Oxford Festival of the Arts 2019

Two weeks of music, drama, talks films, dance, art, circus and comedy.
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.

Events

Oxford Festival of the Arts 2019

Two weeks of music, drama, talks films, dance, art, circus and comedy.
Various venues in Oxford
Next: Fri 21st June

Mistero Buffo

Rhum and Clay bring to the stage Dario Fo’s seminal master piece, Mistero Buffo.
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road Oxford
Next: Fri 21st June

Jericho Comedy

Live stand-up comedy.
Jericho Café
112 Walton Street Oxford
Next: Sat 22nd June

Ronnie Scott's Big Band

Jazz and Big Band.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sat 22nd June, 8 to 10pm
£25 (£20)

Festival Launch

Festival launch with music from pop-up orchestra, Street Orchestra Live.
Bonn Square, OX1 1EU
Sat 22nd June, 10am to 2pm
Free

The Orfeo Experience

Immersive opera of Orfeo's journey into the underworld.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 23rd June, 7.00pm
£25 (£20)

Mistero Buffo Workshop

Workshop on characterisation and the performance process.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 23rd June, 10am to 2pm
£2

The Art of the Vine

The French Art of producing Champagne and English sparkling wine.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 24th June, 8pm
£15 (£10)

Rowing Tasters

Beginner’s rowing lesson on the River Cherwell.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Next: Mon 24th June

Oxford Photography Group

Exhibition of work around the theme 'Connections'.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Next: Mon 24th June

Dr Catherine Oakes on Romanesque Art

Wine, Worship and Song – their influence on Cluniac art.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 24th June, 6pm
£2-10

String Stravaganza

With Magdalen College School's senior String Orchestra.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 24th June, 6 to 8pm
Free

Sophie Pedder & Jonathan Marcus

Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 24th June, 7pm
£2-10

Louis de Bernières

Critically acclaimed novelist.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Tue 25th June, 6pm
£2-10

Dr Justine Hopkins on John Ruskin

No wealth but life: the world and works of John Ruskin.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Tue 25th June, 8pm
£2-10

Murder on the National Express

Comedic murder mystery from the team that brought you Jericho Comedy, Stand-up History, The Show That Must Not Be Named and the Dragprov Revue.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Tue 25th June, 7 & 8.30pm
£12 (£10)

Dr David Starkey

History talk.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 26th June, 8pm
£2-10

Membra Jesu Nostri

Early music collective.
Magdalen College Chapel
Magdalen College High Street Oxford
Wed 26th June, 9pm
£12 (£10, £2)

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

Blenheim, Private and Public.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 26th June, 6pm
£2-10

Churchill Artefacts

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill guides through a selection of Churchill artefacts collected, and kindly lent to us by Blenheim Palace.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 26th June, 7.00pm
£2-10

The Oxford Union Debate

In partnership with Debating Matters and Battle of Ideas.
Oxford Union
Frewin Court
Thu 27th June, 4.45 & 7pm
£2-12

Elizabeth Kenny

Old and new music for the long-necked lute.
Thu 27th June, 7.30 to 9.15pm
£5-25

Magdalen College School Summer Art Exhibition

GCSE and A-­level students from Magdalen College School exhibit their recent art work.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Thu 27th June, 4 to 7pm
Free

Tom Piper

Performance design talk.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Thu 27th June, 6pm
£2-10

Ben Towers

Talk from 20 year old entrepreneur.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Fri 28th June, 6pm
£2-10

The Fairy Queen

Choral celebration of young people making music together with professional musicians.
Fri 28th June, 7.30pm
£2-8

AGBEKO

Eleven-piece afro-rock-funk-psych.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Fri 28th June, 8pm
£2-10

Mahan Esfahani and Sean Shibe

Vivaldi, J.S. Bach Trio Sonatas and Boccherini.
Sat 29th June, 7.30pm
£5-25

Introduction to Technical Theatre

Design workshop exploring lighting and sound. For 12 to 16 year olds.
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road Oxford
Sat 29th June, 10am to 1pm
£2

Musical Theatre Masterclass

Masterclass with the Artistic Director at Dundee Repertory Theatre.
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road Oxford
Sat 29th June, 2 to 5pm
£2

Pegasus Showcase

Showcase of work by young performers.
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road Oxford
Sat 29th June, 7.30pm
£5

An Improvised Pirate's Tale

Expect swashbuckling, sea shanties, mystical myths and more pirates than you can shake a peg leg at!
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 2 to 3pm
£5

