Project information

Festival at Fifty

The Festival at Fifty campaign will bring new experiences to inspire our audiences by:
• Making global connections with international programming
• Transforming people and places through art of all kinds
• Working with artists to create new art

August 2015 - July 2016

Charity information

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival logo
  • Need


    The arts can transform people’s lives but funding challenges facing arts organisations put this opportunity at risk. By programming international work, transforming people and places through art of all kinds and commissioning new work, the Festival can provide artists and audiences with an experience that is unique in quality, range and impact, both embedded in our community and connected to the world around us.


    The Festival at Fifty campaign will build a secure base to ensure that the Festival is able to research, plan, deliver and celebrate an artistic programme that thrives on these three strands. This will enable the Festival to break new artistic ground each year, place work in a variety of spaces, explore the relationship between artists and audiences and engage a greater number of people across the full range of art forms and thus transform more lives through art.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    • Making global connections with international programming


    » The Festival will bring the finest artists from around the world to Salisbury, presenting them in engaging ways that reach a broad audience.

    The Festival will have helped to expand our understanding of the world through an experience of, an interaction with, and a reflection on international arts and culture

    Aim 2

    • Transforming People and Places through art of all kinds


    » The Festival will offer a growing audience a broad range of experiences that energise and transform the way we view the world in which we live.

    The Festival will have helped more people to experience familiar places in new ways and expanded our appreciation of the world through meaningful, memorable experiences of the arts

    Aim 3

    • Working with artists to create new art


    » The Festival will provide opportunities for artists to develop and showcase new work, using the unique nature of the region to inform this process.

    The Festival will have helped artists to develop new work by offering time and funding to explore new ideas, expertise where required and the opportunity to showcase the work

  • Impact


    The Festival has a deep impact through its ability to change us by transforming the way in which we see the world and the place we live. Each year we will provide opportunities for artists to develop and showcase new work, we will increase our audiences by offering a broad range of art forms in both established venues and new spaces.We will expand our engagement with a diverse range of people, including young people through our Learning and Participation work.


    A wide range of artistic, logistical and financial risks accompany any programme based on this approach. The Festival will mitigate this risk by careful planning on a project-to-project level and a detailed cross-organisational risk assessment for the whole organisation that is revisited at regular intervals.


    We will keep donors updated through a regular newsletter and produce a report at the end of the Festival highlighting the key achievements in the three areas. In addition we will ensure that donors experience what the Festival has to offer across the three areas.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £108,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Making global connections Programming international work
      £10,000 Transforming people and places Transforming places to make them viable as creative spaces
      £23,000 Transforming people L&P projects - engaging disadvantaged young people in arts activities
      £25,000 Commissioning new work Opportunities for artists to develop and showcase new work

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sustaining and Creative Donor Schemes £20,400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Salisbury and the surrounding area enjoys a rich tradition of arts and the Festival is a key part of this. Since 1973, over a million people have enjoyed outstanding performances of theatre, dance, circus, film and every kind of music, plus literary events and the visual arts. From mid-May to early June each year, the beautiful and historic city of Salisbury is transformed as people flock to the Festival, enjoying both ticketed events and free performances.


    The Festival presents world-class artistic experiences in Salisbury and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside that entertain and inspire, transform people and places and celebrate our unique region with the widest possible audience. It creates opportunities for local communities to come together to be moved, inspired and entertained, makes new artistic work that responds to the region’s unique spaces and places and seeks to inspire people to explore and express their own creativity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Salisbury International Arts Festival has been running a festival each year since 1973 and in that time has expanded its offering, engaged an increasing audience across a broad base of the region's population. It has developed strong local relationships, as well as national and international standing which help ensure the Festival is a success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Toby Smith

    Toby is the current Festival Director, responsible for programming the Festival and ensuring the organisation delivers a world-class event.

    Helen Keall

    Helen is the Festival General Manager, overseeing the running of both the organisation and the annual Festival.

    Alison Pascalidis

    Alison is the Development Manager, responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the Festival.