The Festivals

Light Night Worcester


Disrupting the Norm

International Story Festival

Four brand new festivals are set to take place in Worcester in 2020, showcasing national and international creative talent and supporting local emerging work.

The first of the four festivals is Light Night Worcester, taking place across the city centre on the evening of Thursday 16 January. Atmosphere, the second new festival is in April, followed by Disrupting the Norm in July and Worcester’s International Story Festival in October.

All four festivals are within the festivals programme of The Arches Worcester project Severn Arts is a principle partner in this project and is the lead organisation for the Festivals. Severn Arts is a leading arts charity providing education, participation and engagement programmes across Worcestershire. The organisation is ambitious for Worcester and Worcestershire: passionate about building and developing arts projects and opportunities to help raise the city and county’s profile as a vibrant, rich cultural destination.

The Arches Worcester project is supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sports’ Cultural Development Fund, administered by Arts Council England.

Commissioning and programming approach

The Arches Worcester Festivals are curated by David Edmunds, Festival Director and the Festival team, creating a tailor-made programme for each festival. Where possible work is selected and programmed after being viewed live. The team attend a number of festivals across the UK in order to do this but also welcome invitations from professional companies to view work – please just give as much notice as you can. 

Please send proposals and invitations to: