Ely Arts Festival 2022 Programme Launched

11th April 2022

We’re delighted to present the Ely Arts Festival 2022! Join us from 17th June - 1st July for a varied programme of events for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include professional theatre company Impromptu Shakespeare, who present an improvised Shakespeare play in The Maltings and our ‘Jubilee Jamboree’ family day in Jubilee Gardens. This is a free day of music, theatre and art with food vans.

We’re excited to have received a grant from the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund from Arts Council England to support parts of the festival including a ceramic Lion trail across the city documenting the reign of Elizabeth II and #Picture Ely, a day of art on the market square.

The festival culminates with ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, a community celebration in Ely Cathedral on 1st July. It will feature 300 local school children singing animal-themed music, including medleys from The Lion King and Jungle Book and music by Saint Saëns, Mancini with a live orchestra and professional soloists. The concert will begin with a colourful carnival parade down the nave with school children wearing animal head-dresses created in workshops provided by the festival.

We look forward to welcoming you in June and bringing exciting arts events to Ely!