Country Life St Ives September Festival

A celebration of rural life past and present in music and film with singer songwriters Dee & Dave Brotherton and celebrated local film maker Alban Roinard. We offer a selection of songs and moving images as an antidote to the frenzy of our disconnected modern life and our separation from the living world around us, with live music and a rare showing of the film “The Valley of the Stag,” shortlisted for this years’ Celtic Media Festival. Supported by The Painted Bird. – See more at:


The St Ives September Festival began in a back kitchen in Teetotal Street in September 1977 bringing together the diverging interests of several arts and music professionals. The first Festival, which ran from 14th to 24th September 1978 was already ambitious in its scope and covered folk music, dance, fine arts, chamber music, poetry, arts & crafts and theatre, and even featured a very young Nigel Kennedy.

The Festival has continued over the past thirty-five years, with a few short breaks, and with different organisations responsible for arranging the programme. It has always been a very important part of the town’s cultural life, and people come from year to year to take advantage of the very wide range of events that are on offer.

In 2011 the committee consisted of about sixteen people of varying expertise, all of whom are volunteers. The Committee oversees the organisation of the Festival and each member is responsible for their own area of interest.

With at least two hundred events the recent Festival has been more ambitious than ever; reach

ing out to all ages and interests, in various venues around the town.

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