Festivals & Events

We support, invest in and advocate for the city’s cultural festivals & events.

Our aim is to connect and grow the offer for audiences, across the city and throughout the year.

We work with a range of partners to pool resources, share creative ideas and co-commission activity.  Here are some of these projects:

Of Earth And Sky

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In Summer & Autumn 2020, Gloucester’s outdoor spaces and heritage sites were transformed with the words of local poets.

Of Earth And Sky, curated by Luke Jerram and JPDL, created parks, streets and city places come alive with words, lyrics and poems written by the residents of Gloucestershire.
Curated by international artist Luke Jerram, the large scale letters and stencilled art works will enable people to discover hidden places of Gloucester, connect with the stories and interact with the artworks across the city.

Mon 24 August – Sun 1 November 2020

Find out more at ofearthandsky.co.uk
Follow @OfEarthAndSky on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Of Earth And Sky is a brand new artwork by Luke Jerram, brought to life through the thoughts and feeling of Gloucestershire residents. It follows the successful From Earth to Moon season in 2019 involving the Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation at Gloucester Cathedral.

Earth To Moon

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A city-wide season of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. We are connecting organisations taking part and helping them collectively promote the events.
In June, Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ (a 7m diameter sculpture of planet Earth) took residence at Llanthony Secunda Priory. ‘Museum of the Moon’ by Luke Jerram took ‘space’ in the Nave of Gloucester Cathedral in October & November. This is part of the Strike A Light season and accompanied by a programme of performances & activities.
Click here to view the full ‘Earth to Moon programme

Gloucester Rooftop Festival

Photo of performers at Rooftop Festival 2019

A unique festival which transforms the rooftop of Eastgate car park to a weekend of music & performance with food, drinks & deck chairs! We work with Strike A Light, The Music Works and Gloucester Guildhall to bring together new collaborations between local and national artists. The festival has been running for two years and will return in Summer 2020.
Click here to visit to Gloucester Rooftop Festival website

King’s Jam Festival

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We’re investing in King’s Jam Festival, an annual weekend celebration of hip hop and urban culture highlighting Gloucester’s talent in music, dance and art. It aims to engage a local and national audience to support the emerging local talent by enabling them to have a platform to perform on stage amongst professional artists.
King’s Jam is a community-run festival led by The Music Works in collaboration with Your Next Move with funding from Arts Council EnglandHeritage Lottery Fund and Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of the Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange and Great Place.

Gloucester Carnival

Gloucester Carnival is a community based procession through the streets of Gloucester. With opportunities for communities, businesses, organisations and individuals to get involved. The Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership supports diverse, community groups to take part in creative activity throughout the year, who then take part in the summer Carnival.
Click here to visit the Gloucester Carnival Facebook page

Gloucester History Festival

We’re investing in a major growth festival for the city. Gloucester is well renowned for its rich history, heritage and culture. The festival encompasses a wide programme of talks, workshops, performances and tours of historic buildings, which are often closed to the general public. The aim of the festival is to engage all members of the local community with it’s City’s heritage.

Gloucester’s Winter offer

We’re working with partners to develop a brilliant, unique and high-quality winter offer for the city.  This year it’s all about Pinocchio!  Here’s what’s coming up:

  • Pinocchio themed Lantern Procession, 17 November
  • Pinocchio show at Gloucester Guildhall, 5 December 2019 – 4 January 2020

Photo of Young Producers, 2019

Talent Development

Festivals and events are nothing without the creative talent on stage and behind-the-scenes that make them happen. We’re supporting the growth of Gloucester’s scene in many ways:

Innovation Fund
Providing grants between £500-£1500 to independent artists and creatives to try out new ideas and create new works alongside existing festivals & events. 

Creative Bursaries
Providing grants of up to £250 for young people to attend workshops, training & events to help develop their creative careers. 
Click here to find out more and apply.

Young Producers & Promoters scheme
We are working with Strike A Light festival to help develop the next generation of producers and promoters.  10 young people took part in the first course in 2019, and we’re pleased to be running the same course for another two years. 

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