The beautiful Cornish town of St Ives is synonymous with sea, sand and sunshine. It is also a mecca for the arts, with artists of all fields having made a beeline for the resort since the mid-1800s. So combine the atypical British climate with the stunning scenery and the renowned respect shown to the artistic community, and you have the perfect backdrop for the St Ives September Festival.
Saturday 10th to 24th September will see St Ives host its annual festival, a true feast of culture and the arts. For fifteen days the town showcases the very best of art and literature, dance and music, theatre and poetry and more: an unparalleled eclectic mix. From concerts to readings, dance to walking tours, street performance to drop-in art classes, the St Ives September Festival is truly a family event with something for everyone – be it your favourite area of the arts or a variety you have yet to experience.
Visit some venues you have never before been to, or see some of the more familiar with fresh eyes: galleries, museums, art schools, gardens, beaches, churches, pubs, and more. With such a wide variety of locations in which to experience live performance in St Ives, the setting for each event perfectly showcases its unique offering.
Just one visit to the St Ives September Festival will make you realise why the town is such an artistic haven. Its microclimate brings mild and temperate days, filled with glorious light and atmosphere, bringing out the artistic side in almost everyone. The town welcomes both mainstream and lesser-known acts and performers and all are represented in the diverse festival programme. The festival was established in 1978 and almost 40 years on continues to surprise and delight with its vast line-up.
Such is the renown of the festival that it has attracted such names as Barbara Dickson, George Melly and Elkie Brooks and this year’s exceptional line-up is no less impressive: both Rick Wakeman and The Blockheads are billed to appear. The festival kicks off with The Fairport Convention on Saturday 10th and finishes with Baka Beyond on Saturday 24th, and the two weeks between offer every kind of music, art, literature and historical entertainment, as well as a plethora of other artistic genres.
Whether you are planning a trip to St Ives or are lucky enough to live nearby, the festival must be at the top of your to-do list this September. After being rapidly seduced by the beauty of St Ives, you will witness first-hand its allure for artists and performers and quickly feel part of the festival family. It is easy to see why the festival is deservedly growing in popularity: be sure to be part of this special and unique event.