2019 sees key anniversaries of two momentous occasions in history: the first Moon landings in 1969, and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. It's these themes that the Salisbury International Arts Festival marks with more than 120 related events over 16 days.
Guest Festival Director Jonathan Dove is one of our leading contemporary composers and several of his works will be performed during the Festival, including two new commissions: Moon Songs, with words by Alasdair Middleton, performed by Wiltshire school children in Salisbury Cathedral, and Vertue, a setting of words by George Herbert performed by a capella favourites Voces8.
Central to the Festival will be a dramatic installation inside Salisbury Cathedral. Luke Jerram’s Gaia is a huge, seven-metre wide sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface which will be displayed under the spire crossing in the Cathedral.
When the Festival's on
The festival runs from 24 May to 9 June, with events spanning the whole 16 days. For the full list of events and what days they're on, visit Wiltshire Creative.
With fantastic events across the city, getting to Salisbury International Arts Festival by train is easy. Book in advance for cheap train travel to Salisbury – it’s less than 90 minutes from Waterloo – and from Salisbury train station it’s a 15 minute walk to the city centre. Alternatively you can get a bus from outside the station, or use the taxi rank.
What to expect