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Bicester Festival 2019

20 to 22 September
Garth Park, Bicester
The Garth, Launton Road
Bicester
OX26 6PS

Bicester Festival 2019 - Garth Park, Bicester Town Centre

About the Bicester Festival 2019

The Bicester Festival returns for its second year of Creating, Making and Taking Part in the Arts. This year’s festival theme is ‘Earth – Gaining Ground’ in a celebration of Bicester identity, roots and growth and it will be taking place in and around the town centre over 3 days.

The Bicester Festival returns for its second year of Creating, Making and Taking Part in the Arts. This year’s festival theme is ‘Earth – Gaining Ground’ in a celebration of Bicester identity, roots and growth and it will be taking place in and around the town centre over 3 days.

The arts festival officially kicks off on the evening of Friday 20 September, but fringe events are planned for Thursday 19 September. These include an age-friendly pop-up event at Bicester Library and a preview of an exhibition displaying work by local artists, being held at OYAP throughout the festival run.

The main launch of the Bicester Festival will take place on Friday 20 September, when Garth Park is transformed into an open-air cinema. The audience will be encouraged to join in with a special sing-along version of The Greatest Showman (tickets cost £5 per person or £10 per family of four).

On Saturday 21 September, the Market Square will be alive with performances from local artists, set to draw in the crowds on Bicester’s Best stage. The Market Square will also be the culmination of a parade through the town centre on Saturday afternoon involving community groups and arts organisation Festive Road, with a procession of magical, moving, giant puppets.

For the younger audiences, there’s an invitation to join Commotion Dance on Saturday for two free shows at Garth Park. They will introduce youngsters to two very different characters on a messy movement adventure to discover why it’s important to help things grow.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the team behind Bicester’s Big Lunch, One Bicester, are hosting an artisan food and craft market on Sheep Street, while historians at St Edburg’s Church are presenting a ‘Then and Now’ exhibition, with guided walks introducing visitors to Bicester’s undiscovered heritage.

As the sun sets, Garth Park will again be the venue for another ticketed event on Saturday evening. “Roots, Rock and a whole lot of Brass” features Oxfordshire’s Bluegrass duo Barney Newman and Tim Sole, supporting the nine-strong Riot Jazz brass band. (Tickets cost £10 per person or £25 per family of four).

On Sunday, the attention turns to OYAP’s Studi02 to celebrate Earth Day and the closing of the festival. Guests are invited to ‘have-a-go’ workshops with local artists and watch street theatre group Electric Cabaret.

Tickets for Bicester Festival 2019 can also be purchased online or at Coles Bookshop on Crown Walk in Bicester.