Our Aims

Oxford Festival of the Arts is committed to fostering creativity and excellence in the arts, and to providing artistic opportunities for Oxfordshire’s diverse communities. We endeavour to offer a broad and high-quality programme of artistic and cultural events, performed by and for the communities of Oxford.

In particular, we are committed to supporting emerging artists and young people who are developing their artistic talents or aspire to a career in the arts. We hope that our Festival offers opportunities for guests to get actively involved and to try out new cultural activities or further develop skills they already have. And, believing that understanding may help us enjoy cultural experiences to their full, we aim to embed our events in opportunities for on-going education in the arts.

Our keys areas of focus are:

  • Supporting youth engagement in the arts, particularly for those without ready access to cultural activities.
  • Offering opportunities for active participation in cultural activities.
  • Showcasing regional talent and supporting developing young artists.
  • Celebrating Oxford’s heritage and forming bridges between Oxford’s diverse communities.