Chiltern Arts Festival

Winter Warmer: 2 to 4 March 2023

Festival: 13 to 20 May 2023

At the heart of Chiltern Arts is a commitment to excellence, opportunity and innovation, as well as a belief that the arts are central to the quality of life and should be accessible to all. Their aim is to inspire audiences, create new work, and create a community that adds to and supports the rich tapestry of culture in the local area.

Founded in 2017 to bring the highest-quality arts and music to the Chiltern Hills, Chiltern Arts runs an annual week-long festival in May and a short ‘Winter Warmer’ in March.

In 2023 Chiltern Arts are exploring themes that we can all relate to in our own, very personal ways – and themes which composers, poets, artists and other creatives have found powerful ways to express through their art since the beginning of humanity.

For centuries, humans have used artforms as a vehicle for communicating in a way that words alone can’t quite manage. For many, music in particular speaks in a way that not much else can. It is a universal language, used to convey joy, sadness, heartbreak, love — even to create an atmosphere, or provoke a reaction. So often the subtle messages hidden in music are written in such a way that each listener experiences something slightly different, and our own personal experiences are as important as those of the composer when writing, or the performer when playing.

So in 2023 discover love, loss and the passage of time in a variety of ways through Chiltern Arts’ usual array of different musical genres and top-quality artists.

As well as a programme of events, Chiltern Arts are once more running a poetry and art competition, this year focussing on the passage of time and timepieces themselves, with opportunities for writers and artists of all ages to take part. With a Shakespeare Discovery Day in High Wycombe featuring events for all the family, as well as a new event afloat on the Thames, there are lots of new things to discover this year.

There is also an exciting new partnership for 2023 with the Purcell School – and there will be performances and compositions from several of these talented young musicians throughout the season.

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