Cambridge Live

Cambridge Live

At a glance


  • Arts

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - England


The main charitable purpose is the advancement of art for the public benefit. Quality and excellence underpin all the programming which, together with community outreach and engagement, form an important component of the company’s ethos. On 1st April 2015 the staff and assets transferred from Cambridge City Council.

Cambridge Live:

  • Runs the largest regional arts venue, the Cambridge Corn Exchange with over 220 events per year.
  • Manages the Cambridge Folk Festival, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2014. With a maximum capacity of 10,000 and over 250 performances, workshops and events over the course of the weekend, it is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading folk festivals.
  • Delivers a summer programme of City Events reaching over 62,000 people with a range of activities, many of which are free to attend.
  • Programmes the use of the Guildhalls which currently host over 150 diverse events, attracting 35,000 visitors.
  • Operates Cambridge Live Tickets, a ticketing agency for clients across the UK



Currently through a wide range of excellent and innovative activities, we reach nearly 300,000 visitors each year. An eclectic mix of products and services gives the organisation a broad base: from the Brussels Philharmonic and the Philip Glass Ensemble playing the Corn Exchange to cookery competitions and boxing matches in the Guildhall; from Folk Festival workshops on willow sculpture and children’s instrument-making to Van Morrison and the Fisherman’s Friends; and from festive fireworks and the Tour de France to the Bay City Rollers and Paloma Faith, these all make up the programme of over 400 performances a year.

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