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What’s On June MCS Arts Festival What’s On July The Tree of Light Inspired by the Olympics

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Art in Action 17 What’s On August 19 Wilderness Festival 20 23 What’s On September Calendar 26

Oxfordshire is a hub of cultural activity all year round, but it’s during the summer months that the number and variety of performances, exhibitions and festivals on offer reach their pinnacle. And 2012 is going to be no exception! As well as celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, we can also look forward to an outpouring of Olympic inspired events and activities – ranging from beautiful ceramic flowers at Blenheim Palace to a madcap re-enactment of the Caucus Race in Christ Church Meadow. Oxfordshire will also welcome The Tree of Light in July: two spectacular events that will bring together hundreds of performers in a visual and sonic feast for the senses. So to make sure that you get the most out of the coming months, take a look at our selection of the very best cultural activities happening across Oxfordshire this summer.

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EXHIBITION Explore Oxford Summer 2012 [Venue] Oxford Town Hall [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk This summer, Oxford Town Hall invites you to explore its two new museum galleries, both of which use interactive tools and characters to tell the fascinating story of the city and its people. Explore William Henry White’s office – city engineer from 1871 to 1918 – or take a virtual high-tech bike ride past points of interest… a first for Oxford!

EXHIBITION Al-Qur’an al-Kari’: Sacred Verses, Beautiful Pages 8 March – 1 July 2012 [Venue] The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.ashmolean.org

Best of Britain Weekend at Oxford Castle

2 – 5 June 2012 This June, an extended weekend of celebrations will be held to mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign. All over the country, individuals, groups, organisations and venues will hold special events to honour this landmark occasion.

This special display looks at the Qur’an - the holy book of Islam - as a source of artistic inspiration and expression. It follows the evolution in the practice of copying the Qur’an across Islamic countries, and the impact this has had on the development of calligraphy and book illumination over the centuries.

The Perfect Rower 31 March – 30 September 2012 [Venue] The River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames [Tickets] £8, concessions £6 [Info] www.rrm.co.uk Celebrate Britain’s big year with the River and Rowing Museum. Discover how training at the Olympic Games has changed over the last century, including boat building, kit and nutrition. Learn about the psychology behind winning a gold medal, and discover intriguing artefacts such as the Pallas Athena statue, last presented in Britain almost 100 years ago.

EXHIBITION Prints by Peter Rhoades – A Retrospective 23 May – 24 June 2012 [Venue] Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford [Tickets] £3, concessions £2 [Info] www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

FESTIVAL The Sunningwell Festival of Music and Arts 26 May – 9 June 2012 [Venue] Various across Sunningwell [Tickets] From £10 [Info] www.sunningwell.com

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EXHIBITION

An exhibition of rarely-seen works by the Oxfordshire-based artist Peter Rhoades. His artistic interest is intensely focused on the varied forms of printmaking, a subject that he also taught and explored during his time as a lecturer at the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

In Oxfordshire we are positivity spoilt for choice. Highlights include nostalgic village fete activities at Cogges Manor Farm, bun throwing in Abingdon, town criers at Oxford Castle, Jubilee ales at the Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival, beacon lighting at Earth Trust, brass bands at Blenheim Palace, royal portraits at West Ox Arts Gallery, a procession of light in Woodstock, 1950’s themed ‘mayor making’ in Oxford, music and arts at the Sunningwell Festival, and last but by no means least, the country’s biggest street party in Banbury!

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The Perfect Rower - Olympic Medal

Frontispiece from a Qur’an, Iran, Late 15th century

The Sunningwell Festival of Music and Arts is a biennial event which takes place in a rather unique location – on a floating stage on the village pond! Organised and supported by the local community, it brings together an eclectic programme of music over ten days. Both professional performers and local talent take part, offering something for all the family and every music taste imaginable.

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Darren Nisbett: Echoes for Company

Dickens and his World

Shakespeare in the Islamic World: The Comedy of Errors

29 May – 25 June 2012

[Venue] The Bodleian Library, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

[Venue] The Jam Factory, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.thejamfactoryoxford.com A new portfolio of works from photographer Darren Nisbett. Nisbett’s fascination with abandoned buildings and derelict spaces is explored in this unique collection of images, all of which are printed directly onto sanded aluminium panels to create an ‘urban photographic decoupage’ effect.

THEATRE Minsk, 2011 31 May – 2 June 2012 [Venue] The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford [Tickets] £15, concessions £11 [Info] www.thenorthwall.com Welcome to Minsk. Strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the surface of a city where sexuality is twisted by oppression. If scars are sexy, then Minsk must be the sexiest city in the world!

2 June – 28 October 2012

Using contemporary materials, much of it ephemeral, and prompted by quotations from his writings, this unique exhibition will aim to reveal something of the world that Dickens lived in. There will be sections of London and its amusements, domestic entertainments, crime, punishment, the coming of the railways, food and education – including Dickens’ earliest surviving letter, written as a schoolboy.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Family Learning – Jubilation 7 June 2012 [Venue] The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock [Tickets] £1.50 per child [Info] www.tomocc.org.uk Learn how Queen Victoria celebrated her Jubilee and make a commemorative medallion at this fun drop-in craft session for families.

7 June 2012 [Venue] The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford [Tickets] £15, concessions £12 [Info] www.creationtheatre.co.uk Roy-e-Sabz is a truly daring theatre company where men and women act together in modern Afghanistan. For the first time ever they leave Kabul with their new production of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s famous farce of separated twins and confused identity.

MUSIC Mary Hampton Cotillion 7 June 2012 [Venue] The Old Boot Factory, Oxford [Tickets] £10, concessions £7 [Info] www.ocmevents.org Mary Hampton brings her captivating voice and five piece band to The Old Boot Factory. Hailed as a true original and aptly described as ‘folk noir’, Mary’s fragile, haunting voice perfectly conveys the surreal satires, bittersweet romanticism and incisive wit of her songs.

EXHIBITION Museum from the Future 1 – 4 June 2012 [Venue] The Old Fire Station, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oldfirestation.org.uk The year is 2042. Ever wonder how we managed to achieve this fantastic sustainable society? Well wonder no more! Step back in time to 2012 and discover where it all began. Get ready to re-imagine your world…

WORKSHOP Ribbons of Unity 2 June – 9 July 2012 [Venue] Fusion Arts and various other locations across Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.fusion-arts.org In the absence of Cowley Road Carnival this year, Fusion will be keeping the spirit alive by co-ordinating an interim project to make flags, banners and bunting. Workshops will commence on the Diamond Jubilee weekend and end just in time to decorate the Cowley Road for the passing of the Olympic Torch in July.

