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Chapter II. Festivals and Fairs

Festivals of Music and Drama

Post-war years have witnessed a significant increase in the number of festivals of music and drama though not enough has been done to involve the general public in these activities. Some of the festivals, however, do enjoy a great popularity and it is with these that the book deals. A number of other festivals of music and drama, less well-known but sufficiently important to be mentioned, are also included in the list below.

Burns Night. Scotland (January 25).

St. Pancras Arts Festival. London (February and March).

Pitlochry Drama Festival. Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland (April and October).

Season of Shakespeare Plays. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire (April-Nov.).

The Glyndebourne Festival. Sussex (May-August). Aldeburgh Festival. Aldeburgh, Suffolk (June).

The Bath Festival. Bath, Somerset (June).

York Mystery Plays and Festival of the Arts. York (June and July).

Chichester Theatre Festival Season. Sussex (July-Sept.).

Malvern Theatre Festival Season. Worcestershire (July - Oct.).

Henry Wood Promenade Concerts ("The Proms"). Royal Albert Hall, London (July-Sept.).

Edington Music Festival Edington, Wiltshire. (August).

Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (August). Site varies from year to year.

Edinburgh International Festival (Sept.).

The Three Choirs Festival (Sept.). Held in turn at the Cathedrals of Gloucester (1968, 1971, etc.), Worcester (1969, 1972, etc.), and Hereford (1970, 1973, etc.).

Commonwealth Arts Festival (Sept.-Oct.). It is held at London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Liverpool.

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