From the 21st May to the 5th June Salisbury will hold its second international arts festival, this year with a Russian theme.

The highlight of the Russian theme is a rare appearance by the Russian Patriarchate Choir, by candlelight, in Salisbury Cathedral, bringing an evening of Russian Orthodox music from the sixteenth century to today, including some of Rachmaninov’s Vespers.

Inspired by the theme of ‘stone’ and the question ‘If the stones could talk, what would they say?’, there is a UK début of Israeli theatre company Orto-Da with a UK première of ‘Stones’, in which six mime artists create a musical, surrealistic, comic living statue and tell us a powerful story.

Amongst many varied ticketed events such as those above, there are also plenty of free things to do for anyone visiting the area around this time. The opening evening features a runaway bandstand travelling around rather unpredictably with a crazy French band, Zic Zazou. There are also the street theatre days to view interesting and varied theatrical spectacles, view the list and dates at the web page here. And if these aren’t enough there is also the Play Day on 1st June from midday to 5pm, whereby children are encouraged to get messy and explore their creativity in a myriad of ways.

For further information on the festival and its events then visit the main website, and to look for cottages in the area, visit our main website here.