The Harrogate International Festivals has fired up hearts and minds since its inception in 1966, revolutionising the cultural landscape of the North Yorkshire spa town. A charitable organisation, our passion, ambition and innovative eye maintains our position as an arts organisation delivering Festivals of national importance, as well as a key cultural provider for the North throughout the year.
Established with a reputation for delivering the world’s most enthralling performers to our doorstep, we create distinctive cultural experiences through our year-round delivery of festivals and events, as well as nurturing local young talent. Our diverse portfolio dramatically increases the cultural and tourism offer for Harrogate and the surrounding area. As well as entertaining audiences, we bring internationally acclaimed artists to work with young people and communities all year-round. Our outreach and education work taps into the arts to change lives.
By championing the best up-and-coming young talent, celebrating the work of established artists and commissioning unique and surprising performances, Harrogate International Festivals remain a cultural force to be reckoned with.
Schools, young people and our local community can enjoy the Festivals year-round through our extensive programme of educational workshops, talks, projects and inspiring activities through our HIF+ programmes.
As a charitable organisation, we are funded almost entirely by ticket sales, sponsorship and donations, with just 2% of our income coming from public funding. We rely on the support of a great many national and regional sponsors, funders and partners to secure our international profile and position as a leading cultural festival in the North of England.
As a charity we rely on the support of sponsors, donors, Friends of the Festivals and kind supporters in helping us present the very best of music and literature on year. This support enables us to welcome the worlds biggest writers to Harrogate cementing our crown as the UK’s ‘bookiest town’ and our pedigree for classical music; to celebrate Harrogate as a hub for the arts in Yorkshire; to commission new work; to offer creative learning programmes for schools; to offer learning experiences through the arts to disadvantaged children and young people; to offer free to access community events; to break down barriers and much more.