From Friday 7th – Sunday 16th July, Frome will come alive with music, art and culture as the Frome Festival returns for its 22nd year. With over 200 events taking place across 10 days, the Festival aims to celebrate the best of Frome, with events and activities taking place in so many places and spaces across the town – from venues and galleries to pubs and parks.
Early headliners announced includes a stellar comedy line up starring Miles Jupp, big music acts including Asian Dub Foundation and fascinating talks featuring celebrated historian William Dalrymple, who will give this year’s annual Bob Morris lecture. Alongside regular fixtures of the Festival such as the Food Feast, Hidden Gardens and Open Art Trail, this year’s programme celebrates the creative life of local poet Crysse Morrison with the inaugural Festival Poetry Competition.
At the heart of the Festival is a programme of free and low-cost events generously supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. With accessible activity taking place every day of the Festival, more people than ever before will be able to experience the joys of live music, art, literature and theatre, as well as busy programme for families and younger children.
The Festival has always championed Frome’s thriving amateur arts groups, and this programme is no different with events run by Frome Writers Collective, Frome Drama Club and Frome Symphony Orchestra. This year’s Festival also features ‘Ring Out’ – a fascinating project exploring Frome’s churches and their bells, which has become the inspiration for this year’s brochure artwork designed by local illustrator Sholto Walker.
The full Frome Festival 2023 listings will go live in May 2023, with general booking launching later that month.