Learning and Participation

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival has provided thousands of people with the chance to get involved and engaged in the arts. We have a track record of running exciting targeted projects and wonderful workshops for everyone to enjoy. We have worked with groups including Young Carers, Youth Groups, college students, schools, children in care, pre-schools, care homes, volunteers and emerging artists. 

During 2018 Salisbury Festival will take a year-long break, before returning in 2019. For the time being please direct all enquiries about the Salisbury International Arts Festival to festivalenquiries@salisburyplayhouse.com. Thank you.

2017 Highlights

Partner Schools

Sarum Academy has been Salisbury Festival’s partner secondary school since 2015. Sarum Academy, located on Bemerton Heath, is the only school in Salisbury that is fully comprehensive, co-educational and has a sixth form.  Our partnership with the Academy has enabled pupils to engage in a range of Festival events and special projects each year. In 2016 we arranged for world-famous author Witi Ihimaera to visit Sarum Academy to speak to Year 8 pupils and to deliver a series of creative writing workshops.  Pupils from Year 10 and Year 12 took part in our long-standing Young Reviewers programme.  We gave them a workshop with a journalist, free tickets to Festival events and an opportunity to have their reviews published on our Festival blog.

Tidworth Military Families Orchestra

Working with musicians from the BSO, military families in Tidworth came together to create an unforgettable performance as part of the 2017 Festival. In the beautiful setting of Salisbury Cathedral, the amatuer musicians put on an exciting programme of live classical and contemporary music for a sold-out and very enthusiastic audience! 

Animating the Archives

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Salisbury Festival teamed up with Salisbury Cathedral to develop an unusual opportunity for a range of community groups, each working with a different artist, to explore and be inspired by the incredible collection of materials held in the Cathedral library and archive. To find out more about Animating the Archives and the outcomes of the project, visit www.animatingthearchives.co.uk

Festival at the Hospital

We were delighted to work with Elevate to bring a taste of this year’s Festival to staff and patients at Salisbury District Hospital.  The programme included a live performance in Horatio’s Garden, workshops on the children’s ward, and a special broadcast of part of Clare Teal’s Festival concert to every bedside TV in the hospital. This work was supported by a grant from Wiltshire Music Connect and generous donations from our ticket buyers.


Take a look at our 2016 Learning and Participation film here

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