ...

Lives of Clay

29 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Grounds

Thrilling dance, original music and expressive live ceramics combine in a unique theatrical event, rooted in ancient ...

Cleveland Watkiss: The Great Jamaican Songbook

29 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

The great jazz singer celebrates Jamaica’s long history of pioneering musical sounds. Cleveland and his band bring ...

Islander (Screening)

29 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Based on the original stage show from Helen Milne Productions and produced in association with Helen Milne ...

Rashmi Sirdeshpande, Story-telling

30 May 2022 Rocketship Bookshop, 5 Bridge Street, SP1 2ND

Come and meet the award-winning children’s author in a fun storytelling session.

Club Origami

30 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Rip, fold and scrumple! Shall we see what we can make with a single square of paper? See how your imagination begins to ...

SCRUM

30 May 2022 Old George Mall Car Park, Old George Mall Shopping Centre, 6 New Street, SP1 2PH

A Festival must-see – performed on the top of a multi-story carpark on a summer’s evening, this is unique outdoor ...

Anita Sethi: I Belong Here

30 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Author of the acclaimed I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain Anita Sethi charts her adventure ...

FILM: The Salt in our Waters

30 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

An artist from Dhaka arrives at an isolated fishing village in the Ganges Delta with a crate full of sculptures, ...

Inner Worlds

30 May 2022 St Thomas's Church, St Thomas’s Square, SP1 1BA

In this beautifully programmed recital, the internationally acclaimed pianist invites us into the private, ...

Tidworth Family Fiesta

31 May 2022 Tidworth Leisure Centre, Nadder Road, Tidworth, SP9 7QN

Wiltshire Creative are bringing the festival to Tidworth town! There will be something for all the family to enjoy for ...

The Happy Music Play Session

31 May 2022 Salisbury Library, Minster Street, SP1 1BL

A relaxed morning where you can meet the concert pianist and author of The Happy Music Play Book. This delightful manual ...

FILM: Swallows and Amazons

31 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

Arthur Ransome’s childhood classic is updated for a new generation of would-be adventurers. On an idyllic summer ...

Gavin Francis: Island Dreams Mapping an Obsession

31 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own ...

Island Life Exhibition Artist Panel Discussion

31 May 2022 Online via Zoom

An online panel discussion as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival comprising of curators and artists ...

Infinite Ways Home

31 May 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Critically acclaimed choreographer Richard Chappell presents his most ambitious work to date, Infinite Ways Home - a ...

Rollercoaster

31 May 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Ultra-modern pop-punk juggling. Surrounded by huge inflatable blue structures and accompanied by electro beats ...

The Isle is Full of Noises

31 May 2022 St Thomas's Church, St Thomas’s Square, SP1 1BA

Bibi Heal (soprano), Simon Lepper (piano) and Bridget Foreman (words) perform a staged recital inspired by the sounds ...

CITY ENCOUNTERS 2022

2 - 3 June 2022

This free event has been a Festival staple for many years and this year it is set to fill the city streets with life, colour ...

Escape to the River Sea, book signing with Emma Caroll

2 June 2022 Rocketship Bookshop, 5 Bridge Street, SP1 2ND

The bestselling children’s author and queen of historical fiction joins us for a special signing session of her ...

Sculptures Explorers, Imagine and Travel!

2 June 2022 Roche Court, East Winterslow, SP5 1BG

An interactive family tour and workshop exploring ideas around travel, both to other lands and outer space ...

Scrap Island

2 - 3 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Get creative with our very own Scrapstore workshops – will you make a desert island, a boat or a mystical animal that ...

Emma Reynolds, Amara and the Bats

3 June 2022 Rocketship Bookshop, 5 Bridge Street, SP1 2ND

Join the children’s picture book illustrator and author for a storytelling and craft session. Emma reads from her ...

Head in the Clouds

3 June - 2 July 2022 Pound Arts, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX

The sky is the source of light is the subject of Miriam’s paintings and graphite works. In the tradition of Constable, ...

Walk and Talk for Adults

3 - 10 June 2022 Roche Court, East Winterslow, SP5 1BG

A one-hour discursive tour of the Sculpture Park for adults, taking in artwork that speaks to the Festival’s theme of ...

Flamenco Masterclass

7 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

Come to the masterclass and learn about flamenco rhythms, percussion and hand clapping before watching the dazzling ...

Lucy Strange: The Ghost Of Gosswater

7 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

The award-winning author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood and Sisters of the Lost Marsh examines ghost stories, ...

Camille O’Sullivan

7 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

The internationally-acclaimed singer presents a stripped back, intimate evening of songs about loss, love, joy, ...

Flamenco Night

7 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

This dazzling evening showcases the flamenco world, with songs by Monica Garcia and gorgeous choreographies by ...

Karolos Ensemble

7 June 2022 Wilton Italianate Church (St Mary & St Nicholas Parish Church) West Street, Wilton, SP2 0DL

The Karolos Ensemble – Harriet Mackenzie (violin), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola) and Graham Walker (cello) – ...

FILM: Man of Aran

8 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Pioneering early documentarian Robert Flaherty spent two years in the 1930s capturing the hardscrabble lives of the ...

Oriente Plus / Power Cut | You Have Half a Second to Impress Me

8 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Pioneers of Signdance theatre, Signdance Collective (SDC), bring their new production to Salisbury ...

Elise Downing: Coasting

8 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

In 2016, Elise became the first woman and youngest person to run self-supported around the coast of Britain. Coasting ...

Hofesh Shechter: Contemporary Dance 2.0

9 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Contemporary Dance 2.0 is a rhythmic, fiercely energetic and captivating performance, first created by Shechter for ...

FILM: Tanna

9 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

Tanna transports us to a Pacific island where lifestyles have changed little over hundreds of years. When a young woman ...

