Brand new festivals, showcasing national and international creative talent and supporting local emerging work. Placing culture & creativity at the heart of Worcester.

The first of the festivals, Light Night Worcester, took place across the city centre on the evening of Thursday 16 January 2020. More festivals have followed in 2021 and there are more to come, each with the same high-quality work and opportunities but completely different from each other.

The festivals programme is part of The Arches Worcester project.


Severn Arts is a principle partner in this project and is the lead organisation for the Festivals. Severn Arts is a leading arts charity providing education, participation and engagement programmes across Worcestershire. The organisation is ambitious for Worcester and Worcestershire: passionate about building and developing arts projects and opportunities to help raise the city and county’s profile as a vibrant, rich cultural destination.

The Arches Worcester project is supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sports’ Cultural Development Fund, administered by Arts Council England.

Commissioning and programming approach

The Arches Worcester Festivals are curated by David Edmunds, Festival Director and the Festival team, creating a tailor-made programme for each festival. Where possible work is selected and programmed after being viewed live. The team attend a number of festivals across the UK in order to do this but also welcome invitations from professional companies to view work – please just give as much notice as you can.

Please send proposals and invitations to: [email protected]


Light Night

Image Description: : Photo taken at night from the roof of a building where large green inflatable tentacles are lit up and are reaching out in different directions. Below you can see the high street shops lit by street lights.

Same but Different