Cheltenham Festivals - Further Information

Further Information

Cheltenham Festivals is responsible for the four festivals, which include two of the country's oldest. The first Music Festival was held in 1945 followed by a Literature Festival in 1949. These were augmented by the first Jazz Festival in 1996, followed by the Science Festival in 2002.

There is a commitment to produce festivals with 'attitude', 'bite' and 'edge', creating programmes that give audiences the opportunity to discover and participate in new and interesting work.

With the four festivals of Jazz, Science, Music and Literature, Cheltenham Festivals host hundreds of events across 12 months. The festivals have combined ticket sales of over 125,000

Previously linked with the Cheltenham Borough Council, in 2006 the four festivals set out independently as they collectively became Cheltenham Festivals. As a registered charity Cheltenham Festivals has its own marketing, education and development teams, and for the first time in its history a Chief Executive, Donna Renney: according to Renney, the Festivals 'provide a place to explore interesting themes, to take part in debates, hear different and unusual music, challenge one's perceptions and enhance knowledge. In short, a spa for the mind'.

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