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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) have chosen their winners: Congratulations to 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 media. [All Read more…

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…

A hand woven weavescape in golds, red and green

And the winner is …

In November 2019 we launched an exciting competition with our friends at OX Magazine to invite entries for the cover design of our festival brochure for 2020. We offered suggestions to aid creativity; this year’s festival inspiration The Field of Cloth of Gold; a colour palette based on illuminated manuscripts including gold, and the themes of royalty, splendour, fraternity and friendship. The results are in and our winner is Oxford artist and weaver Julia Engelhardt. Read more…

An update on #OFA2020

A message from the Director of the Oxford Festival of the Arts What are the Arts if not a way of speaking, of reacting, of setting trends, and of communicating?  Few things are more beautiful and intense than making music or sharing musical experiences together, than the exhilaration and emotion on stage and in the public just after the curtains close, the wonderful camaraderie of a community project, the sense of enrichment after an exciting, Read more…