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Shakespeare in The Islamic World, The Comedy of Errors

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Ten Years of Oxford Pride Oxford Pride – Mazz Image

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All is not Lost

The Making of the Drum

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9 June 2012

[Venue] The Old Fire Station, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oldfirestation.org.uk

[Venue] Merton College Chapel, Oxford [Tickets] £12, concessions £6 [Info] www.commotio.org

The Gallery at the Old Fire Station presents its first solo show. Objects, forms and images change; a between-ness, where one thing transforms into another. Here, mark-making in its various guises acts as a metaphor for the gathering of fragmented and partial objects.

Commotio returns to the stunning acoustics of Merton College Chapel for the UK première of Klatzow’s Two Songs from the /Xam and the superb Making of the Drum by local composer Bob Chilcott. Oxford composer John Duggan’s Breathe adds a Zen breeze to this summer repertoire.

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Mirror Mosaic Workshop

Deddington Festival

9 June 2012

15 June – 7 July 2012

[Venue] Cogges Manor Farm, Witney [Tickets] TBC [Info] www.cogges.org.uk

[Venue] Deddington [Tickets] From free admission to £10 [Info] www.deddingtonfestival.org.uk

Drawing inspiration from the moated area at Cogges, this workshop will use mirror mosaic to trace patterns and recreate the rhythm and movement of the water.

Now in its 9th year, Deddington Festival aims to offer something for everybody: a rock concert in the square, jazz and classical concerts in the church, open gardens, a guitar recital, an art exhibition, workshops, a poetry reading and a writing competition.

MUSIC The D-Day Darlings 9 June 2012 [Venue] The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames [Tickets] £15, concessions £14 [Info] www.kentontheatre.co.uk A wonderful wartime treat featuring vocal harmony trio The D-Day Darlings. Combining some of the most popular and beautiful songs of the 1940s, authentic period costumes and a dazzling backdrop of original film footage, this fabulous production will recreate the true spirit of wartime Britain.

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8 – 17 June 2012 Oxford Pride is planning a major celebration this year to mark its 10th anniversary. From modest beginnings in 2002, the community event has grown rapidly and now incorporates a ten day arts and cultural festival, with events produced by local organisations, businesses and individuals. A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life, Oxford Pride kicks off on Friday 8 June with a special exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Mistaken Identities features the work of a number of artists, and explores themes relating to identity, ambiguity, reality and fiction. Other highlights of the ten day programme include a panel debate hosted by the University of Oxford, as well as a grand celebration and parade through the streets of Oxford city centre. Taking place on Saturday 16 June, members of the public are invited to follow the parade down Cornmarket Street, Queen Street, and through the Oxford Castle complex to Oxpens Field, where a family friendly event featuring live entertainment, stalls and refreshments will take place. www.oxfordpride.org.uk

Oxford Pride is here to promote equality and celebrate the diversity of our city. We believe in an inclusive society where everyone feels accepted, and we welcome everyone to join us and be proud together. Rafe Jeune, Chair of Oxford Pride All Is Not Lost – James Green

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EXHIBITION On Form 2012 17 June – 15 July 2012 [Venue] Asthall Manor, Burford [Tickets] £7.50, concessions £6, under 12s free admission [Info] www.onformsculpture.co.uk The UK’s largest exhibition of sculpture in stone, set within the exquisite garden and spectacular ballroom of Asthall Manor. As well as a brand new pop-up café, this year visitors will be treated to a full programme of events including workshops, talks, tours, theatre and music.

MUSIC Jubilee Concert 22 June 2012 [Venue] Tom Quad, Christ Church, Oxford [Tickets] £25, £35, £45 and £55 [Info] www.chch.ox.ac.uk Christ Church welcomes Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the BBC Concert Orchestra for a magical evening of classical music, including pieces by Mozart, Handel, Strauss, De Falla, Canteloube and Puccini.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY Creation Station: Game On!

Spin! Action!

Oxford Philomusica Chamber Series

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28 June 2012

[Venue] The Vale and Downland Museum, Wantage [Tickets] £3 [Info] www.wantage-museum.com

[Venue] Maison Francaise d’Oxford, Oxford [Tickets] £18 (includes a pre-concert glass of wine) [Info] www.oxfordphil.com

[Venue] Oxford Town Hall [Tickets] £1.50 per pack [Info] www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk

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Artist Helen Jacobs will show you how to make your own paper zoetrope – a Victorian toy with side-slits for viewing moving pictures as it spins. Create a hand-drawn animation on a sporting theme and then watch as the characters leap about inside the paper framework!

At the Maison Française we hear, appropriately, works by the leading trio of French impressionists – Debussy’s intimate, introspective Sonata, Roussel’s engagingly exploratory Sérénade, and Ravel’s homage to his one-time mentor, Fauré.

FESTIVAL 29 June – 1 July 2012 [Venue] Great Tew Estate [Tickets] From £65 per day, £150 for the weekend, concessions available [Info] www.cornburyfestival.com

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The Cornbury Festival is one-of-a-kind: an eccentric musical carnival, a dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fair, a lovingly crafted, top notch, very English open air party, tailor-made for the whole family. This year’s line-up includes James Morrison, Elvis Costello, Jools Holland and Will Young.

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Be inspired by Oxford’s medal winners from the past, present and future in this special Olympic themed Creation Station.

EXHIBITION Tea with Alice Late June – mid September

The Cornbury Festival

On Form – Aly Brown

30 June – 22 September 2012

[Venue] The Story Museum, Oxford [Tickets] TBC [Info] www.storymuseum.org.uk The Alice books have been translated into more than 100 languages and interpreted by countless illustrators, artists and designers. This exhibition reveals the new golden age of Alice illustration and looks in depth at the way in which Carroll’s famous stories have inspired images across the world. Part of a series of Alice events taking place this summer coordinated by the Story Museum, including Alice’s Day (p.11) and the Caucus Race (p. 15).

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Lord Robert Winston

The Aeneid

Lashings Cricket

Music at the Sheldonian Theatre

This summer, Magdalen College School’s fourth annual Arts Festival presents an exciting programme packed to the brim with drama, music, sport, art and talks of the highest calibre. Following the school’s recent partnership with Oxford Playhouse, the festival will include the world première of a new production of The Aeneid – adapted by Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Joanne Pearce and performed on the Playhouse’s main stage. MCS students will also appear at the Burton Taylor Studio performing Harold Pinter’s Party Time. Other highlights of the festival include a talk by Lord Robert Winston at the University of Oxford’s Examination Schools, A Royal Audience with Gyles Brandreth and comedy with internet sensation Mr Gap Yah. Music will be represented in Magdalen’s long-standing tradition of Madrigals, which will be sung from punts, and in a spectacular concert at the Sheldonian Theatre, where MCS students will perform alongside John Lubbock and the Orchestra of St John’s. On the final day of the festival, the star-studded Lashings World XI will play two Twenty20 games on School Field – regarded as one of the most beautiful grounds in the country. This will provide a spectacular end to a week that will also have included a Shakespeare forum, talks by Anne Fine, Lady Antonia Fraser and Ed Smith, an art exhibition and a historical walking tour, as well as productions of Oliver!, a play in French, and another performed to picnickers enjoying the magic of an Oxford summer evening. All are welcome. For more information see www.mcsartsfestival.org You can also the find the festival on Facebook (search MCS Arts Festival) and Twitter (follow @MCSartsfestival). www.oxfordinspires.org

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The Renaissance

in AstronomY Books, Globes and Instruments of the 16th Century

11 May – 9 September 2012 [ Venue ] The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford [ Tickets ] Free admission [ Info ] www.mhs.ox.ac.uk

In the 16th century, astronomy was seen as much a craft as it was a science, a view clearly evidenced by the beautiful, exceptionally made instruments used by astronomers of the day.

