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    Buxton International Festival

    BIF is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.


    Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Buxton International Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, classical music, jazz and books at the heart of the beautiful Peak District in the spa town of Buxton.

    Buxton International Festival has been thrilling audiences since 1979. We have a reputation for offering often once-in-a-life-time opportunities to hear sublime but rarely performed operas. Initially founded to help restore Buxton Opera House, the festival has become more than just a summer celebration. Internationally acclaimed singers, musicians and literary speakers are all attracted to our beautiful spa town and our Young Artists Programme continues to introduce audiences to the rising stars of the future.

    In partnership with Buxton Opera House, Platform 3 is our Learning and Engagement initiative, providing exciting new opportunities for young people, schools and communities to take part in performing arts activities and projects across Buxton, the High Peak and beyond.

    Renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this wonderful annual festival attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre.

    In 2023, BIF far exceeded attendance expectations with sell-out events and accolades across the board. Once again, the Festival’s cutting-edge opera programme emerged as the greatest draw with its popular books programme a close second.

    On the back of this fantastic year, the Festival have announced its plans for 2024 with five eagerly awaited operas and, in a major coup, a performance from the Cuban-British director, choreographer and ballet dancer, Carlos Acosta, with his touring show On Before.

    The popular Jazz Weekender packages will also be available again for 2024.

    Priority booking for Carlos Acosta and Jazz Weekender packages opens on 27 November. The full programme and festival brochure will be issued on Monday 26 February, with Priority Booking opening on 5 March and Public Booking on 2 April 2024.

    Join as a BIF Friend to access Priority Booking from just £33 per year and become part of the festival you love all year-round. Unlock a whole host of benefits. See our website for more information

    How To Find Us

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