Smith & Williamson’s Salisbury office has confirmed its support for the 2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival, as part of the firm’s sponsorship of event organisers Wiltshire Creative.
Gareth Machin, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative, and Guest Festival Director Jonathan Dove have recently announced the programme for the 2019 event (24 May to 9 June) which will mark two global anniversaries - the 1969 moon landings and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall - with an ambitious programme of music, spoken word, film, dance, circus, theatre, comedy and family events.
The festival features more than 120 events across 16 days.
Jonathan Dove is a leading contemporary composer and several of his works will be performed during the Festival, including two new commissions: Moon Songs, with words by Alasdair Middleton, performed by hundreds of Wiltshire school children in Salisbury Cathedral, and Vertue, a setting of words by George Herbert performed by a capella favourites Voces8.
Central to the Festival will be a dramatic installation inside Salisbury Cathedral. Luke Jerram’s Gaia is a huge, seven-metre wide sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface which will be displayed under the spire crossing in the Cathedral for the duration of the Festival.
Gareth Machin said: “Since its founding in 1973, the International Arts Festival has provided an annual celebration of the vitality, distinctiveness and diversity of Salisbury’s cultural offer. This year is no different with the anniversaries of the moon landings and end of the Cold War inspiring artists from across the world to animate the buildings, spaces and streets of our wonderful city with a thrilling artistic programme.”
Lisa Ball, partner in private client tax services at Smith & Williamson LLP said: “As the founding sponsor of Wiltshire Creative, we are thrilled to continue to support the arts in Salisbury, The festival is a fantastic event that brings people into the city and we are excited to see the many events the organisers have in store for us.”
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