What's On | Expect the unexpected at this year’s Basingstoke Festival | Andover & VillagesDiscover ‘Art in Unexpected Places’ at this year’s Basingstoke Festival.

The theme for the seventh successive year of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council-run event ensures that you’ll uncover a wealth of talent in places you wouldn’t expect, from shops and businesses to libraries and parks across every corner of the borough. Be prepared to expect the unexpected!

The packed programme of over 100 diverse events contains something for everyone to join in with over the three weeks of the festival, which takes place from Friday 15 June to Sunday 8 July.

Basingstoke Festival will celebrate the heritage of the borough in addition to hosting the ‘Festival in the Community’ local event for a second year, helping to bring arts and performances to underused places. And there’s still time for groups across the borough to apply to host one of these events.

The borough council’s Deputy Leader, who is responsible for art and culture, Cllr Terri Reid said: “This year, the festival offers world class experiences including a performance by Rufus Wainwright and amazing street theatre to outdoor acts popping up in the most unexpected places! We are delighted to welcome the highly-acclaimed Stopgap Dance Company and the award-winning Ballet Cymru who will present a sparkling, refreshing ballet based on the classic fairy tale Cinderella – and this is just a sample of the incredible line-up we have this year.

“There will also be the usual ‘home-grown’ focus on local talent including artists, theatre practitioners, singers and musicians. We are delighted that once again we will be reaching out to every corner of the borough through the Festival in the Community programme, and we urge local residents to get in touch so that they can participate in the festival, which grows in size and popularity each year.”

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To find out more about holding a Festival in the Community event, contact Donna Makins by emailing festival@basingstoke.gov.uk or calling 01256 845238 before Friday 13 April 2018.