St Ives September Festival

This feast of Cornish Arts and Culture takes place in September. In 2013 it runs from the 14th to 28th of the month. Following tradition, flags are hoisted on Saturday 7th September to mark seven days until the start of the two week programme of arts and music events. The historic town of St Ives is home to the Tate Gallery and is a focal point for many Artists who have relocated to reside and work there.festival-performer_wstives-festival_musicSt-Ives-Festival-beach

The Festival itself has over 300 acts, throughout the days and nights – both paid for and free, it is the highlight of the season, making the beautiful town buzz with activity.

Folk stars Fairport Convention top the bill (which is now sold out) and rock tribute Livewire and The ZZ Tops, acts include west country favourites The Wurzels, enchanting Martha Tilston and “freak folk” bank Keltrix.

Also sold out is Show of Hands, who recently played on Lusty Glaze Beach in Cornwall on midsummer’s night – the folk duo is also performing at the Festival’s Patrons Night where they will present an informal, illustrated concert revealing how the west country and Cornwall in particular has influenced their music and careers.

Alongside stellar music acts, the Festival also features trips to take in the area including guided comedy walks and historical tours.

Celebrating St Ives’ artistic links, events include workshops in painting, sketching on Porthgwidden Beach, writing, painting and drawing workshops at the St Ives School of Painting as well as a 1930’s cocktail party to celebrate the school’s 75th birthday.

With an abundance of fantastic accommodation from country hotels to private family homes, not to mention its unique culture, Cornwall is increasingly appearing on the to-do list of foreign visitors.

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