THEATRE Mapping Wonderland Throughout July 2012 [Venue] Meet in front of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford [Tickets] £10, students £8, family £25 [Info] www.underconstructiontheatre.com Allow yourself to be enchanted as Under Construction Theatre weaves you through the little lanes of a hidden Oxford. Meet the quirky, eccentric characters that invented, wrote, planned and experimented in the very heart of the city. This walking experience is like no other, and is guaranteed to help you to discover a real Wonderland this summer… Mapping Wonderland – Robert Viglasky

This summer, some of the finest remaining examples of this extraordinary craftsmanship will be brought together in a special exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science. Through outstanding examples of astronomical craft, including a stunning selection of 16th century books, instruments and globes, the exhibition will set within a new context the revolutionary proposition by Copernicus that the earth is in motion. The exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of cartographer Gerard Mercator, whose world map projection we use to this very day. Mercator was famed for his terrestrial and celestial globes, a splendid pair of which will be on display. Also featured will be Mercator’s own annotated copy of Copernicus’ ground-breaking book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, as well as a range of astronomical instruments from the museum’s collection. The Renaissance in Astronomy is a collaboration between the Museum of the History of Science and the Royal Astronomical Society.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Independence Day 1 July 2012 [Venue] Sulgrave Manor, near Banbury [Tickets] £8, concessions £4 [Info] www.sulgravemanor.org.uk Visit Sulgrave Manor this Independence Day and meet the soldiers of George Washington’s first war. Learn about the lives of 18th century fighting men, see the stunning display of Native American Indian artefacts, get up close to a bald eagle and enjoy the fast footwork of the Appalachian dancers.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Cushion Concert: Koto 1 July 2012 [Venue] Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford [Tickets] £5 [Info] www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

The Renaissance in Astronomy – The Museum of the History of Science

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Find out about the Japanese Koto at this Cushion Concert for all the family – up close, fun, informal music learning. Bring your own cushion!

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Midnight Tango – Manuel Harlan

Alice’s Day

FAMILY FRIENDLY Alice’s Day 7 July 2012 [Venue] Various across Oxford [Tickets] Free admission to most events [Info] www.storymuseum.org.uk/alice

DANCE Midnight Tango 2 – 3 July 2012 [Venue] New Theatre, Oxford [Tickets] £13.50 – £40.50 [Info] www.atgtickets.com/oxford Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires and featuring some of the finest Tango dancers in the world, Midnight Tango takes you on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city. Combining danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion, this promises to be a spectacular evening not to be missed.

FESTIVAL Henley Festival 4 – 8 July 2012 [Venue] Riverside, Henley-on-Thames [Tickets] £35 - £150 [Info] www.henley-festival.co.uk Celebrating its 30th year, the Henley Festival is one of the most extraordinary, magical, unexpected parties of the summer. With world class dining, eclectic art, roving eccentric, amazing fireworks and a stellar line-up including the likes of Sting, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Lulu and Olly Murs, this is a festival experience like no other.

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a spectacular day of street theatre, storytelling, exhibitions, walks, talks, films and a moonlight stroll. Make up a story with the new Storytelling Laureate, play giant chess and croquet at Oxford Castle Quarter, catch a ten-minute Alice musical at The Story Museum and listen to talking flowers at the Botanic Garden. Museums, restaurants, cafes and shops will be taking part with activities, book signings and special Alicean eats. Part of a series of Alice events taking place this summer co-ordinated by the Story Museum, including the Caucus Race (p.15) and Tea With Alice (p.8).

EXHIBITION Wonderland 7 July – 5 August 2012 [Venue] O3 Gallery, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.o3gallery.co.uk This summer, the O3 Gallery presents an exhibition which explores our continuing fascination with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Understanding art as capable of transporting us into a realm of dreams and imagination, this immersive group exhibition will feature a range of work including paintings, photographs, drawings and installations.

MUSIC Last Night of the Proms

7 July – 1 September 2012 [Venue] Saïd Business School, Oxford [Tickets] £10 - £30 [Info] www.creationtheatre.co.uk Creation Theatre Company presents more unmissable summer Shakespeare on the stunning rooftop amphitheatre of the Saïd Business School. Setting the passion, comedy and high drama of Shakespeare’s masterpiece against the backdrop of Mussolini’s Venice, Creation will capture the spirit of pre-war Italy in this powerful new production.

FESTIVAL Town Mayor’s Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival 8 July 2012 [Venue] People’s Park, Banbury [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.banbury.gov.uk Join an Olympic style procession through the streets of Banbury this July. A fun afternoon of Hobby Horse races will then follow from 1pm to 4pm, including show jumping, dressage and exciting Olympic style games for all the family.

Playhouse Plays Out: Hamlet

[Venue] Warriner School, Bloxham [Tickets] £12.50 [Info] www.warrinerchoralsociety.co.uk

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The Merchant of Venice

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7 July 2012

Both Warriner Choral Society and Banbury Choral Society celebrate big anniversaries this year (40 and 70 years respectively!) and to mark the occasion they will come together for this fantastic Last Night of the Proms concert. Programme highlights include Land of Hope and Glory, Pomp and Circumstance March and Jerusalem – a feast of favourites guaranteed to stir the soul!

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10 – 26 July 2012 [Venue] Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library, Oxford [Tickets] £18, concessions £15 [Info] www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Shakespeare in the Quad, copyright Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

For the fifth year running, Oxford Playhouse and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library will host the Globe Theatre on Tour, with players taking to an Elizabethan style stage in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of the Old Schools Quadrangle.

