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Bath Festival 2023 – Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University sponsors Bath Festival


Bath Spa University sponsors Bath Festival events

Thursday, 9 March, 2023

For the fifth year, Bath Spa University is proud to be a creative partner of Bath’s annual festival. As a sponsor, the University will support Bath Festival to produce a lineup of incredible performances, events, and lectures. 

Events will be held across the city, among the beautiful Georgian architecture. The festival is a celebration of music and literature, holding weight on both an international and local level, and aims to showcase the incredible effect the arts can have.

Together is better

As an official partner of Bath Festivals, Bath Spa University values the same creativity Bath Festival promotes. This year, the University will sponsor five events across the festival and over 100 students and staff will work as volunteers, on and off the stage in administration and performance. 

This partnership brings engagement from communities of creatives, as well as employment opportunities for students.

Speaking about Bath Spa University’s creative partnership with Bath Festival, Naomi Box, Advancement and Civic Engagement Manager, said:

"Our long-established cultural partnership with the Bath Festival is so important to us. It creates numerous opportunities for our staff and students to be involved with such a highly regarded long-running literary and music event - from volunteering and work placements to co-creation of incredible unique events." 

Our community

Bath Spa University is just one of the educational partners who get involved with the Festival’s initiative to support the city’s young people. With a focus on creative outlets, we work together to support the creative education of young people, finding creative, supportive solutions.  

Bath Spa University is proud to sponsor the following events:

Philosophy and Life with AC Grayling

AC Grayling (Philosophy and Life) shares the wisdom we need to make sense of our lives by drawing on an eclectic range of thinkers and authors from across eras and continents to help provide the answers. 

  • Date: Monday 15 May Time: 5pm – 6pm
  • Venue: Guildhall Banqueting Room 
  • Price: £5 – £15

Bath Spa Anthology Readings

A stimulating evening brought to you by the diverse and tenacious students of Bath Spa University’s MA Creative Writing, whose work is gathered together in their self-produced anthology. Enjoy readings from a cross-section of poets, novelists, memoirists and experimental writers – and take the chance to talk to them about their experiences of the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA programme. 

  • Date: Tuesday 16 May 
  • Time: 5pm – 6.30pm 
  • Venue: Chapter 22 Roots & Records 
  • Price: FREE
  • Event code: D9

Undercurrent: Natasha Carthew and Tanya Shadrick 

Join acclaimed writer Natasha Carthew as she talks to Tanya Shadrick (The Cure for Sleep) about her new memoir Undercurrent: A Cornish Memoir of Poverty, Nature and Resilience and her work as a working-class nature writer. 

  • Date: Wednesday 17 May 
  • Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm 
  • Venue: Guildhall Salon Price: £5 – £15* 
  • Event code: E12

Polari Salon: Paul Burlston, Joelle Taylor and Miss Hope Springs

London’s award-winning literary salon comes to Bath for the very first time. Inspired by the gay slang of the same name, Polari is a celebration of LGBTQ+ words and voices – whether written, spoken or sung. 

  • Date: Wednesday 17 May 
  • Time: 8pm – 10pm 
  • Venue: Komedia 
  • Price: £9 – £22* 
  • Event code: E13 4

Hope in the Dark: Ukraine

In late 2022, neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke and the Guardian’s chief culture writer Charlotte Higgins arrived in Kyiv just as a
deadly missile bombardment began. In this special festival event, they reflect on courage, culture, loss and hope in the midst of war. 

  • Date: Saturday 20 May
  • Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: Guildhall Banqueting Room
  • Price: £5 – £15*
  • Event code: H10

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