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Arts and Culture

From international festivals to theatrical events and award-winning museums to independent galleries, Wiltshire is rich in both arts and culture.

Each year the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival takes place from the end of May to mid June in and around Salisbury.

The Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon hosts regular concerts in its 300 seater hall attracting internationally renowned musicians including the City of London Sinfonia, jazz legend Courtney Pine and famous guitarist John Williams and during the summer months, enjoy the Iford Arts Festival set in the stunning Peto gardens at Iford Manor.

The Young Gallery located at Salisbury Library provide permanent exhibitions which both mark the life and achievements of both Edwin Young and John Creasey and provide access to the collections held by the Edwin Young and John Creasey Museum Trusts. The gallery is open all year.

For two weeks in the summer, the International Street Festival and Carnival comes to Devizes. The festival includes a confetti battle and carnival parade as well as lots of street theatre.

Anyone with an eye for the arts should head to Fisherton Mill. Here lies a treasure trove of amazing artwork in the largest independent art gallery in the South West. See on-site artists in their studios and discover beautiful handmade cards and jewellery for sale. In the heart of the Wylye Valley is the Black Barn Gallery housed in a beautifully restored barn.

Theatre is a big thing in Wiltshire. We have the prestigious Salisbury Playhouse which often ‘breaks in’ productions before heading to the West End, the Salisbury International Arts Festival offering theatrical productions from world famous Globe Theatre in some notable locations. One-off theatrical events are often also held at the Salisbury Arts Centre throughout the year.

Across the county there’s the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge and the Athenaeum in Warminster as well as amateur theatre productions.

To find out more about exhibitions and the many arts events that take place in Wiltshire search our what's on pages.

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