Various venues in Oxford, Fri 21 June - Sun 7 July 2019
Taking over Oxford for the next two weeks the annual Oxford Festival of the Arts bring with it a heady roster of music, talk, dance, films and workshops offering something for everyone.
There are highlights in each of these areas, under the festival's theme of 'Connections'. Events kick off with Rhum and Clay's take on Dario Fo's Misero Buffo, following up the theatre companies powerful take on War of the Worlds, and a launch in Bonn Square with live music from the pop-up orchestra, Street Orchestra Live.
Then across the next two weeks there is a sprawling schedule of events to choose from. For the comedy-minded there's Jericho Comedy's Murder on the National Express, the (self-explanatory) Improvised Pirate's Tale, and a night with of comedy with Desiree Burch, Larry Dean and the Lost Voice Guy. Lumo Company and Alleyne Dance bring their latest dance pieces to the Old Fire Station, whilst there are exhibitions showing off art, photography and artefacts across the two weeks. Film is always a particular strength at the festival, with this year's selection including a pair of silent film masterpieces paired with a live organ (Metropolis and Nosferatu), as well as free open air screenings of Pixar's brilliant Coco and the romping delight of Shakespeare in Love.
Theatre treats include a trio of classic texts in the form of George Faquhar's The Recruting Officer, Aristophanes' The Frogs and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Music sees most genres covered from big band and jazz to classic musical and mardigals performed on punts. And with talks from speakers as varied as Rosie Millard (Arts Editor for The New Statesman), Dame Sarah Connolly (much-celebrated mezzo-soprano), Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and Prue Leith (The Great British Bake Off).
With all these events there is bound to be something to fit everyone's tastes.