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5 Must-See Collections at The Bath Festival 2022

The Bath Festival 2022 is just around the corner as the city's most cultural festival returns for another year of live performances, music, and literature. Take a look at five must-see collections at The Bath Festival below and find out more about what's on throughout the week.

A Collection For The Curious Mind

A Collection For The Curious Mind

About: Curiosity killed the cat they say, but at the brilliant Bath Festival curiosity is not only encouraged but promoted! Its Collection For The Curious Mind explores the themes and narratives that many of us often question but either don’t fully understand or know where to start with. This quizzical collection partners a range of exciting and thought-provoking authors with performances diving into the complex conversations that engage the mind.

From world-renowned physicist turned author Jim Al-Khalili’s lunchtime lecture on The Joy Of Science, to writer Rob Percival’s in-depth discussion based around his book The Meat Paradox, Bath Festival’s Collection For The Curious Mind will certainly give you a different outlook on the world.

Must-See events: Rob Percival, Jim Al-Khalili, Daisy Hay.

Great For: Curious minds.

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Current Affairs At The Festival

Current Affairs At The Festival

About: Current affairs have never been more in the public domain than right now with every move politicians make scrutinised by the masses following a tumultuous two years that has seen Brexit, Covid-19, and the Ukraine Crisis. 

This collection features some brilliant names including comedian Marcus Brigstocke and environmental campaigner George Monbiot with a variety of performances focusing on a range of issues and topics. 

From comedy sketches dissecting the national newspapers, to in-depth discussions on the British Empire and its aftermath, Bath Festival’s Current Affairs Collection is something you just have to explore for yourself!

Stand out events: John Grace, Marcus Brigstocke, George Monbiot.

Great For: Those interested in topical discussions and debates.

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Bath Focus

Bath Focus

About: It wouldn’t be The Bath Festival without a collection focused on authors working here and all the brilliant things that make Bath one of England’s great cultural cities. The Bath Focus collection sees a range of authors, journalists, and Bath Spa university lecturers host a range of exciting workshops at cultural venues across the city including Persephone Books in Bath’s Edgar Buildings.

This collection is a dream for anyone who loves Bath and is a great way to explore the city and its rich history.

Stand out events: Harriet Evans, The Literacy Almanac.

Great For: History lovers and Bath residents.

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Rising Classical Music Stars

Rising Classical Music Stars

About: The Rising Classical Music Stars series of concerts brings world-class classical performances to Bath, for those ‘you heard it hear first’ moments. Classical music is both timeless and beautiful, and at The Bath Festival 2022 some of the world’s finest rising stars will be performing one-off shows.

From former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Laura Van Der Heijden’s mesmerising cello recital to Ariel Lanyi’s talented piano performance, this collection will be a real treat for music lovers.

Stand out performers: Laura Van Der Heijden, Ryan Corbett, Jeneba Kanneh-Mason.

Great For: Classical music enthusiasts and upcoming musicians.

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Love And Laughter

Love And Laughter

About: They say that love and laughter make the world go round, and at The Bath Festival that is certainly one way of looking at things with its Love and Laughter collection.

There will be thought-provoking talks focusing on Men On Love from award-winning author Okechukwu Nzelu, to a wry and witty event with comedian Phil Wang and podcaster Pierre Novellie discussing Wang’s book Sidesplitter. Love and Laughter will certainly leave you with a fuller and happier outlook on the world.

Stand out events: Phil Wang, Rachel Parris, Okechukwu Nzelu.

Great For: Comedy lovers.

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