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A force of nature Two spectacular outdoor performances on an epic scale The Tree of Light is a ground-breaking project that explores the rich and fragile relationship between people and their environment. Two years in the making, it has already involved hundreds of participants from across the Thames Valley region, including forty school and community groups, as well as choreographers, singers, artists, scientists, environmentalists and countless volunteers. Since September 2011 they have been working together to create, develop and shape the epic performances that will take place this summer. The original idea for the project was conceived by Creative Producer Stewart Collins and developed with a selection of the country’s top professional artists: Charlie Morrissey, Artistic Director and Choreographer: Director, teacher and performer with over 20 years of experience creating both large and small scale site-specific performance events. Gideon Berger and Steve Gallagher of Block9, Tree Designers: Much admired Glastonbury design duo renowned the world over for their large scale installations and creation of bespoke, authentic and fully immersive environments. Orlando Gough, Composer: One of the UK’s most important composers for ballet, contemporary dance and theatrical projects, who, in 2001, was named Time Out Classical Artist of the Year. Electric Pedals, Sustainable Energy Designers: Artists, physicists, educationalists and environmentalists specialising in the creation of new and wonderful pedal powered objects.

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The Tree of Light has been rediscovered in a desolate future, a world that has undergone vast changes. A recreation of the organic tree, a giant generator of life forces, a recycler and modern day arc, it has fallen into disuse and been forgotten… until now. An extraordinary explosion of music, light, dance and theatre for the whole family, The Tree of Light promises to be one of the most exciting spectacles the region has ever seen; a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games not to be missed.

Monday 9 July 2012, South Park, Oxford 3.30pm Gates open. Bring a picnic or select from the many local food and drinks concessions on offer. Sit on the hill and enjoy the view of the dreaming spires of Oxford. 5.00pm – 7.30pm Oxford’s London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Share in the excitement of the Torch Relay and watch the Olympic Flame arrive to a stage at the top of the park. Watch the Big Screen and enjoy a range of entertainment, including headline band Young Guns. 7.30pm – 9.30pm Festive Oxford 2012 Oxford City Council and CIAO! Festival present an extravaganza of local, national and international entertainment. Highlights include roving performers, musicians, storytellers, dancers and clowns, as well as the Oxford Playhouse Theatre Tent, a sports zone and tree themed activities. 9.30pm – 10.30pm THE TREE OF LIGHT Oxford City Council and Thames Arts present The Tree of Light. As twilight falls, hundreds of dancers, singers and power-generating cyclists from across Oxfordshire will join forces to awaken a sleeping giant.

Ticket details will be announced closer to the event.

Saturday 21 July 2012, Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames 7.00pm Gates open. Bring a picnic and join the fun! Take in the atmosphere of the historic private residence of the Camoys family and then wonder at the spectacle that unfolds before your eyes… 9.30pm – 10.30pm THE TREE OF LIGHT Glorious, thought provoking and immense, the finale will bring 1200 performers from across the Thames Valley together in the beautiful grounds of Stonor Park.

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Excerpts of The Tree of Light will also be performed on Tuesday 10 July at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration. Admittance Policy: • The Tree of Light performances will go ahead in wet weather, so please come prepared with warm, weather-proof clothing. • Please bring your own picnic chairs and furniture. No gazebos will be allowed. • Glass bottles and alcohol are not permitted to be brought into South Park. Alcohol and soft drinks will be sold on site at the event. • No BBQs, sky lanterns, flares or other naked flames at either venue. • No dogs, except guide dogs. • Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Delivered by Thames Arts, a consortium of four local organisations, and Oxford City Council:

Supporters:

Oxford City Council, Reading Borough Council, Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Creative Junction, The University of Oxford, Slough Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Henley Educational Trust, More Arts Wokingham, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.

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2012 OLYMPIC GAMES This summer, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will reach right across the UK. All over the country, events, exhibitions, performances and festivals will provide opportunities for everyone – no matter who they are and where they live – to experience the excitement of the Olympics for themselves. Here, we’ve selected some of our favourite ‘Olympic inspired’ activities taking place this summer. For further information about these and other ways to get involved (including simultaneous, nationwide bell-ringing and the UK’s biggest celebration of dance!) visit www.festival.london2012.com and www.oxfordinspires.org.

EXHIBITION

Paul Cummins – Ceramic Flowers 1 June – 17 September 2012 [ Venue] Blenheim Palace, Woodstock [Tickets] £11.50, concessions £8.50, children £6, family £30 [Info] www.blenheimpalace.com A remarkable installation of 200 ceramic delphiniums specially created for Blenheim Palace by fine ceramic artist Paul Cummins. Cummins, who is known for his distinctive landscape installations, has been commissioned to create six pop-up gardens across the country as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Paul Cummins, Ceramic Flowers

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Mr Rochester’s Extraordinary Story Loom 26 June – 9 September 2012 [Venue] The Story Museum, Oxford [Tickets] TBC [Info] www.storymuseum.org.uk Try your hand at weaving your own story with the help of this fabulous storymaking machine. The Story Loom gathers information from its surroundings and combines them with human emotions to ‘weave’ stories, using mechanical versions of an author’s imaginative tools. Can the mechanical story-maker outperform a human author? Now is your chance to find out!

Mr Rochester Extraordinary Story Loom – Marc West

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The Games 7 July 2012 [Venue] Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot [Tickets] £14, concessions £12.50 [Info] www.cornerstone-arts.org Just as the Olympic Torch comes to Oxfordshire, so this hilarious and energetic tale set at the ancient Olympics comes to Cornerstone. Our three unwitting heroes are caught up in a celestial bet between the gods. They travel to compete in the ancient Olympics and take on the heroes of the sporting world, with epic results for mankind…

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Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 7 – 29 July 2012 [Venue] Old Osney Power Station, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.modernartoxford.org.uk Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 is the latest project in Modern Art Oxford’s offsite programme, and the culmination of artist John Gerrard’s work in the city. Presented as a large-scale cinematic installation in the dramatic setting of a disused Power Station, the simulation will screen for a three-week period this July. Coinciding with the presence of the Olympic Torch in Oxford, it promises a contemporary response to the wider summer spectacles of athletic competition, collective cooperation, and the exercise and representation of power.

Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 – Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin

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The Caucus Race 8 July 2012 [Venue] Christ Church Meadow, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.storymuseum.org.uk/caucus Things may not be quite what they seem in this free, frabjous, futterwackening re-enactment of the Caucus Race. In the spirit of the original story, everyone is invited to join in and all are winners! Visitors will be greeted by a curious array of well-loved creatures, from the Dodo to the Dormouse, and there will be opportunities to sing, dance or simply do as you please. Part of a series of Alice events taking place this summer coordinated by the Story Museum, including Tea with Alice (p. 8) and Alice’s Day (p.11).

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Mesh – Oxford International Youth Arts Festival 19 – 28 July 2012 [Venue] Pegasus, The North Wall Arts Centre and The Newman Rooms, Oxford [Tickets] Various [Info] www.pegasustheatre.org.uk The world comes to Oxford this July as teenagers from France, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Thailand, Iraq and the UK join forces to wow audiences with their energy, talent and creativity. As well as dance and drama, highlights of the ten day line-up include a grand debate on human rights and young people’s mental health, street theatre in Oxford city centre and a grand finale performance.

