Barnaby Festival has a reputation for blending high quality arts commissions and performances with community events and activities to inspire participation in heritage, contemporary art, science, innovation and debate.
We have hosted artists and producers with national and international profiles, including Hilary Jack, Owl Project, Liz West, Bedwyr Williams, Zarah Hussain and Liliane Lijn among others.
During the last ten years we have seen a number of gigs in unusual venues from musicians such as Peter Hook and the Light, James Taylor Quartet, John Bramwell and a special performance with Stephen Morris who performed with Tim Burgess, Jake Evans and poet Mike Garry with music arranged by composer Joe Duddell.
Our talks and debates have featured great conversations between Professor Brian Cox and Tim O’Brien and journalists Owen Jones and Nick Robinson.
The quality of work showcased at Barnaby Festival is recognised for exceeding expectations of a small town, as demonstrated by London Contemporary Art and LUMEN nominations for Matt Rosier, Zara Hussain and Sam Meech.
The festival depends on voluntary, collective effort and strong partnerships. We’ve worked with Jodrell Bank, National Trust, SHIFT and many others to commission and deliver live events and exhibitions.