St Ives September Festival


HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported, helped with and attended the 2021 St Ives September Festival of music and arts as we returned following last year’s unavoidable cancellation.

Many difficulties had to be overcome to get our show back on the road with the 2021 Festival being organised in a much shorter timescale and with a greatly-reduced team following all the Covid lockdowns and restrictions – but we are proud to have made it!

All our sponsors – Tregenna Castle Hotel and Resorts, St Ives Town Council, St Ives BID, St Ives Rotary, Millerson estate agents, A1 Cars and Greenwood Wilson accountants – for their hugely appreciated contributions.
All the venues, organisations and performers who promoted shows and events at this year’s Festival and coped so well with all the problems in the aftermath of Covid-19, along with the 40 artists who welcomed visitors during Open Studios.
All the booked performers who, without exception, coped with the often challenging problems thrown up since some of them were originally contracted more than 18 months ago.
All the Festival volunteers without whom the St Ives September Festival would not take place.
And, especially, all this year’s Festival-goers from near and far who returned – or came for the first time – to support our Festival despite understandable concerns over attending events in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks for supporting live entertainment again – so many of our performers and speakers told us how much they appreciated having an audience once more.

We hope you all enjoyed the 2021 St Ives September Festival and we hope to see you again. Thank-you.

You can still read the full colour version of this year’s St Ives September Festival  printed programme by clicking HERE




Congratulations St Ives September Festival for an amazing couple of weeks – what a perfect way to restart events at The Guildhall! A big thank you to everyone who came along and to all of the incredible acts – here’s to doing it all again next year!

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The dates for future years’ September Festivals are:
2022: 10th – 24th, 2023: 9th – 23rd, 2024: 14th – 28th, 2025: 13th – 27th


A message from Cllr Kirsty Arthur, Mayor of St Ives:

I was so delighted to welcome the September Festival back to St Ives this year!
The Festival is a long-running event for the town attracting many people from all over the world.
Unlike other “tourist towns” in the UK, St Ives has a unique and historic link with arts and culture and the September Festival is a fantastic coming together of all aspects of both.
Whether you are interested in spoken word, live music, poetry, art, history . . . the September Festival has it all within the most beautiful setting, St Ives town!
I must also take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and organisers of the September Festival.
2020 saw the whole world impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Industries struggled, especially the Arts industry. Now is the time to support and promote them as best we can.

A message from our Arts Patron:

The Leach Pottery is honoured to support the St Ives September Festival as their Arts Patron for 2021. Since our foundation in 1920, we have supported the creative arts in St Ives. It is especially fitting that we can renew our historic connections and come together once again to champion our shared values of artistic collaboration and exchange. We invite everyone to join in with our Leach 100+1 celebrations and visit us. 

Libby Buckley, Leach Pottery Director