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DruidMurphy 18 – 25 August 2012 [Venue] Oxford Playhouse [Tickets] Individual show £20, concessions £18 (full cycles more) [Info] www.oxfordplayhouse.com Tony Award-winning Druid Theatre Company presents DruidMurphy, a major retrospective of the work of Tom Murphy, one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, this sweeping tale allows us to see who we are, regardless of where we might call home. Told over the course of three evenings, or in an entire cycle on one day, DruidMurphy promises to be one of the theatrical events of 2012.

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MUSIC Battle Proms Evening Picnic Concert 14 July 2012 [Venue] Blenheim Palace, Woodstock [Tickets] Separate admission charges apply [Info] www.battleproms.com The ever-popular Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace is the ultimate summer event, offering something for everyone: a stunning setting, rousing classical favourites, breathtaking spitfire fly-over, bold cavalry and infantrymen, and of course the thunderous cannons and fireworks!

EXHIBITION Oxfordshire Craft Guild 14 July - 5 August 2012 [Venue] West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.westoxarts.com West Ox Arts Gallery presents an exhibition of exciting and unique work by Oxfordshire Craft Guild members, including a high-quality selection of ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

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Wuthering Heights

The Jealous Lover and Blaise the Cobbler

Archaeology Day

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[Venue] The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury [Tickets] TBC [Info] www.banburycrossplayers.co.uk

[Venue] Oxford Castle Quarter [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk Discover more about Oxford’s hidden history on Archaeology Day, brought to you by Oxford Preservation Trust. Enjoy displays, informative talks and engaging educational activities for all ages. Whether you’re a genuine enthusiast or just a little bit curious, this promises to be a great day out for all.

Socially unequal but spiritually united, Heathcliff and Cathy are torn apart by the forces that surround them… Wuthering Heights, the celebrated saga of two Yorkshire families, is brought to life in this stylised adaptation featuring 5 actors, 5 umbrellas, 5 chairs and a window seat.

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TRUCK Festival

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16 – 22 July 2012 [Venue] Various venues in Henley-on-Thames [Tickets] £6 – £15 [Info] www.henleyfringe.org

[Venue] Hill Farm, Steventon [Tickets] Weekend ticket £69, under 12’s free admission [Info] www.truckfestival.com

The Henley Fringe is a growing annual festival that is fast becoming recognised as a preview venue for the Edinburgh Fringe. Taking place in various locations around the Oxfordshire town of Henley-on-Thames, the festival prides itself on bringing professional theatre to your local area. This year there is something for everyone, including comedy, musicals, new writing, drama and children’s theatre.

Oxfordshire’s pioneering independent festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with a host of great national and local acts on the TRUCK Stage, the Big Top and the returning Barn Stage. Now under new management and with a great value new price, this year’s TRUCK looks set to be a classic. Confirmed artists so far include The Temper Trap, Mystery Jets, Tim Minchin, British Sea Power, The Low Anthem and Guillemots.

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20 – 21 July 2012 [Venue] The Deanery Garden, Bampton [Tickets] £30 [Info] www.bamptonopera.org Bampton Classical Opera’s well-established reputation is founded on a policy of producing lively and accessible productions of exceptional musical standards. Working with some of the country’s best young singers, BCO is committed to providing relaxed, informal opera at affordable prices. This June, they present a double-bill of classic French comedy: Blaise le savetier (Blaise the Cobbler), the amusing tale of a couple who cannot pay their rent, and L’amant jaloux (The Jealous Lover), the story of a young widow’s attempts to remarry in the face of opposition.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Olympic Adventure Trail 21 July – 3 September 2012 [Venue] Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.prm.ox.ac.uk Compete in the museums’ games to gain points and earn your place on the winners’ podium. Will you win bronze, silver or gold?

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A rt in Action 19 – 22 July 2012 [ Venue ] Waterperry House, near Wheatley

Art in Action is one of the longest running festivals of fine art and master craftsmanship in the UK. This July it will open its doors for the 34th time, inviting approximately 150 artists to set up their studios and demonstrate their skills to an enthusiastic public. Over the course of the four day event, festival-goers can observe artists creating sculpture, prints, ceramics, illustrations, glass, metalwork, textiles and more. By getting up close and asking questions, visitors are given a unique insight into the skills and procedures necessary for the production of fine arts and crafts. This year the festival will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and will see a number of artists take the royal theme in their demonstrations. A special Jubilee marquee will also showcase the work of artists from Commonwealth countries, including Australian calligrapher Dave Wood and Kim Myerson, a South African painter who describes her style as ‘contemporary realism.’ In addition to the artwork on show, visitors can also enjoy live music and performing arts from around the world, attend lectures on a variety of subjects, and learn from teachers in the hugely popular practical classes. Over the course of the festival, there will be the opportunity for over 3000 visitors to take a class, with subjects offered ranging from mosaic making and enamelling to glass engraving and weaving. Art in Action is a celebration of creativity as well as a great day out for families and art lovers alike, so don’t miss it. For more information visit www.artinaction.org.uk

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EXHIBITION Dreams of Gold 21 July – 8 September 2012 [Venue] Banbury Museum [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.banburymuseum.org Relight the flame of Olympics past. Using memorabilia and images, this exhibition traces the chequered history of the Games through the ages – including the first official event held in Athens and the Hendon ‘Mock Olympics’ of 1786.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Quest 24 July – 2 September 2012 [Venue] The Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay [Tickets] Free with entry to the Arboretum, £40 refundable deposit required for the GPS unit [Info] www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk Join in the outdoor treasure hunt, where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to locate hidden boxes or “caches”. The Quest trails will take you on a unique tour of the Arboretum, with each cache containing a range of tree and physicsrelated activities for you to do along the way.

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Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good

Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and Summer Academy

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EXHIBITION OneOak 25 July – 4 October 2012 [Venue] Blenheim Palace, Woodstock [Tickets] £11.50, concessions £8.50, children £6, family £30 [Info] www.blenheimpalace.com The OneOak Exhibition tells the full life story of a 222 year old oak tree, which was felled from woodland on the Blenheim Palace Estate for its timber. The tree was donated to the Sylva Foundation and became the focus of a unique education project aiming to bring people closer to the growing of trees for wood. Dreams of Gold – The 100m race, 1896 Athens

[Venue] The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury [Tickets] £12, concessions £10 [Info] www.themillartscentre.co.uk Returning to The Mill, the wonderful Patrick Monahan brings us another instalment of his superb anecdotal comedy. Brought up in Middlesbrough by his Iranian mother and Irish dad, he has had a meteoric rise up the comedy ladder and is now a regular MC and headlining act at top comedy clubs across the country.

