Thirty-eight years after its debut, the St Ives September festival is still one of the most popular and diverse cultural experiences in Cornwall. This year, the festival runs from Saturday 10th to Saturday 24th September, and boasts a huge line-up of acts and events. Music, theatre, poetry, art exhibitions and a whole host of other unmissable experiences are on offer over the course of two weeks, making this a festival unlike any other.
What’s Going On?
With over 200 events it would certainly be a task to list them all, so instead we’ll give you a little taste of what’s on offer. For the full line-up, a downloadable programme is available from the September Festival website.
Music – This year, the festival is offering a wide range of music acts to suit all tastes. From classical to jazz, it’s all there. With appearances from Rick Wakeman, Sound of the Sirens and Baka Beyond, there is certainly enough going on in just this area to fill up your two weeks. There are also a few open mic nights scattered around if you’d like to showcase your own talents.
Art – St Ives is the perfect opportunity for local artists to open up their studios and let the world enjoy their work, so keep your eyes open for some un-discovered masterpieces! There are also exhibitions held at allocated venues, such as Salthouse Gallery and The Mariners & Crypt Gallery. If you’re a little more hands on, there are plenty of art workshops for you to get stuck into as well!
Performance – There are a number of performances taking place across the festival, from talks on art and history to cabaret and poetry readings. Head to St Ives Art Club for an extensive range of performances including a play written by George Yates and a talk from artist Torsten Lauschmann. A number of films will also be shown throughout the festival, so make sure you don’t miss out if you’re a lover of the silver screen.
Workshops – Workshops will be taking place across the two weeks, giving you the perfect opportunity to let out some of your own creativity. They range from painting with watercolours with artist Nicola Higgins to a poetry workshop with Daphne Miller. Get to grips with your own talent whilst under the guidance of some of the best tutors you can get.
How to Get Tickets
As long as they’re not sold out, many tickets can be purchased at the door of the events. However, if you don’t want to run the risk of missing out on your favourites, tickets can be booked online at the Cornish Riviera Box Office website. They can also be purchased directly from St Ives Visitor & Information Centre, The Heartlands Pool Redruth, Portscatho Post Office, ‘Bookends’ Fowey and from the following tourist offices and information centres:
- St Mawes
- St Austell
If you’re keen on culture, art, and music the St Ives September Festival is definitely not one to miss! Head to Cornwall for two weeks of creativity and un-censored talent, and be inspired by all that’s on offer.