Since its inception in 1966, Harrogate International Festivals has fired up hearts and minds, revolutionising the cultural landscape of the North Yorkshire spa town.
Our appeal to raise £1m is a critical part of the Festival’s vision to create a secure future for the charity. “Since 1966, the Harrogate International Festivals has played a central role in shaping the nation’s musical landscape, and Yorkshire is lucky to have such a respected and renowned event on its doorstep. I urge you to support it”. Lesley Garrett CBE.
A charitable organisation, our passion and ambition maintains our position as an arts organisation delivering Festivals of national importance and dramatically increasing the cultural opportunities for Harrogate and the wider region.
The Harrogate International Festivals is the Home of Festivals. Established as the Harrogate Festival of Arts & Science, our founder Clive Wilson believed that…
“The Festival must be seen as a developing thing, widening its scope and perhaps shifting its emphasis as the years go by”.
The Festivals has indeed evolved throughout the years having been at the forefront of classical music in the 60s, the vanguard of comedy and street theatre in the 80s and 90s to the breadth of festivals within our current portfolio.