FESTIVAL Beer and Music Festival 27 – 29 July 2012 [Venue] Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.cornerstone-arts.org

28 July – 5 August 2012 [Venue] Various [Tickets] Various [Info] www.oxfordphil.com The remarkable success of Oxford Philomusica over the past thirteen years is mirrored in that of its annual Piano Festival and Summer Academy, which uniquely combines master-classes with a programme of evening recitals and concerts. The growth in stature and reputation of this event is clear from the calibre of musicians and teachers taking part, the keenness of students to return year after year, and its profile in the international music community, media and beyond. Patrick Monahan – Ellis O’Brien

Join Cornerstone for their fourth annual beer and music festival. In addition to a fine selection of ales, ciders and lagers, many brought to you from local micro-breweries, Cornerstone presents the biggest ever line-up of solo artists and bands to play your evenings away. It’s a mini festival right in the centre of Didcot!

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FAMILY FRIENDLY Family Learning – Magnificent Mosaics 9 August 2012 [Venue] The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock [Tickets] £1.50 per child [Info] www.tomocc.org.uk

RIVER RUNS

Visit the Oxfordshire Museum for a family friendly drop-in session inspired by the Stonesfield Embroidery. On display in the Roman Oxfordshire Gallery, the embroidery is a rare surviving example of an 18th century piece of needlework depicting a Roman mosaic pavement.

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Record Breaking Leaves 9 August 2012 [Venue] The University of Oxford Botanic Garden [Tickets] Free admission with entry to the garden [Info] www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk Which leaves are the longest? Which are the strongest? Find out and create a leaf inspired mini wall hanging at this family friendly activity session.

Urbonas Studio, Nader Tehrani Nadaaa – The Liquid Archive, 2011

30 July – 19 August 2012 [ Venue ] Modern Art Oxford [ Tickets] Free admission

River Runs, a unique project by artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas and writer Tracey Warr, aims to enhance our understanding and valuing of rivers, especially in relation to citizenship and belonging.

Shadowlight Artist Mark Barber – Sergio Cruz

EXHIBITION Shadowlight Artists Preview Event 9 August 2012 [Venue] Modern Art Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.filmoxford.org/artist The Shadowlight Artists are a collective of artists with learning disabilities. ‘Digital Lives’ is their new construct: eight distinct, challenging and radically different digital art productions. Using dance, animation, drama and documentary, the group explore their own creativity in the context of their environment and the lives that they lead.

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During a three week residency, Modern Art Oxford’s ‘Project Space' will be transformed into a River Research Centre, opening its doors to various groups of people as they work to make river issues more visible and tangible. This will include the design and launch of a floating sculpture, and the broadcast of river films on a water mist screen on the Thames in Oxford. A number of open studio days and aquatic bio-mimicry workshops for both children and adults will also take place. For more information about the project, visit www.vilma.cc/river

‘The river… suggests far-away places and distant memories, and gives to the urban citizens a most needed sense of freedom’’ Urbonas Studio, Nader Tehrani Nadaaa – The Liquid Archive, 2011 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Wilderness Festival 10 – 12 August 2012 [ Venue ] Cornbury Park, Charlbury [ Tickets ] £139, under 17’s £49.75, under 10’s free admission, family £260 [ Info ] www.wildernessfestival.com

The award winning Wilderness Festival returns for a second time this summer. Set in the wilds of England against an exquisite backdrop of lakes, forests and parklands, Wilderness 2012 will offer a feast for all the senses. Curated by the producers of Lovebox and Secret Garden Party, festival-goers will be treated to an intoxicating mix of music, dance, food, talks, debates, theatre and late night parties. Outdoor pursuits will also feature high on the agenda, with the stunning landscape of Cornbury Park

providing the perfect setting for wild swimming, lakeside hot tubs, fly fishing, natural crafts and boating. Some of the finest names in musicianship have already been confirmed for the festival, including Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, pulse pounding orchestra C.U.B.A., Chicago stalwarts Wilco, rock icons Spiritualized and local favorites Stornoway. Award winning curators, pioneering arts and breath-taking scenery; what more could you need?

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The Sword in the Stone

Mami Shikimori - Oxford Proms

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[Venue] Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley [Tickets] £13, under 16’s £8.50 [Info] www.waterperrygardens.co.uk

[Venue] Oxford Town Hall [Tickets] £20, £15, £12, under 12’s £7.50 [Info] www.ticketsoxford.com

Take a merry romp through the magical and mysterious world of Merlin in this musical adaptation of The Sword in the Stone. Cambridge Touring Theatre Company makes its debut at Waterperry Gardens this August, in a show suitable for everyone from the age of 3 to 93!

Oxford Proms welcome international pianist Mami Shikimori to the Town Hall this August. She will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto 21 ‘Elvira Madigan’ – one of the composer’s best-loved works. Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, replete with flowing melodies, will also be performed by the Oxford Proms Orchestra, led by conductor John Traill.

FESTIVAL White Horse Folk Festival

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Small Blessings: Amulets, Magic and Medicine

[Venue] Grove, near Wantage [Tickets] £25 for the weekend (including camping) [Info] www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk White Horse Folk Festival is a small, intimate, friendly affair, where a strong emphasis is placed on taking part. Everyone is encouraged to get involved with the weekend’s events, and there is always ample opportunity to sing, play or tell stories. Invited performers will host workshops and mini-concerts, and local and visiting dance sides will be on hand to add a splash of colour to proceedings – superb folky fun!

FESTIVAL Elder Stubbs Festival 18 August 2012 [Venue] Elder Stubbs Allotments, Oxford [Tickets] £1.50, under 12’s free admission [Info] www.restore.org.uk A fun family day out in the heart of East Oxford, complete with food, music, performances and stalls. This year, the festival celebrates the 35th anniversary of Restore – the mental health recovery charity that supports adults across the county and aims to increase awareness of mental health issues.

18 August 2012 [Venue] Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.prm.ox.ac.uk Join the Small Blessings Research Consultant, Dr Charlotte Bates, to hear about the baffling and beautiful amulets assembled by the French ethnologist Adrien de Mortillet more than a century ago. During this illustrated talk, Charlotte will highlight some of the medicinal beliefs and stories behind the religious and folklore objects in this curious collection.

FAIR Banbury Food Fair 19 August 2012 [Venue] Market Place, Banbury [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.banbury.gov.uk The brand new Banbury Food Fair will recognise and explore the wide range of food and drink produced in the town and surrounding area. It will celebrate the art of food and drink making, and provide an opportunity for visitors to sample the sociable atmosphere that accompanies eating and drinking – either with friends or with strangers.

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10 – 13 August 2012 [Venue ] Braziers Park, Ipsden [ Tickets ] £65 [ Info ] www.supernormalfestival.co.uk Braziers International Artists’ Workshop presents Supernormal, an intimate, non-profit event that blurs the boundaries between art and music, performer and audience. Held at eco-site Braziers Park, the festival is determinedly small – born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit. Offering a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively, Supernormal is an innovative weekend of art-focussed practice, where both impromptu and timetabled events can surprise and delight. Festival goers can expect to see a host of experimental and acoustic artists performing across two main stages: the hand-built, permanent and lovingly named ‘shed stage’, and an artist built stage, part temporary artwork and installation, part working performance area. Plans are also afoot for workshops, film screenings, talks and discussions, pop-up performances, art installations and camp-fire gatherings. Supernormal is stimulating, playful, spontaneous, warm and magical – be part of it.

