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Line up for the 2019 Lichfield Festival is unveiled

The full line up for the 2019 Lichfield Festival has been unveiled.

This year’s event will take place at venues across the city from 5th to 13th July.

Headlining the opening night is BRIT award-winning singer KT Tunstall.

KT Tunstall

Other notable events and performers will include:

  • The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Vocal group Black Voices
  • Comedians Olga Koch and Andrew Maxwell
  • Folk artist Kathryn Tickell
  • BBC Young Musician 2018 Lauren Zhang.
  • A celebration of Ivor Novello hosted by TV star Russell Grant.
  • A series of space-themed events marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Newly-appointed Festival Director, Damian Thantrey, said: “I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of taking this thriving and extraordinary festival on into the next decade, especially with the 40th anniversary in 2021 fast approaching.”

The full programme is available online.

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12 Comments

  1. brian pretty

    11th April, 2019 at 10:49 am

    looks almost interesting but no jazz

  2. John Griffin

    11th April, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Ouch, from Brian Pretty!!!!!!

  3. Mark_My_Words

    12th April, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    With a theme “Farewell to Europe” I’ll be boycotting this #LichfieldBrexitFestival

  4. Lou

    12th April, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Our family have attended Lichfield Festival and my daughter has performed over the last few years. We have always enjoyed the variety and atmosphere. Why does the organiser think a ‘Farewell to Europe’ as the main theme to be appropriate whilst the country is divided over Brexit? My daughter doesn’t want to perform now and we will boycott the festival if this theme is implemented. Reading through social media, we are not the only ones. Please do not bring politics into our local fesivals. Whatever next? Will the Bower Queen be made to celebrate our departure from the EU too, draped in the Union Jack? If you insist on having a Brexit party, them please do so on a separate occassion and not during one of our well loved events that brings together the community.

    P.S we haven’t left yet….

  5. Andrew

    12th April, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Lou, I think you’re overreacting. I thought this was tongue in cheek theme and a fun commentary on our Brexit process. We haven’t left and probably we won’t leave, so cheer up a bit.

  6. Marianne Craddock

    13th April, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I agree with Lou -and I don’t think it’s possible to have a ‘fun commentary’ on the Brexit process which has been and continues to be hugely divisive and frightening for many – particularly other EU nationals living in the UK . Maybe it will encompass a serious introspective look at the failings of the democratic process with particular reference to referenda …or maybe it’s just Lichfield missing the new zeitgeist of the moment for a bit of gratuitous union flag waving …let’s see

  7. Philip Allso

    13th April, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Very strange that the Garrick is not hosting any of the performances. With all the sponsorship they are getting you would have thought they would be involved!?

  8. Mark_My_Words

    14th April, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Statement from the Festival organisers:

    “Several months ago, we decided to include “Farewell to Europe” as one of the themes of this year’s Festival. Historically, our Festival has acknowledged significant moments in history (for example, the centenary of women’s emancipation in 2018, and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings as second theme this July), and our intention with this theme was to celebrate European music and culture in a significant year. The title was meant only as a reference to a current event (at a time when we thought that the UK would be leaving the EU on the March 29th deadline) and was never intended as a political statement: farewells can be sad or happy, bitter or without rancour, depending on perspective.

    In light of the continued uncertainty as to the UK’s status within the EU, and in listening to the feedback we have received regarding the title, we have decided to withdraw the theme with immediate effect. In hindsight, we acknowledge that the title of the theme was open to misinterpretation, and that an alternative title, which better reflected our intentions, would have been more appropriate.

    We also apologise for any offence – none was intended.

    The Lichfield Festival”

  9. Rob

    14th April, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Are those complaining about the “Farewell to Europe” theme the same ones lamenting the lack of “compromise” by the people who won a straight remain/leave referendum?

  10. John Griffin

    15th April, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    No

  11. Darryl Godden

    15th April, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    One day Rob will come up with a cohesive argument.

    The infighting is predominantly between the hard-leave ERG and those MPs & leavers who don’t want to jump off a cliff. If there’s a disagreement among remainers it’s how quickly should we retract article 50.

  12. Flossy

    16th April, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Pity The Garrick is not featured not sure why? – but to now go to Abbotts Bromley for Welsh Ballet which sold well at The Garrick last year is not on!

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