Festival of the City of London

London, Festival of the City of

June-July
First held in 1963, the Festival of the City of London was designed to show off the historic "square mile" in the heart of the city. The churches, cathedrals, halls, and other landmarks in this area have served as the setting for the festival's concerts, operas, and theater productions ever since. An open-air production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard, staged in the Tower of London to commemorate its 900th anniversary during the festival's first year, has since become a regular event.
Concerts are given by both British and international artists, orchestras, and chamber music groups. There are band concerts, dance recitals, prose and poetry readings, art and photographic exhibits, and a series of ethnic cultural events. Street theater and traveling miracle plays round out the festival's offerings.
CONTACTS:
City of London Festival
12-14 Mason's Ave.
London, EC2V 5BB United Kingdom
44-20-7796-4949; fax: 44-20-7796-4959
www.colf.org
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 94
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 163
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