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FESTIVAL Towersey Festival 23 – 27 August 2012 [Venue] Towersey, near Thame [Tickets] £6 – £120 [Info] www.towerseyfestival.com At 48 years old, Towersey is the original independent festival! Delivering so much more than your average weekend event, it’s all about great music with real roots. Add a dash of dance, spoken word, street theatre, art, film, song, great campsites and a truly unique village location, and you have something very special indeed.

FESTIVAL Woodstock Live Music Festival 25 – 26 August 2012 [Venue] Town Square, Woodstock [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.woodstocklive.co.uk The Woodstock Live Festival, now in its 8th year, brings an eclectic mix of live music into the centre of the town. There’s something for all tastes, and all for free! Woodstock’s many bars, restaurants and hotels will welcome visitors, and there will also be a wide selection of food and drink on offer in the square. A weekend of great music and even greater atmosphere – don’t miss it.

FESTIVAL Scarecrow Festival 25 – 27 August 2012 [Venue] Cogges Manor Farm, Witney [Tickets] Normal admission applies [Info] www.cogges.org.uk Find out what Cogges’ scarecrows have been up to. Have a go at making your own bird-scarer and take part in some fun craft activities. Can you find any more scarecrows hidden throughout the town?

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FAMILY FRIENDLY Earth Trust Picnic 26 August 2012 [Venue] Earth Trust, Little Wittenham [Tickets] Call Victoria on 01865 409425 for details [Info] www.earthtrust.org.uk In 1753, a picnic was held at Petworth House to which 5,000 sat down for a tremendous feast. Earth Trust is inspired to do likewise, and plans to hold the UK’s largest picnic at a single venue this August – with the aim of entering The Guinness Book of World Records. Picnic-goers will also be treated to stalls, displays and entertainment.

MUSIC Oxfordshire Schools Orchestra Summer Concert 31 August 2012 [Venue] Centre for Music, Bayards Hill School, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/music Following on from their residential visit to the New Forest, the youngest of Oxfordshire’s Youth Orchestras (ages 9 – 14) will be concluding the year with their end of season concert. The Orchestra has been rehearsing a wide range of pieces for this occasion, which is open for all to come along and enjoy.

THEATRE West Side Story 29 August – 1 September 2012 [Venue] Pegasus, Oxford [Tickets] £10, concessions £8 [Info] www.pegasustheatre.org.uk

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RicNic comes to Oxford after 8 successful years in Hampshire and numerous awards, giving the city’s 16 to 19 year olds the chance to run the show. West Side Story is an American musical that explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs through the love story of Tony and Maria. Passion, friendship, gang fights and despair are set against the backdrop of 1950s New York and a score of famous songs.

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Banbury Street Organ Festival and Town Criers’ Competition

Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition

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[Venue] Banbury town centre [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.banbury.gov.uk

[Venue] The Saïd Business School, Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordartsociety.org.uk

Town Criers from around the country bring an eclectic mix of colour and noise to the streets of Banbury as they battle against each other for the coveted title of Banbury Champion. Street Organ Grinders will also be situated around the town throughout the day, thrilling shoppers and passers-by with the wonderful sounds of their handdriven organs.

The Oxford Art Society holds three open exhibitions each year, providing an opportunity for accomplished local artists with diverse and exciting styles to display their work. Don’t miss the opportunity to see their next one at the beautiful Saïd Business School this September.

FAIR Wychwood Forest Fair 2 September 2012 [Venue] Foxburrow Wood, near Witney [Tickets] £6, under 16’s free admission [Info] www.wychwoodproject.org The Wychwood Forest Fair has become a popular annual event celebrating the diversity and richness of both the natural world, and the working and leisure activities of local people. This year’s event will include a wide range of attractions such as local food stalls, rural crafts, a fun fair, Morris Dancers, storytelling and a brass band.

MUSIC Music in the Abbey 6 – 9 September 2012 [Venue] Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames [Tickets] Various [Info] www.osj.org.uk A four day festival at the stunning Dorchester Abbey, courtesy of the Orchestra of St John’s. Founded by Artistic Director John Lubbock in 1967, the Orchestra has become one of the most inspiring in the country; their vast breadth of activity includes recording award winning rock albums, as well as involvement in local community programmes and school workshops. Over the course of the festival expect to hear movements from Bach and Mozart, as well as songs and duets from the world of opera.

Crabby Taylor at the Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition

THEATRE Shoothorses 6 – 15 September 2012 [Venue] The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford [Tickets] £12, concessions £10 [Info] www.thenorthwall.com Two eras connected: the ritual exploitation for profit of today’s Reality TV obsession, and the 1930’s craze for marathon dances in L.A. during the Great Depression. Timely and urgent, this explosive drama unfolds through the use of stunning choreography, stark visuals and a compelling soundtrack, to bring this period piece of recession art hurtling into the 21st century.

FAMILY FRIENDLY Oxford Open Doors 8 – 9 September 2012 [Venue] Various across Oxford [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk Once again, Oxford will open its doors for this annual weekend in celebration of everything that makes the city so special – its historic, modern, green, urban and suburban spaces, but most of all its people. This year there will be something to interest everyone, from hidden gems and curious corners to stunning buildings and secret spaces – so get exploring!

FESTIVAL The Woodstock Literary Festival 12 – 16 September 2012 [Venue] Various across Woodstock [Tickets] From £10 [Info] www.woodstockliteraryfestival.com

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Established in 2005, the Woodstock Literary Festival has rapidly risen to become one of Britain’s most popular boutique literary events. Situated at various venues throughout the historic market town of Woodstock, this relaxed yet invigorating festival comprises five days of talks and events on subjects as varied as history, art, current affairs, politics, gardening, food and religion.

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The Henley Literary Festival

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[Venue] Church Street, Charlbury [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.charlburystreetfair.org

[Venue] Various across Henley-on-Thames [Tickets] From £5 [Info] www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

A charming and colourful family event featuring stalls, slideshows, dancing, music, tombola and an auction. Running annually since 1955, the Charlbury Street Fair has acted as a focal point for the local community for over a half a century. This year the fair is being held to help raise funds for the upkeep of two community buildings, both of which are central to Charlbury’s many clubs and societies.

The Henley Literary Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious book events in the country. The high profile nature of its authors rivals that of Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham – but it is the intimacy of Henley-on-Thames that gives it such a distinctive personality. This year, the festival will cover politics, current affairs, fiction, biography, history, lifestyle, sport and poetry.

