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Salisbury International Arts Festival

27 May - 18 June 2022
Salisbury International Arts Festival


Salisbury International Arts Festival will return in 2022 with a full programme for the first time in two years. From 27 May – 18 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

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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




A look back at Wiltshire Creative's Salisbury international Arts Festival

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. Salisbury International Arts Festival became part of Wiltshire Creative in 2018. 

Wiltshire Creative brings together Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. It is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also receives funding from Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council. 


Summer 2021



Salisbury International Arts Festival 2019


Lift Off 2018


Ageas Salisbury International Festival 2016


Ageas Salisbury International Festival 2017