Performance Archive

The very first digital Oxford Festival of the Arts ran from June 18 to July 5 2020 to replace the outstanding line-up of performers booked for this year’s festival. Since our audiences couldn’t come to us, we decided to go to them because we were determined that there should still be a multi-disciplinary celebration of the arts, it’s what we’re famous for after all! Our #OFAvirtual performances are here for you to enjoy again.

You’ll find everything from our exclusive opening night arias from Joseph Calleja to fascinating talks by Prof Suzannah Lipscomb and Dr Janina Ramirez, heavenly singing by ORA Singers, swinging jazz from The Easy Rollers and Zoe Gilby, an in-depth interview with Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds and so much more. Scroll through to see our complete programme.

#OFAvirtual is free to watch if you’d like to make a donation to support the freelance artists and creatives who took part and our ongoing work, the link is here. Thank you.

The OFA Team

The #OFAvitual trailer featuring ‘Heaven’ by Ebo Taylor performed by AGBEKO
The #OFAvirtual trailer featuring ‘The Dance of the Fantastic Dragon’ by Paul Max Edlin
Master of Magdalen College School, Helen Pike, with a welcome message to lauch #OFAvirtual
The acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja opens #OFAvirtual on June 18th 2020
Oxford East MP and Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds is interviewed by BBC Political Correspondent Rob Watson
The award-winning vocal ensemble ORA Singers perform ‘Tallis – A Reflection’
Jazz and double bass duo Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion with The Living Room Gig
Beethoven recital performed by concert pianist Maureen Galea
What Goddesses? Rediscovering Divine Women of the Past with Dr Janina Ramirez
The Easy Rollers present ‘Drop Me Off In Harlem’ Jazz, dance, theatre and comedy.
Gabriella Swallow: a tribute to Jacqueline du Pré
Creation Theatre present an hour-long rehearsed reading of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII
Prof Suzannah Lipscomb on ‘Women, Sex and Power in the Sixteenth Century’
Patricia Lovett demonstrates the craft of italics
Kristina and Sadé Alleyne – Alleyne Dance
Emma Ridgway talks about artist Ruth Asawa
MCS Musical Moments – a concert by staff and pupils
A NYJO Showcase
Tudor costume and culinary capers with Alexis, Karin and Dan
#OFAvirtual comes to an end with a special Festival Service and Blessing