OFA 2020/21

In 2020 and 21 Coronavirus meant things were rather different and OFA was reinvented as a digital festival. OFA Virtual presented many thrilling and exclusive online events and gained a worldwide audience.

Those performances can still be enjoyed here and on the OFA YouTube Channel which we recommend you subscribe to. We are delighted at the prospect of welcoming audiences back in real life and OFA Virtual has been so well received that we will retain digital elements of our programme for future festivals.

As you enjoy our free OFA Virtual events, we hope you are able to support us. Your donation supports our artists and creatives now and into the future, it helps us produce printed material for our learning and engagement partnership projects and enables us to make our online performances free and therefore accessible to a wide audience. Your generosity makes a huge difference to OFA, thank you.

To donate £5, text OFA5 to 70970
To donate £10, text OFA10 to 70191
To donate £20, text OFA20 to 70191
To donate £30, text OFA30 to 70191
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The OFA Team

Brendan Ball performs ‘Dreams of Pi’ composed by Richard Montgomery
Start Small Grow Great, the finale to our Music for Mustardseed fundraising concert
‘Scuttle’ composed by Carl Borg, one of the winning compositions in our ‘Say it in 60 seconds’ project
A film by sculptor and carver Piotr Gargas, in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks
A film by landscape painter Elaine Kazimierczuk in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks
A film by glass artist and sculptor Vital Peeters in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks
A film by the Oxford mosaicist Becky Paton in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks
Joby Burgess – Powerplant, filmed at Oxford’s The North Wall
Percussionist Joby Burgess performs Fanta® at The North Wall
The #OFAvirtual trailer featuring ‘The Dance of the Fantastic Dragon’ by Paul Max Edlin
#OFAvirtual closes with a special Festival Service and Blessing
Tudor costume and culinary capers with Alexis, Karin and Dan
A NYJO Showcase
MCS Musical Moments – a concert by staff and pupils
Emma Ridgway talks about artist Ruth Asawa
Kristina and Sadé Alleyne – Alleyne Dance
Patricia Lovett demonstrates the craft of italics
Prof Suzannah Lipscomb on ‘Women, Sex and Power in the Sixteenth Century’
Creation Theatre present an hour-long rehearsed reading of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII
Gabriella Swallow: a tribute to Jacqueline du Pré
The Easy Rollers present ‘Drop Me Off In Harlem’ Jazz, dance, theatre and comedy.
What Goddesses? Rediscovering Divine Women of the Past with Dr Janina Ramirez
Beethoven recital performed by concert pianist Maureen Galea
Jazz and double bass duo Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion with The Living Room Gig
The award-winning vocal ensemble ORA Singers perform ‘Tallis – A Reflection’
Oxford East MP and Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds is interviewed by BBC Political Correspondent Rob Watson
The acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja opens #OFAvirtual on June 18th 2020
The #OFAvitual trailer featuring ‘Heaven’ by Ebo Taylor performed by AGBEKO
Master of Magdalen College School, Helen Pike, with a welcome message to lauch #OFAvirtual