St Ives September Festival
 

WELCOME TO THE 2024 ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL . . . . .

ST IVES will once again be buzzing with 15 event-packed days of music and arts at the 2024 September Festival.

Tree Toni at AspectsThe Festival will burst into life on Saturday September 14 with the first of two vibrant Saturday afternoons of street entertainment, sponsored for a third successive year by Aspects.
It runs until Saturday September 28 with, hopefully, something for everyone. As well as daily music at a selection of venues all over town there will be films, exhibitions, art and craft workshops, walks, talks and so much more.
Many events are free, including lunchtime music and poetry in Norway Square (pictured right) on all 15 days of the Festival. Plus Open Studios with artists inviting people into their studios – some not normally open to the public – to view and discuss their work. 

Whatever your Festival interest, check the relevant pages on this website for regular updates, including on the bar above What’s On Daily, Exhibitions, Workshops and the individual Venue pages.

NEW FOR 2024 . . .

LEGENDARY CORNWALL SONGWRITER HARRY GLASSON, who wrote the modern-day anthem Cornwall My Home, talks about his extraordinary life in An Audience With… singer-songwriter Will Keating as they perform Harry’s songs at St Ives Arts Club on Sunday September 15. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .

ARKANGEL’S CIDER WITH ROSIE sees Katherine and Alan Clark (right) return to the Mariner’s Gallery on Wednesday September 18 with their new show – another Laurie Lee classic as they follow-up last year’s successful As I Walked Out . . . with their latest Arts Council-backed creation. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .

CATCH THE WIND: ST IVES IN THE 60s, the new film from award-winning Newlyn-based director Diana Taylor will be screened four times at the Arts Club during this year’s September Festival, with a special Swinging 60s Theme Night on Tuesday September 17. READ MORE AND BOOK . . .

 

MAKING THEIR SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL DEBUTS at St Ia Church are Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tango In the Night, (pictured right)rogressive world folk trio The Trouble Notes and rising Cornwall indie-pop singer Daisy Clark READ MORE AND BOOK

 

…and some old favourites return

SPOT THE ARTIST, St Ives Rotary’s popular charity art sale returns to Porthmeor Studios on the Festival’s middle weekend. Viewing days will be on Friday and Saturday (September 20 and 21) with the sale on the Sunday (September 22). See PORTHMEOR STUDIOS page for full details.

ST IVES ENTERTAINS was a regular Festival favourite in the pre-Covid years. It returns this year at a new venue – Carbis Bay Memorial Hall. See the SPECIAL EVENTS page for full details and ticket-booking.

POPULAR PERFORMERS RETURNING include St Ives very own Molly Hocking, Bailey Tomkinson, shanty group Bryher’s Boys and the Celtic Male Ensemble choir at St Ia Church . . . with the Arts Club line-up omnce again including Martyn Barker, Carly and Sven, Green Diesel, Du Glas, Baldrick’s Plan, Nicole Tesseyman  and comedian Rob Barratt. Check out the Venue pages.

THANKS to all the visitors and locals who supported our hugely-successful 2023 Festival. We hope to see you in 2024 along with lots of September Festival newcomers.

MAKE YOUR EVENT PART OF THE 2024 ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL

If you would like your music or arts event, exhibition or workshop, walk or talk – or pretty much anything else really! – to be part of the 2024 St Ives September Festival email us at info@stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

THE 2024 SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL will inevitably have a slightly “different” look  with The Guildhall, the town’s largest venue, closed until the Spring of 2025 for a major renovation project. But the temporary enforced change offers the opportunity for bigger audiences and more attention for rising stars to step into the Festival spotlight at other venues all over town.
These are, however, exciting times at The Guildhall and the short-term loss of the venue will hopefully provide the town – and the St Ives September Festival – with a much-improved facility, with a bigger audience capacity, for years to come.

A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

Councillor Johnnie Wells, Mayor of St Ives, writes:
“Yet again the September Festival has filled St Ives with some late summer music, arts and general coming togetherness! A huge thank-you to all the volunteers and organisers of all the events.”
Talking about the Guildhall project, he added: ““It’s pretty exciting to see what the future holds for this amazing space.”

THE ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU!

More than 250 events which made up last year’s St Ives September Festival were co-ordinated by a main organising committee of just five people – and that number needs to increase if the Festival is to continue, attract more innovative events and progress in its current form.
Some good people, who had provided many years of hard work and experience, left the volunteer-run Festival in the aftermath of the Covid lockdown and the organisers would love to hear from anyone wishing to join the Festival team. Particularly enthusiastic people with ideas they would like to bring to the Festival and develop.
“We are very flexible, there are no set times or hours and you can basically contribute and work on what appeals to you,” is the message from the Festival. Interested? Email info@stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk tell us what you can offer and we’ll get back to you.”

SPECIAL THANKS TO:-

All our wonderful sponsors – Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resort, St Ives Town Council, St Ives BID, Aspects Holidays, St Ives Brewery, St Ives Rotary, Carbis Bay Holidays, A1 Cars and Greenwood Wilson accountants. If your company or organisation would like to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring the St Ives September Festival please email us at info@stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk and we’ll get someone to talk to you.

The dates for future years’ September Festivals are:
2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th

ST IVES SEPTEMBER FESTIVAL SPONSORS