Cultivate Arts Festival - Harpenden

Thursday 21st  - Sunday 24th June 2018

This summer, Harpenden will host its first festival celebrating the creative arts.

‘Cultivate’ takes place over four days, at a variety of locations across the town, where there will be exhibitions, concerts, art installations, plays, poetry readings, creative workshops and events for everyone to enjoy and get involved in.  A Trail Map is available to help plan your journey so you don’t miss a thing.

Cultivate Arts Festival is the brainchild of John Swain from Harpenden Churches Together, who commented: ‘The idea came from a similar event I’d seen when on holiday. I was excited by the idea of people from across the town coming together to share their enthusiasm for the arts. The theme that runs through all our events is ‘Beauty, Order and Abundance’  - so you’re in for a treat.’

Some of the highlights of the programme include imaginative and exciting installations. 

Enter the world of Narnia as the Methodist church on the High Street is transformed into a wonderland. There will be a promenade performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ on Friday evening and two performances on Saturday.


At St John’s church in Southdown, an ambitious art installation will fill the space with colour and ribbons.  Based on the theme of the environment and our place within it, there will be an accompanying programme of inspiring walks, talks, music and wine.

In addition, a variety of art will be on show and on sale throughout the four days at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Rothamsted Avenue and at Christ Church in Vaughan Road, with an art demonstration on Saturday afternoon. Try your hand at quilting at Cornelia’s coffee shop on Saturday morning. Come and join the dance performance and workshop at Christ Church on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy Harpenden Choral Society’s concert of sacred music in St Nicholas’ church on Saturday evening. 

As a grand finale to the festival, there will be a music concert for everyone on Sunday evening at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church.

Local artist Rory Browne who is part of the organising team adds: ‘We are thrilled with the variety of events on offer – there is sure to be something for everyone.’

Pick up a Cultivate Trail Map from the library, your local church or at the Harpenden Churches Together stand at the Carnival on Saturday 9th June.

For details of the full programme of events and activities please visit: