Five of the Best – Jul 17

Art Today Magazine’s choice Calendar of Creative Events in the UK, during the month of July 2017…

1. UpFest, Bristol:-

Art by Goin

‘Early Harvest’ by street artist Goin, featured at UpFest 2015.  See the artist’s latest work at, and for details of this year’s festival, see

Europe’s largest Street Art and Graffiti Festival once again graces the streets and architecture of one of the South’s most culturally-eclectic cities.  To give it its full name – The Urban Paint Festival for 2017 will run from Saturday, 29th until Monday, 31st July.  Following a call for Open Registration earlier this year, the festival has attracted over 300 artists who will paint 35 venues throughout Bedminster and Southville, Bristol.  These artists are the cream of the crop from over 30 countries worldwide, and will cover 30,000 square feet of architectural canvas to an audience of 35,000 visitors.  Other features of the event include: an affordable art sale, music stages and art workshops for all to enjoy.

Artists of note this year include: Andrew Burns Colwil (‘the next wave in street art’); Bex Glover (physical and digital mediums); ‘Braga’ (‘develops critical, sometimes provocative reflection’) and Elas (‘art has a strong power to change the atmosphere, and bring rest’).

Art Today will have reporters on the ground during this event, tweeting updates as they occur.

2.  Buxton Festival Fringe, Derbyshire:-


On Saturday, 3rd June, this year’s festival programme was unveiled to performers and friends at the Green Man Gallery.  Guests enjoyed a party with entertainment by entrants ‘Drowsy Sleepers, Darren Poyzer et al.  Ticketing and events can be found at

Until 23rd July this growing festival will take place for the 37th year in the idyllic spa town of Buxton in the Derbyshire countryside.  Viewed in latter years as a preview for artists before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the Summer, the Buxton Festival Fringe commonly hosts around 500 performances by 150 entrants.  The organisers state:-

‘The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared – we welcome all genres.’.

On top of showcasing such an admirably eclectic mix of arts mediums, the organisers state that a plethora of wholesome mottos feature at the heart of this event, such as:

‘We believe that art is for all, not just an elite. This applies both to artists and audience.’.

3.  BBC Proms, London


A full programme of events can be found at

8 weeks of concerts, talks, workshops and family events begin on 14 July, culminating with the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in September.  On their dedicated Proms site the Royal Albert Hall/BBC state that ‘Frequent Prommers’ can buy a Season Ticket or Weekend Pass – the benefit being that such pass-holders are allowed direct access to the Arena or Gallery until 30 minutes before each concert.  With such gems as Daniel Baremboim and the Skaatskapelle Berlin playing Elgar; Jakub Hrusa conducting an all-Czech concert with the BBC SO and BBC Singers; Ian McMillan introducing the Proms Poetry Competition; and even Katie Derham presenting round-up Proms Extra on BBC2 – it would be a shame to miss it!

See Twitter @bbcproms for updates.

4.  Ramsgate Arts Festival, Kent


‘… a host of diverse, fun and serious, high quality events that celebrate the unique maritime location of this extraordinary place…’.

From 22nd until 31st July, this seaside arts festival will put on a show of street theatre, harbour music concerts, opera, art installations, parades, free workshops, and a programme of heritage-led talks, all alongside the town’s Royal Temple Yacht Club Regatta Week.  According to, this festival sets out to ‘provoke people to try new experiences and is known for being very family-friendly, with a mix of professional art and artists from East Kent and the wider UK….’.  Key events include: ‘Opera on the Beach: Handel’s Semele’ (22/7); ‘Littoral Light II: twilight art exhibition in the tidal zone on Ramsgate beach’ (28/7); ‘The Ramsgate Slide: 1-day 300 foot waterslide installation modelled on that of Bristol artist Luke Jerram’ (30/7) and ‘Fire Finale: magical twilight fire procession & display on Ramsgate Sands’ (30/7).

Visit festival website for details, updates and full event calendar.

See the clip below to support the festival and make a donation on Kickstarter:-


5.  Selby Arts Festival, N. Yorks

Also at the end of July, the Selby Arts Festival in North Yorkshire is a new festival ‘bringing the best and most exciting music,


Festival partners include: The Arts Council, BBC Radio York, The Theatre and Dance Academy, as well as The Music Rooms, Selby. See event site for more details.

comedy, theatre and family events…’ to the area.  From 22nd July, a nine-day extravaganza of culture and creativity begin with a ‘Shop Takeover’.  The 154 Collective (a group of musicians, artists, painters, writers and sculptors) will be given the keys to an empty shop on Selby’s High Street in order to fill it with plays, books, exhibitions, music albums and large-scale artworks, which celebrate Selby – its ‘places and people’.  Other highlights include comedian Ed Byrns previewing his 1-hour Edinburgh show at Selby Abbey (26/7) and internationally-renowned spoken-word organisation ‘A Firm of Poets’ popping up all over the town during festival week.  The event is produced by Dep Arts – whose past work includes projects with London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Liverpool during its year as European City of Culture.