Performance Archive

The #OFAvirtual trailer featuring ‘The Dance of the Fantastic Dragon’ by Paul Max Edlin

The very first digital Oxford Festival of the Arts ran from June 18 to July 5 2020 to replace the physical festival which we had to cancel due to the pandemic. 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! #OFAvirtual has proved so popular that we continue to build on it and a digital element will be a feature of all future festivals.

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 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

Joby Burgess – Powerplant, filmed at Oxford’s The North Wall
Percussionist Joby Burgess performs Fanta® at The North Wall
#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