Now in its ninth year, the Festival offers a broad programme of
performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art,
film and literature. We aim to celebrate Oxford’s diverse communities, and
there is something for everyone, whatever their age, background, or artistic
In 2016, the Festival featured over 100 events, attracted more than 20,000 visitors and involved more than 20 city venues.
The two weeks of the Festival simply form the pinnacle of Festival activities: education and community engagement activities run throughout the year. In 2015-16, over 2,800 children from 45 county schools were involved in projects which had their showcase in the summer Festival.
The Oxford Festival of the Arts was an initiative in 2008 of Magdalen College School: the school remains its lead sponsor.