The September Festival never fails to attract both big talents and big crowds to the town of St Ives. Running from the 12th to 26th September, this two-week festival celebrates art and artistic culture in all its forms in one of the most creative places in the county. Including music, exhibitions, spoken word, comedy, dance, readings, and much more, this year’s festival features a packed calendar with more than 300 separate events. From the town’s biggest attractions to the cosiest artists’ studios, everyone in St Ives will be getting in on the action.
Let’s take a quick look at what this year’s Festival programme has to offer.
St Ives September Festival 2015 event programme
With so much going on, spread out across two weeks and dozens of venues, it is hard to pick and choose specific activities or shows to mention. Whichever day you choose to attend, you are bound to find something happening in the following categories:
Art – St Ives is home to many artists, and throughout the festival they will be throwing open the doors of their studios to allow members of the public to see inside their creative spaces. Galleries throughout the town will be holding special exhibitions, with many of them inviting artists to give talks on their work.
Music – Leading the way on the music front is the St Ives Guildhall, which will start its festival programme with a performance from legendary folk act Show of Hands. Plenty of smaller venues will be hosting intimate music sessions, with other performers making the winding streets of St Ives their stage.
Literature and Poetry – From spoken word out on the street to a night of stand-up comedy, the September Festival will see orators and raconteurs delivering verse, prose, fact and fiction in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. For something truly interactive try Shanty Baba’s Lantern Ghost Storywalk at 9pm on Sunday the 20th.
Performance – A range of classic and archive films are being shown throughout the festival, courtesy of St Ives Arts Club and Porthmeor Studios. There are plenty of live performances as well, including a Miniature Victorian Paper Theatre performance of Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Cornish Horror’, courtesy of Shanty’s Theatre on Tuesday the 22nd.
Food & Drink – Many of the local pubs will be hosting free entertainment, giving you the perfect excuse to go in and sample some fresh local produce at the same time. You can enjoy a fine seafood experience along the harbour front in one of the town’s prestigious restaurants, or grab a bite from the many street vendors.
How to buy tickets
Tickets for most of the events can be brought in advance. You can get the majority of tickets online at the festival website, from the St Ives Visitor and Information Centre, or from the tourist information offices in:
- St Austell
- St Mawes
Some events require tickets to be purchased on the day, and you can purchase tickets on the door for many of the events, provided they are not already sold out. The festival website has detailed information on how to get hold of tickets for the event or events you are interested in.