Promoting the borough, by showcasing its arts and cultural organisations alongside the wealth of community organisations engaged in a broad range of cultural pursuits. The festival highlights some of the unique borough locations, highlighting its history, cultural facilities and its outstanding green spaces.
Basingstoke Festival is an annual arts festival designed to showcase the best of the arts locally, nationally and internationally. From music to dance, visual art to theatre, the festival aims to help audiences and those wishing to take part discover art in the most unusual places. The festival is produced by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and hosts a variety of outdoor as well as site-specific work.
Why we joined Without Walls
For Basingstoke Festival, it’s about being part of an internationally recognised collective of artists and festivals, improving profile, connections and opportunities.
The Touring Partnership Network not only fosters collaborations between partners but also offers staff development opportunities. The ability to bring the best in outdoor work to Basingstoke improves our festival programme, offering audiences better experiences and supports the council’s aspirations to enrich lives through arts and culture.
The Basingstoke Festival team
Ross Harvie and Donna Makins from the council’s Culture team produce and curate the festival in partnership with local cultural organisations.
Collectively Donna and Ross have produced and curated the last 3 festivals and have 30 years’ experience of combined arts programming and producing.
Events at Basingstoke Festival
The aim of the festival is to encourage both residents of Basingstoke and visitors to the borough to be more curious about the arts, engaging those who would not normally think they were interested in cultural experiences.
With the theme of ‘Art in Unusual Places’, we aim to surprise and delight with high-quality arts encounters and meaningful participatory events.
What do audiences think?
Audiences at events held in 2019 said:
“So wonderful to see this! I’ve told all my friends to come tomorrow!”
“I wondered what was happening – thrilled I got to see it!”
“Wow Basingstoke! This is the best thing we have ever seen in the town centre!”
“I think the arts team in Basingstoke do an exceptional job of providing a wide range of entertainment for the public which is of high quality”