The dates for the 2018 Festival
Friday 29 June – Sunday 15 July
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See some photographs from the 2017 events on the images page. Some videos too!
Our headline act this year was Ben Waters and his amazing Big Band – now an international star, this was a unique opportunity to see him in action in Hungerford and the evening proved to be a huge success.
Ben Waters is one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players. A career spanning 25 years working with such legends as The Rolling Stones, Shakin’ Stevens, PJ Harvey, Bobby Womack, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart – to name but a few! – has enabled Ben to hand-pick a band of fine musicians to join him in rocking audiences around the globe. See them in action in Hungerford on Saturday 15 July!
The Festival launched on Friday 30 June with the captivating cabaret chanteuse Lili la Scala and ended in party-style on Sunday 16 July with La La Piano Bar, where New York cool club meets Berlin cabaret. The programme also featured the Wessex Male Choir (who sang to a crowd of 84,000 at Wembley Stadium last year as part of the RBL Poppy Appeal), the acclaimed young Russian pianist Alexander Karpeyev, bluegrass band Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers, and flute-harp-cello combo Trio Sospiroso. Any Questions? chaired by Rirula Shah was broadcast from Hungerford as part of the Festival, while theatrical treats included a tribute to Stan Laurel by the Hi-de-Hi actor Jeffrey Holland, and The Watermill Theatre’s touring comedy Nesting.
With lots more music, talks, an exhibition by local artists, workshops, open gardens, guided walks and children’s activities, it’s been a busy but brilliant Festival!
Pictures from 2016 events are now available via the images page.
The Hungerford Arts Festival (HADCAF) is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by Hungerford Town Council, The Town and Manor of Hungerford, and Greenham Common Trust, together with sponsorship by local businesses and individuals whose generous help enables ticket prices to be kept as low as possible. Please see our 2016 list of sponsors here. Box office facilities are kindly provided by Newbury Building Society (Hungerford branch) and tickets are also available online.
If you would like to help out with the Festival or offer sponsorship, we would love to hear from you via the form on the CONTACT page.