The Bromsgrove Festival was founded over fifty years ago and has a proud history providing an exciting cultual and artistic experience for the people of Bromsgrove and the West Midlands.

The Festival was revitalised in 2014 in a new more community based format and proved an overwhelming success, thanks to the enthusiasm and support of the many local groups which joined in with the idea of working together for the community under the umbrella of a Festival. With over 70 events during the five week period,there was something for everyone under the theme of 'Try Something New' including music, dance and theatre performances by local and professional groups.  Art, craft and country shows, poetry reading and opera also featured alongside top names from the folk scene,TV, theatre and classical music world.  A bustling Carnival Weekend, Court Leet procession and many performances and activities given by and involving children gave something for everyone, culminating in a spectacular aerial drumming display as a fantastic finale.

Lots of people really did 'Try Something New', and many events saw increased audiences, which has resulted in the formula being repeated for 2015, incorporating many new ideas and an even wider range of activities.

The 2015 Bromsgrove Festival will run from 13th June until 19th July 2015 and already promises a bigger and more diverse programme than in 2014.

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Thursday 22nd January 2015

Partnership with Bromsgrove District Council

At its meeting today the Trustees of the Festival agreed to enter in to a working partnership with Bromsgrove District Council principally to deliver high quality events on the newly refurbished Bromsgrove high Street on each of the six Saturdays during the Festival period. The Festival organisation welcomes this and will work with Council officers to put on a range of events that will be engaging to all age groups and should attact visitors to the town centre.

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Open Meeting to discuss 2015 Bromsgrove Festival

An open meeting to discuss the possible programme of the 2015 Bromsgrove Festive was held by the Festival organisers this evening at the Methodist Hall, Stratford Road, Bromsgrove. Attended by about 50 people, feedback on the 2014 Festival was almost universally favourable; the event was deemed a great success. In an open discussion, attendees gave the organisers a number of very useful suggestions for the format and programme of the 2015 Festival.

Sunday 20th July 2014

2014 Bromsgrove Festival closes on a High Note

The 2014 Bromsgrove Festival finshed today on a high note at a concert given by the Orchestra of St John, conducted by Richard Jenkinson, at St John's Church Bromsgrove. This brought to a conclusion a five week period of well attended exciting events, which included music, opera, drama,poetry and a number of art and craft exhibitions.

June 14th 2014

2014 Bromsgrove Festival opened by Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport

The 2014 Bromsgrove Festival was opened by Bromsgrove MP and Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP, at an Opening Gala event at Artrix. The opening Gala was attended by many guests and a number of acts in the show gave a foretaste of the exciting programme to follow during the Festival.

May 31st 2014

Festival to be opened by Secretary of State for Culture

We are delighted to announce that Bromsgrove Festival 2014 will be opened on June 14th by the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid. Bromsgrove's MP will attend the Opening Gala event at Artrix and say a few words following the reception.

You can buy tickets for the Opening Gala from Artrix website here Entry includes a drink, refreshments, a full showcase performance compered by members of Madcap Theatre and featuring All and Sundry, Bromsgrove Operatic Society, The Orchestra of St John, Bromsgrove Folk and more. The evening rounds off with live music and dancing in the marquee.

May 12th 2014

A Packed Programme!

Our brightly coloured new printed programme has hit the streets and you can pick one up from Artrix, Bromsgrove and Catshill Libraries, Avoncroft Museum and many more public venues. The most up to date listings will be on the website but it's useful to have the printed programme to hand to help you plan the events you'll be attending.

Thanks to our supporters.

We are grateful to all the companies which took out advertisements in the programme and all those patrons and friends who have supported us. If you are able to donate or make an ongoing commitment, you can find out more by going to the 'Support Us' page listed in the menu bar above.

March 5th 2014

Deadline for Entry to Festival 2014

Many organisations have entered their events into this year's Festival and we have over 50 events taking place! If you still want to enter an event, you have until the end of March to get your entry pro forma back to us. If you need more details or a pro forma to fill in, then do get in touch! Full details of all events including how and where to book tickets will be available on the website after March 31st. The free brochure will be available from community venues like Artrix and Bromsgrove Library at the end of April. You'll see that we now do have booking numbers on some listings in our Programme Calendar here

10th January 2014

Artrix New Generation Festival Launches!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the children and young people's aspect of Bromsgrove Festival. Led by the Education and Outreach department of Bromsgrove's own Artrix Arts Centre, the New Gen Fest will offer creative opportunities for youngsters across the district. Follow updates on Twitter @NewGenFest or email outreach@artrix.co.uk for more details.

1st January 2014

Happy New Year!

The Bromsgrove Festival committee wishes all its supporters a productive and creative 2014. We're so excited about this year's festival. 

30th December 2013

Bromsgrove Festival Programme Goes Live

You can now take a look at how the Festival for 2014 is shaping up here. If you are organising an event which you think should be part of the Bromsgrove Festival 2014, then please get in touch! This is an ever-increasing calendar and will be updated regularly so do check back to see what else will be happening. 

Advertise in the Bromsgrove Festival 2014 Brochure

Early in 2014 we will be approaching local businesses to offer advertising space in our 2014 Festival Brochure which will have a wide free distribution across the Bromsgrove area, so spread the message to any and all business associates you may have locally. More details soon.

27th November 2013

Entries to Bromsgrove Festival 2014

Bromsgrove Festival 2014 runs from 14th June- 20th July inclusive. If you are a group, organisation or venue associated with Bromsgrove and would like your event to be featured in our brochure, then please get in touch.  If you have an idea for an event but need a venue or if you represent a venue that would like to host an event, please contact us as we may be able to put venues and groups in touch. At this time, the Festival is unable to offer financial support but all events within the Festival will be featured in the widely distributed brochure, on the website and in related publicity and promotions. Artrix Arts Centre can manage ticketing and Box Office should your organisation wish to outsource this. 

More details of what Bromsgrove Festival can offer participating organisations will follow shortly.

24th November 2013

Emails going astray

We have been informed that some messages from our email address info@bromsgrovefestival.co.uk are ending up in recipients' JUNK folders. Please check your settings and ensure that this address is added to your 'safe senders' list.