We painted the town Barnaby!

Friday 15 June – Sunday 24 June

We had 10 fabulous days of art, music, theatre, talks, walks, debate, comedy and more. As always, the programme included a vibrant mix of artists and performers from both the local area and further afield plus a selection of well-known national names.

Lots of activities and events were free, with no need to book.

The Parade

The much-loved Barnaby Parade – included a spectacle of costume, colour and creativity as groups from across Macclesfield brought their interpretation of the Roots/Routes theme to the streets of the town.

Headline Acts

Comedy from Arthur Smith , insight and observation from Will Self , acid jazz funk from the James Taylor Quartet , and a rare chance to catch The Breath.

The Barnaby Beat Route

One evening, fourteen venues, more than 20 live music acts. And all were free! See the Beat Route programme to check out what was on where.

The Barnaby Big Weekend

On the first weekend of the Festival, Market Place came alive to the sounds and sights of the Barnaby Big Weekend. Free family-friendly events all day on Saturday and Sunday, with live music, street theatre, story telling, and activities ranging from parcour workshops to kaleidoscopic coding! During the evenings, the marquee in the churchyard was the place to be – live bands on Saturday night, and DJ sets on Sunday. Drinks from our very own Barnaby Tap, plus day-time food stalls.

The Visual Arts Trail

Twenty-five venues hosted visual art shows large and small, including Zarah Hussain’s mesmerising ‘Invisible Threads‘ installation at the Silk Museum.

Women’s Town

Events focussed on the female experience, inspired by Macclesfield’s reputation as ‘Women’s Town’ during its industrial peak. Included debate with former MP Edwina Currie, author Beatrix Campbell, activist Amina Lone, Professor Theresa Anderson, and the Guardian’s Frances Perraudin.