2-24 May 2020
Stunning portraits of Bamako’s iron workers by Fototala King Massassy
Striking recycled materials art exhibition by a Ghanaian artist
Find out about the Festival line up at our open day for all ages. Meet the…
Visually stunning story of two orphans journeying across Europe to freedom
Artist Nwando Ebizie creates an altered reality inspired by Afrofuturism
Upwards of 5,000 children will be taking part in this annual opening parade
An afternoon of the city’s best young musical talent
Dive into different worlds of music, and create your own sonic experience.
Maya Angelou’s legacy honoured in compelling live poetry and song
Malian musician Rokia Traoré shares her highly personal sixth album, Né So
Fun writing workshop with Miriam Halahmy that starts with tricky questions
The resurrection of well-loved and rarer music from the Grande Siècle.
The real-life fairy tale of a Welsh barmaid who bred a champion racehorse
Immersive talk from the artist behind Wet Sounds
An epic party with The Skints, Moses Boyd Exodus, Hollie Cook, DJs + more
Prominent creatives discuss how the Windrush affects their approach to work
A panel celebrating the contribution of translation to UK reading
Immersive, genre-blending, live classical music and dance event.
Sigrid Rausing & Ian Jack discuss the legacy and future of Granta magazine
Ben Okri reads from his new novel and discusses his adventures as a writer
Julien Faraut’s experimental film documents tennis legend John McEnroe
Soumik Datta and City of London Sinfonia with music for Indian film
Malcolm Martineau accompanies soprano Miah Persson and tenor Jeremy Ovenden
The story of an unfinished fiddle comes to life in Sam Sweeny’s live show
Readings from contributors to the working-class anthology Common People
Claire Wickes and Tomos Xerri play a mixed classical programme
The Marmen string quartet performs Haydn and Debussy
Journey through an interactive imaginary world
Jacob Sam-La Rose presents some of his now-accomplished poet mentees
Kneehigh’s hilarious, shocking and modern take on the Beggar’s Opera.
Writer Jon Ronson explores the curious world of porn in this new show
Free afternoon of inventive performances for all ages
A new work about motherhood-childhood brought to life by 100 voices
Reading featuring authors with writing textured by echoes of a distant home
World-renowned virtuosos from different continents create uplifting sounds
West African film exploring family, magic, sexuality and abandonment.
Geek Girl author, Holly Smale, introduces her new series, The Valentines
Acclaimed pianist performs Bach's demanding Partitas suite.
Zawe and Candice discuss the joys and perils of playing multiple roles
Puppeteer and storyteller Jum Faruq shares stories, music and crafts
Featuring works by Sibelius and Berlioz, as well as music from Greek Dances
S.K. Perry discusses her lyrical début, this year’s City Reads book
Intimate new show by Andy Hamilton where you even get to ask him questions!
Guitarist Michael Matthews performs music from Italy and Africa.
Grammy-winning entertainer Chilly Gonzales shares his love of the piano
An inclusive interdisciplinary performance making workshop
Riotously funny take on use of able-bodied actors to play ‘disabled’ roles
Baritone Marcus Farnsworth & pianist Libby Burgess perform a song selection