Sandy's With Manouche Etcetera

Jazz and retro swing.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 7pm
£2-10

Under 10s Cricket Tournament

Come and watch teams of Oxfordshire’s finest young cricketers battle it out on the pitch.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 10am to 1pm
Free

Grass Tennis Tasters

The Magdalen College School Tennis Professional, David Tuck, will give coaching guidance and tips on how to improve your grass court game.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 12 & 1.30pm
£8

Family Jazz All Stars

Family Friendly jazz show.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 3 to 4pm
£5

ORA Singers

Programme of of Renaissance composers.
Sun 30th June, 7.30pm
£2-25

Jake Lynch

Talk on Restoration whodunits.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 1st July, 6pm
£2-10

Comedy Night

Featuring Lost Voice Guy, Desiree Burch and Larry Dean.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Mon 1st July, 8 to 10pm
£20 (£18)

Rosie Millard

Can culture be life changing?
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Tue 2nd July, 6pm
£2-10

Anton du Beke

Talk on Beke's life in dance and on being an author.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Tue 2nd July, 8pm
£2-10

The Juliet Letters

Performed by string quartet OXUS with Pam Pecko Smith.
Magdalen College Chapel
Magdalen College High Street Oxford
Tue 2nd July, 9pm
£2-12

The Frog

Open air production of Aristophanes' farce.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Next: Tue 2nd July

The Recruiting Officer

Open air production of George Farquhar's 18th century comedy.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Next: Tue 2nd July

Sam Warburton

Talk from former international rugby union player.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 3rd July, 8pm
£2-10

Frida

Operatic monodrama based on the live of Frida Kahlo.
Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building
St Hilda's College Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 3rd July, 8pm
£2-15

Dame Sarah Connolly

In conversation with Oxford Festival of the Arts Director, Dr Michelle Castelletti.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Wed 3rd July, 6pm
£2-10

Orchestra of St John's with Prue Leith

Prue Leith talks about her life and selects pieces performed by the Orchestra.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Thu 4th July, 8pm
£2-15

A Midsummer Night's Dream

MCS Drama present Shakespeare's comedy of amateur actors, fairies and lovers colliding in the woods.
Oxford Playhouse
11-12 Beaumont Street Oxford
Next: Thu 4th July

WireDo

Tightwire dancer, Hanna Moisala, tells a story of stepping out into the unknown.
The Old Fire Station
40 George Street Oxford
Thu 4th July, 7.30pm
£10-14

Jeffrey Archer

Talk from former MP and author.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Fri 5th July, 6pm
£2-10

Madrigals on the River

Concert of Madrigals performed from punts on the river.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Fri 5th July, 8pm
£2-15

A Night's Game

Alleyne Dance create a dark, atmospheric and abstract work.
The Old Fire Station
40 George Street Oxford
Sat 6th July, 7.30pm
£10-14

Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture

Dance workshop.
The Old Fire Station
40 George Street Oxford
Sat 6th July, 1 to 2.30pm
£10-14

The Final Flourish

Psalms of David with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and the Choir of Magdalen College.
Sun 7th July, 6pm
£2-25

Nosferatu [PG]

The original 1922 vampire horror with a live organ accompaniment.
Magdalen College Chapel
Magdalen College High Street Oxford
Mon 24th June, 9.00pm

Metropolis [PG]

Iconic silent cinema sci-fi with a live organ accompaniment.
Magdalen College Chapel
Magdalen College High Street Oxford
Mon 1st July, 9.00pm

Coco [PG]

Open air screening of charming tribute to Mexican culture.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Fri 28th June, 4.30pm

Reviews

Russell Bailey - An aspiring musician enters the Land of the Dead in charming tribute to Mexican culture.
I shouldn't have been surprised that Pixar's latest film almost made me cry. This is the studio that brought us the ten devastating minutes that is the 'Married Life' segment of Up. To add to this, ...

Edmond [TBC]

Comedic biopic of poet and dramatist Edmond Rostand. French with subt.
Tue 25th June, 6.00pm

Shakespeare in Love [15]

Historical romance: Shakespeare finds inspiration and romance in the company of a noble woman.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sun 30th June, 4.30pm

Ravel Opera Double Bill [TBC]

Open air screening of opera double from Glyndebourne.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sat 29th June, 7.30pm

Child Migrant Stories [TBC]

Three short films that explore stories of historic and contemporary child migration.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sat 29th June, 11.00am

Becoming a Dragon [TBC]

Short film following the players at the Mexico City Homeless World Cup in November 2018.
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place Oxford
Sat 29th June, 10.00am
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