23 June – 15 July 2013
“London’s premier music festival” – Evening Standard
Since its inauguration in 1962, the City of London Festival has been animating the City, bringing the Square Mile’s monumental architecture, wealth of buildings, outdoor spaces, and ancient streets to life with a rich and extraordinary programme of music, performance, events and installations. Ranked among the world’s leading cultural celebrations, City of London Festival is one of the UK’s most significant and highly regarded artistic platforms featuring a dazzling array of luminaries from across the worlds of music, dance, visual art and street performance. Inspired by the history of the City and its communities it has built a reputation for innovative programming, showcasing newly discovered and world-class artists, championing new work and presenting contemporary collaborations in beautiful surroundings.
For half a century the Festival has connected the communities of the City with the world’s most acclaimed musicians and performers, enlivening the City, its inhabitants and visitors through culture. The alumni of contributing artists over the Festival’s lifetime reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s most accomplished artists, featuring the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Willard White, Yehudi Menuhin and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf to name only a few.
The 2013 Festival – Director Ian Ritchie’s final Festival after eight years at the helm – will build on previous years’ successes with a challenging and thought-provoking programme built upon three main interlocking themes: Conflict and resolution, City walls and Trees. Using these themes as a platform, the Festival will reflect on significant historical landmark anniversaries, including the 400-year relationship between the City of London and Derry~Londonderry, the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht and the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten – one of Britain’s most important composers.
“Super fresh, with events as diverse as the capital itself” – Sunday Times