Solitude

9 June 2022 St Martin's Church, St Martin’s Church Street, SP1 1BA

The four pieces included in this recital all reflect solitude in varying and contrasting ways: Henry Purcell’s O! ...

SHIFT: LIVE

10 June 2022 Salisbury Market Square, Blue Boar Row, Salisbury SP1 1JH

SHIFT proudly presents a spectacular night of live music and multimedia arts.

2065

10 - 11 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

A futuristic sensory extravaganza for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The year is 2065: ...

As You Like It

10 - 11 June 2022 Rack Close, Off De Vaux Place, The Close, SP1 2ES

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to Shakespeare himself – invites you to join them for ...

Jacqui Dankworth and David Gordon’s Butterfly’s Wing

10 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

As heard on their debut recording Le Départ, the unique chamber jazz group Butterfly’s Wing entices you into their ...

Nightwalks with Teenagers

10 - 11 June 2022 Starting in central Salisbury going across the city

Nightwalks with Teenagers is created with local youth who plan, design and lead public walks through the city at night, ...

Islands in the Sky Ceramics Workshop with Jo Taylor

11 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Pottery Studio

A fantastic opportunity to join ceramic artist Jo Taylor for a morning of inspirational clay work. Jo’s work is ...

SHIFT: KITCHEN ISLAND CONVERSATIONS

11 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

In 2021, Wiltshire Creative handed over the reins to young artists, to shift the way we work, produce and operate. Where ...

Fingerstyle Ukulele Workshop

11 June 2022 St Martin’s Church, St Martin’s Church Street, SP1 1BA

This finger-style/classical ukulele workshop will look at playing arpeggios and simple chord melody pieces. You ...

Bath Philharmonia: FLARE!

11 June 2022 Salisbury Cathedral, The Close, SP1 2EF

Join Bath Philharmonia for a unique orchestral concert full of perilous exploration, blissful escapism and positive ...

Julian Joseph Trio

11 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has devoted his long ...

The Ukulele: From Madeira to Hawaii

11 June 2022 St Martin's Church, St Martin’s Church Street, SP1 1BA

The term ukulele is Hawaiian, but the instrument is originally from the Portuguese island of Madeira. Samantha Muir ...

Treasure Hunt

12 June 2022 Salisbury City Centre

Ahoy there, sea-faring folk! The pirates have come to town and if you can’t beat ‘em then why not join ‘em? Follow ...

Can I Live?

12 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

An energising and uplifting filmed performance that uses original hip hop and spoken word to explore the world of ...

SHIFT: ON STAGE

12 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Before we clock out of our SHIFT at the festival, we turn our attentions to the future. Indulge in a plethora of live ...

Tulu

14 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

This show tells the story of distance runner and Ethiopian legend Derartu Tulu, charting her rise from the humblest ...

FILM: The Tempest

14 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

This flamboyant adaptation changes the dynamic by switching the gender of sorcerer Prospero to sorceress ...

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & A New Island Adventure

14 June 2022 St Thomas' Church, St Thomas’s Square, SP1 1BA

Harriet Mackenzie (Associate Artist) and 12 Ensemble join forces for the first time. “Islands are precious places ...

Fiddle Tunes from the Northern Isles

15 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Rehearsal Room

Join Blazin’ Fiddles’ Jenna Reid (Shetland) and Kristan Harvey (Orkney) ahead of their headline show, in this ...

Blazin’ Fiddles

15 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

One of today’s foremost Scottish folk acts, Blazin’ Fiddles combine over 20 years’ experience with ...

Film: Lord of the Flies

15 June 2022 Bishop Wordsworth's School, 11 The Close, SP1 2ED

William Golding’s tale of schoolboys stranded on a Pacific island who regress into increasingly savage behaviour ...

True Strays (acoustic duo)

15 June 2022 The Chapel, Brown Street, 34 Milford Street, SP1 2AP

True Strays are lifelong friends, songwriters and country boys from Bristol – Joseph James and James Cameron – ...

David Olusoga: Black and British

16 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

The award-winning historian, author and broadcaster explores the extraordinarily long relationship between the ...

Boar

16 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Welcome to the Kingdom of Skadi, a land of adventure and of evil. Where pillagers, pirates and barbarians do battle in a ...

Monster Ceilidh Band

16 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Monster Ceilidh Band are on a crusade to bring a powerfully modern and un-patronising approach to ceilidh music – ...

Stuart Goldsmith and Nabil Abdulrashid: Work in Progress

16 June 2022 The Chapel, Brown Street, 34 Milford Street, SP1 2AP

Two of UK comedy’s rising stars perform their work in progress – open-hearted, honest and guaranteed potentially ...

Mark Steel: Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

17 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory ...

Nobody Panic LIVE

17 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, Main Space

Writers and comedians Stevie Martin (Breeders, Late Night Mash) and Tessa Coates (Feel Good, Starstruck) co‑host ...

M. G. Leonard: Adventures on Trains

18 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Join Beetle Boy and Twitch author M. G. Leonard as she invites you to embark on the next thrilling journey in the ...

Yvonne Bailey-Smith: The Day I Fell Off My Island

18 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, The Salberg

Yvonne Bailey-Smith writes with great warmth and humanity about reluctant immigration and the relationship between ...

FILM: Window to the Sea

18 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, White Room Studio

Maria is living her best life in Bilbao when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Defying family and doctors, she ...

Smashed2

18 June 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

Smashed 2 is juggling reinvented, using plenty of explosive fruit and slow-motion comedy. Inspired by the work of the ...

Panigiri

18 June 2022 Salisbury Arts Centre, The Grounds

Join us to celebrate the close of the Festival with this finale party! Taking inspiration from a traditional Greek ...

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