FESTIVAL Keeping it Local 15 – 16 September 2012 [Venue] Oxford Castle Quarter [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.oxfordcastle.com Keeping it Local is a new annual festival designed to celebrate the outstanding quality and richness of Oxfordshire’s producers, purveyors and performers. Inspired by the wealth of local talent and quality produce that the county is known for, this two day event will include talks, workshops, gigs, stalls and activities – all in honour of the wondrous riches we can find right here on our door-step every day.

The Henley Literary Festival

FAMILY FRIENDLY Combe Mill Steaming Event 16 September 2012 [Venue] Combe Mill, Witney [Tickets] £4.50, concessions £3, under 5’s free admission [Info] www.combemill.org Visit Combe Mill and enjoy the results of their recent improvement project, which includes the development of a brand new riverside visitor centre. Plenty of hands on activities as well as working equipment (including a steam beam engine and waterwheel) and live demonstrations promise to make for an enjoyable visit.

THEATRE Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune 19 – 22 and 26 – 29 September 2012 [Venue] The Theatre, Chipping Norton [Tickets] £14, concessions £12 [Info] www.chippingnortontheatre.com After one too many hurtful relationships, the last thing that waitress Frankie wants is a new man. Yet here she is, lying next to Johnny, a compulsive talker and hopeless romantic. Two very normal, very real people, sparring, spatting and sparkling their way through the one-hundred-and-one reasons why people never fall in love.

GUIDED WALK Wallingford History Walks

FESTIVAL Thame Food Festival 2012 29 September 2012 [Venue] Thame town centre [Tickets] Free admission [Info] www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk A free, fun-packed, family friendly celebration showcasing artisan food produce, producers and retailers from across the region. Visitors will be treated to celebrity chef demonstrations, talks, workshops and street entertainment, as well as a huge variety of exhibitor stalls to sample and buy from.

COMEDY Mark Watson – Live 2012 29 September 2012 [Venue] New Theatre, Oxford [Tickets] £16 [Info] www.atgtickets.com/oxford Mark Watson was a victim of identity theft… someone posed as him and took all of his money. It made him think about the power of the internet, the way to stop crime forever and live in a better world. He has now finished thinking about these things and is ready to present his findings, laced with a barrage of new jokes, stories, observations and anecdotes.

22 September 2012 [Venue] Wallingford Museum [Tickets] £5 [Info] www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk

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Back by popular demand! Take part in two historic guided walks through the streets of Wallingford, led by local historian and museum curator Judy Dewey. Choose from a castle history walk or a town history walk – either way, you’re sure to have a fascinating day out.

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CALENDAR

Summer 2012

Explore Oxford

16 – 22 July

Henley Fringe

8 March – 1 July

Al-Qur’an al-Kari’: Sacred Verses, Beautiful Pages

18 – 21 July

Wuthering Heights

31 March – 30 September

The Perfect Rower

19 – 22 July

Art in Action

11 May – 9 September

The Renaissance in Astronomy

19 – 28 July

MESH – Oxford International Youth Arts Festival

23 May – 24 June

Prints by Peter Rhoades – A Retrospective

20 – 21 July

TRUCK Festival

26 May – 9 June

The Sunningwell Festival of Music and Arts

20 – 21 July

The Jealous Lover and Blaise the Cobbler

29 May – 25 June

Darren Nisbett: Echoes for Company

21 July –3 September

Olympic Adventure Trail

31 May – 2 June

Minsk, 2011

21 July – 8 September

Dreams of Gold

1 – 4 June

Museum from the Future

24 July – 2 September

Quest

1 June – 17 September

Paul Cummins – Ceramic Flowers

25 July – 4 October

OneOak

2 – 5 June

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

26 July

Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good

2 June – 9 July

Ribbons of Unity

27 – 29 July

Beer and Music Festival

2 June – 28 October

Dickens and his World

28 July – 5 August

7 June

Family Learning – Jubilation

Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and Summer Academy

7 June

Shakespeare in the Islamic World: The Comedy of Errors

30 July – 19 August

River Runs

7 June

Mary Hampton Cotillion

Family Learning – Magnificent Mosaics

8 – 17 June

Ten Years of Oxford Pride

9 August XXX 9 August

8 – 29 June

All Is Not Lost

9 August

Shadowlight Artists Preview Event

9 June

Mirror Mosaic Workshop

10 – 12 August

Wilderness Festival

9 June

The D-Day Darlings

10 – 13 August

Supernormal Festival

9 June

The Making of the Drum

15 August

The Sword in the Stone

15 June – 7 July

Deddington Festival

17 – 19 August

White Horse Folk Festival

17 June – 15 July

On Form 2012

18 August

Elder Stubbs Festival

22 June

Jubilee Concert 2012

18 August

Mami Shikimori - Oxford Proms

23 June

Spin! Action!

18 August

Small Blessings: Amulets, Magic and Medicine

26 June – 9 September

Mr Rochester's Extraordinary Story Loom

18 – 25 August

DruidMurphy

28 June 2012

Oxford Philomusica Chamber Series

19 August

Banbury Food Fair

29 June – 1 July

The Cornbury Festival

23 – 27 August

Towersey Festival

29 June – 8 July

MCS Arts Festival

25 – 26 August

Woodstock Live Music Festival

30 June – 22 September

Creation Station: Game On!

25 – 27 August

Scarecrow Festival

26 August

Earth Trust Picnic

29 August – 1 September

West Side Story

31 August

Oxfordshire Schools Orchestra Summer Concert

1 September

Banbury Street Organ Festival and Town Criers’ Competition

2 September

Wychwood Forest Fair

4 – 30 September

Oxford Art Society Open Exhibition

6 – 9 September

Music in the Abbey

6 – 15 September

Shoothorses

8 – 9 September

Oxford Open Doors

12 – 16 September

The Woodstock Literary Festival

15 September

Charlbury Street Fair

15 – 16 September

Keeping it Local

16 September

Combe Mill Steaming Event Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Late June – mid September Tea with Alice

Record Breaking Leaves

Throughout July

Mapping Wonderland

1 July

Independence Day

1 July

Cushion Concert: Koto

2 – 3 July

Midnight Tango

4 – 8 July

Henley Festival

7 July

Last Night of the Proms

7 July

Alice’s Day

7 July

The Games

7 – 29 July

Exercise (Djibouti) 2012

7 July – 5 August

Wonderland

7 July – 1 September

The Merchant of Venice

8 July

Town Mayor’s Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival

8 July

The Caucus Race

19 – 22 & 26 – 29 September

9 & 21 July

The Tree of Light

22 September

Wallingford History Walks

10 – 26 July

Playhouse Plays Out: Hamlet

24 – 30 September

The Henley Literary Festival

14 July

Battle Proms Evening Picnic Concert

29 September

Thame Food Festival 2012

14 July - 5 August

Oxfordshire Craft Guild

29 September

Mark Watson – Live 2012

15 July

Archaeology Day

23 November

Christmas Light Night

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