About Oxford Festival of Arts 2022
The Oxford Festival of Arts 2022 (OFA22) will be back in venues across Oxford this year, with events running from 24 June to 25 July.
This year, go “Around the World in 80 Ways” with Art and Artefacts, including the phenomenal GAIA by Luke Jerram at University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Music with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, and the Julian Joseph Trio.
There also the ever-popular Comedy Night with Phil Wang, Rosie Jones and Sara Barron, An Evening With… featuring special guests such as Brian Blessed and the mouth painter Henry Fraser, speakers including Janina Ramirez, Sally Wainwright and former PM Theresa May, and a special section of the festival called Your City… Your Festival.
And for the first time, the festival will be hosting the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in a spectacular production of Julius Caesar.
Much of the festival will take place in the Festival Marquee on the grounds of Magdalen College School (MCS), with events also taking place across the city at locations such as Christ Church Cathedral, Sheldonian Theatre, and SJE Arts Oxford.
About the festival
The Oxford Festival of the Arts is a month long celebration of arts and culture with a vibrant mix of music, art, dance, theatre, big-name speakers and more. It was founded by Magdalen College School and the first festival took place in 2009.
Events take place across the city each summer, from the third week of June onwards, attracting nationally and internationally renowned performers and artists, as well as exciting newcomers and home-grown talent.
Through its many cultural partnerships, the festival is able to make use of the buildings, open spaces, and performance venues that the beautiful city of Oxford has to offer.
The festival’s mission is to offer a broad programme of performances, events, and experiences embracing music; classical, contemporary and new, theatre, visual art, film, dance, comedy, and literature.
The festival celebrates Oxford’s diverse communities and offers something for everyone, whatever their age, background or artistic experience, and the school remains the lead sponsor and greatest supporter of the festival.