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The Phoenix – send us your artistic responses

Today OFA launches a new arts project in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks. We invite you to send us your artistic responses on the theme of The Phoenix, rebirth and resurgence. As the world slowly emerges from lockdown and the arts begin a period of renewed activity, we want to know what it means to you and how it prompts you to respond creatively. We can accept any medium as long as your entry can be Read more…

Savills to sponsor OFA Virtual 2021

We are grateful to our friends at Savills, long-standing supporters of OFA, who will be the headline sponsors of this year’s online festival, OFA Virtual 2021. Savills share our belief that the arts bring joy, strengthen community ties and enrich our lives. Arts, culture, and creative expression are such an important aspect of the human experience; as we emerge from lockdown and the arts enjoy a resurgence, we thank Savills for their continued and generous Read more…

OFA partners with Oxfordshire Artweeks for film shorts

Four artists participating in Oxfordshire Artweeks (1-23 May 2021) are producing exclusive short films about their work and inspiration and giving us a behind-the-scenes peek into their studios and what they’re currently working on. The Oxford-based artists we are featuring in our 10-minute film shorts are Elaine Kazimierczuk landscape painter, Becky Paton mosaicist, Piotr Gargas sculptor and Vital Peeters glass artist. Their films will be broadcast across May and June as part of #OFAvirtual.

Historian Dr Janina Ramirez standing in front of Berkeley Castle

Dr Janina Ramirez named as Honorary Patron of OFA

Oxford Festival of the Arts has announced that historian, author and broadcaster Dr Janina Ramirez is to become OFA’s Honorary Patron. Dr Ramirez, who lives in Oxford, is a researcher, lecturer and course director at Oxford University and is well known to television audiences for her many documentaries. Her most recent series ‘Raiders of the Lost Past’ has just aired on BBC2. Dr Janina Ramirez said, “’I’m honoured and delighted to become an Honorary Patron Read more…

Creative Industries discussion attracts large online audience

On March 11, together with Magdalen College School we hosted ‘How Resilient is the Creative Industry?’ to explore the future for the arts and culture. MCS alumnus Jim Hawker assembled a stellar panel of artists and experts who didn’t pull their punches in exploring the post-pandemic and post-Brexit landscape for the creative industries. Our expert panel were: Dame Harriet Walter actress, John Caird  writer and stage director, Stephen Boxer actor, Tom Piper artist and theatre designer, John Read more…

Our #sayitin60seconds winners are announced

We were delighted to receive so many entries and after much consideration our judging panel; Dr Michelle Castelleti (OFA Director), Paul Max Edlin (Composer) and Brendan Ball (Trumpeter) came to their decisions. Congratulations to our winners: Darren Fellows, Richard Montgomery, Dan Jenkins, Carl Borg and Richard Peat. Student composer Jacob Lewis was awarded a Special Commendation. All the scores will be performed by virtuoso trumpeter Brendan Ball and professionally filmed to be broadcast on social Read more…

Our #OFAvirtual line up is announced!

Today we are delighted to reveal the programme for our 18-day free digital festival, #OFAvirtual. With theatre, dance, art, workshops, jazz, choral and classical music, opera, politics, history, calligraphy, activities for children and even cookery we have plenty to entertain you wherever you can get to a screen!

OFA 2020 is postponed and #OFAvirtual is on the way

As promised, we are getting back to you regarding OFA 2020. In the current circumstances, the most responsible thing to do is to postpone this year’s event. However, we will time-shift this exuberant celebration inspired by the Field of Cloth of Gold to 2021. It’s a case of delayed gratification! You can expect all the wonderful performances, events and experiences we had planned for this year, you just have to wait a bit longer to Read more…

Tudor Travel Guide poster for the Field of Cloth of Gold virtual summit 2020

‘The Field of Cloth of Gold: 500’ a FREE virtual two-day summit

Over 18 blustery days in June 1520, an historic event took place in the Pale of Calais. Here, King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France met in an ostentatious display of power, wealth and status. Masterminded by Thomas Wolsey, the aim was to join the two kingdoms in a pact of solidarity and friendship, notably against the insurgence of the Ottoman Empire, that was threatening Christian Europe. It was a spectacular Read more…