Cultivate Arts Festival

Sunday 23rd – Sunday 30th June 2019

The first Cultivate Arts Festival took place over four days from 21st - 24th June 2018 on the theme of ‘Beauty, Order, Abundance’.

Over 2000 visitors enjoyed a variety of art exhibitions and installations, drama, poetry, music and dance on offer at eight locations across the town of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Supported by Harpenden Churches Together, the festival will develop into a bi-annual festival, with additional events running during 2019. 

Cultivate Arts Festival is the brainchild of John Swain from Harpenden Churches Together, who explains: ‘Hosting art events in our churches makes them seem more accessible and less scary, and conversations are prompted about art, beauty, and God’s love.’

Some of the highlights from last year included imaginative installations, art exhibitions and musical performances around the theme of Beauty, Order and Abundance.

The next theme is Generosity. The idea is to begin a conversation around how using our creativity can shape a generous mind-set. Sharing our creative gifts with our neighbours, and expecting nothing in return, will hopefully surprise and delight, and foster the spirit of generosity in others.

We want to encourage people to slow down and enjoy the moment as they contemplate an art work, a poem, a performance or a concert. The festival offers the opportunity for people to feel restored and reconnected to each other and to God’s generosity through their participation in the creative arts. 

By offering a free programme of varied events, Cultivate Arts Festival plants the seeds of an alternative life-vision, a counter-cultural movement in reaction to the busy, results-orientated lives that many of us lead today. 

You are warmly invited to join the conversation!