The Swaledale Festival has a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its programme and performers, distinctive mix of genres, commitment to new music and art, and comprehensive community and schools involvement. It has a distinctive rural and community character, with events mainly taking place in churches and village halls in the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. The core music programme is supported by visual arts, drama, poetry, comedy, film, dance, talks and guided walks.
Maggio all’Infanzia is a multidisciplinary, arts and theatre festival that has been in operation since 1997. Its aim is not simply to be a festival for childhood, but also to be a festival of childhood, rediscovering the creativity of childhood and its hunger to discover. The 2017 edition took place first in Bari, with the focus on children’s theatre, and then in Naples, where the theme was schools. Workshops, training sessions, debates and shows involved children, teachers and parents.
Despite only starting in 2011, the international early music festival Pavia Barocca has quickly established itself as a high-quality showcase for the performance of baroque and classical repertoire on period instruments. Besides the resident group Ghislieri Choir and Consort, the festival welcomes groups and soloists of international renown and pays special attention to the rediscovery of ancient masterpieces, with numerous modern-day revivals, to fulfil its belief that music nurtures the soul.