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From baby elephants to classical music
Lichfield Festival, elephants, cathedral
Baby Elephant Parade

With more than 70 different events in ten days, the Lichfield Festival promises to be one of the most exciting and fun multi-arts events in the country.

From world-class national and international performers to a much anticipated baby elephant parade through the beautiful Staffordshire cathedral city, there is definitely something for everyone.

The Lichfield Festival, which runs from 3-12 July 2015, will feature events ranging from orchestral music, literature, theatre, dance, film, comedy and jazz to visual art, walks and family activities for all ages and tastes.

For new Artistic Director Sonia Stevenson it is a hard act to follow to build on the Festival's past success which, last year, attracted total audiences of around 40,000 people.

Lichfield Festival, tea dance, The Three Belles, Drayton Manor
The Three Belles

Acclaimed artists appearing during the Lichfield Festival include comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Mark Watson, authors Michael Morpurgo, Wendy Cope and Bill Oddie, folk singer Eliza Carthy, and the BBC Big Band.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Ex Cathedra give premieres of works by composer-in-residence David Matthews within the wonderful surrounds of Lichfield Cathedral on July 8 and 9 respectively.

Maintaining the classical theme, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Julian Lloyd Webber shares stories from his amazing career in the Garrick Theatre on July 4.

Performances by artist-in-residence, the Sacconi Quartet, include a collaboration with Jon Bowden from folk group Bellowhead.
Theatre performances include Twelfth Night with The Malachites theatre company at the Garrick on July 10, a one-woman show about Shakespeare's wife Ann Hathaway entitled The Second Best Bed on July 4, and The Picture of Doreen Gray by Lipservice Theatre on July 5.

But, back to the baby elephants and a parade of the painted model animals which takes place on the opening day of the Festival on July 3, led by Indian dancers and Masai warriors. The elephants will be auctioned off in aid of charity on July 11 at Lichfield Cathedral.
Other family treats include a vintage tea party in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral lawn on July 11, storytelling walks, elephant-related workshops, and a tea dance featuring The Three Belles and the Bevin Boys which brings the Festival to a close at Drayton Manor on July 12.

Lichfield Festival, Ex Cathedra, Lichfield Cathedral
Ex Cathedra (credit Andrew Fox)

For ticket information visit or call the box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Something magical for all the family
When: 3-12 July 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Festival, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6NE
Cost: Events range from free up to £40
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