St Ives September Festival 2013 – a small taster

The very first St Ives September Festival in 1978 was an ambitious affair that brought together folk music, fine arts, poetry, chamber music, dance, theatre and arts & craft. Having run for 35 years, the St Ives September Festival once again returns with an impressive programme of events.

For those planning a short break in St Ives, the September Festival is a must for fans of art, dance, music, literature and performance.

Here are a few tasters of some of the 200 plus events you can enjoy if you are down in St Ives for the festival.

Music and Performance

Folk music fans need to plan a break in September; Fairport Convention are one of the Folk scene’s biggest bands, and will be playing the guildhall on the 14th of September. If that wasn’t enough, Show of Hands, who have sold out the Albert Hall four times, will play the same venue on the 21st.

A poet and performer, whose texts are regularly studied at GCSE, A Level, and University level, John Cooper Clarke comes to the St Ives Theatre on the 19th. JCC, who has toured across the world and performed at many leading festivals, is sure to excite and astound the St Ives audience with his work.

Arts and Literature

The many galleries of St Ives will be opening their doors to host a series of free exhibitions. No matter what medium or style takes your fancy, there will be an exhibition taking place to cater to your tastes, with galleries and open studios displaying works throughout the festival.

If you like poetry, songs, comedy, storytelling, and more, the September Festival will have something for you. Several days throughout the festival will see Café Art hosting a free speech night, while St Ives Art Club will feature a range of events, including musical versions of the poems of Cornish Poet Charles Causley.


The St Ives Art club will be showing a series of classic horror films, beginning with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, on Sunday the 15th, and ending with Frankenstein on the 25th. Also showing will be An American Werewolf in London, Nosferatu, and The Mist. Tickets cost £5 for each film, or if you intend to go and see them all, you can receive a discount of £3 on the final film.

All this and more with a short break in St Ives during September

What you have read here is just a small taster of the many brilliant shows, films, performances, tours and readings that are taking place.

The St Ives September Festival runs from the 14th to the 28th of September. You can find out more information on the festival website.

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