Just one combination of shows and performances in the 2018 Buxton International Festival. All the details and tickets can be bought at The Buxton International Festival website and the Buxton Festival Fringe website
6th July 2018
19:30 Opening Night Gala
Favourite songs from Bernstein, Bizet, Berlin and Broadway
7th July 2018
10:00 – 15:00 Fringe on the Market, Free (fringe event)
Fit Up Productions are bringing Fringe to the market! They will be performing fantastic street/circus shows on their fabulous outdoor stage. There will also be the Fringe’s finest performing their work!
10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition: The Derbyshire Open 2018, Free (fringe event)
Each year we invite professional and amateur artists to submit work that illustrates why the county is special to them. The resulting exhibition is now in its 36th year and is the highlight of our summer programme. Sponsored by Tarmac and the Friends of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
19:15 Opera: Alzira
Verdi’s Alzira conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director Stephen Barlow, and directed by internationally celebrated Verdi specialist Elijah Moshinsky. Alzira is set in 16th century Peru, where the love affair between two Peruvian natives, Zamoro and Alzira, is set against a fight for independence by the tribesmen against the Spanish rule of the conquistadors. Alzira is very rarely performed. It is thoroughly exhilarating and shows Verdi full of the inspiration of youth and innovation, making it ripe for revival in the perfect setting of Buxton’s modestly proportioned Opera House.
8th July 2018
12:00 – 13:00 David Cannadine
Historian David Cannadine takes a look at the British nineteenth century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice – an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one, with revolutions in transport, communication and work, cities growing vast; and scientific ideas making the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was a country which saw itself at the summit of the world. And yet David, a professor at both Oxford and Princeton universities, will say it was a society also convulsed by doubt, fear and introspection – a time at once strangely familiar and yet wholly unlike our own.
15:00 – 18:00 Kabuntu
A five-piece string group hailing from Manchester, Kabantu unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet. ‘Kabantu’ means ‘of the people’. This stems from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. Using a collaborative and creative process, Kabantu defy genre and embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe. They have performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3 and an array of prestigious festivals and venues across the UK.
19:30 – 20:25 The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (fringe event)
When Holmes unknowingly murders his client, the game is on to catch the criminal! But are Watson’s rent and Moriarty’s thirst for detective fiction manipulating events? Expect hilarity, satire, metafiction and plot twists galore! Sell-out show at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes
Underground at the Arts Centre Studio