The symbol of the Festival is a dove, an international symbol of peace. One aim of
the festival is to foster friendship and understanding between nations, as well as
offering great fun for everyone who takes part - performers and spectators alike!
Performers planning to part in the 2013 Festival
The festival traces its origins to 1976, with the visit of a junior band from British
Columbia, Canada. The following year they were joined by groups such as Chinese lion
dancers from Newcastle's Chinatown.
Since then folk song and dance groups from all over the world, including Mexico,
the US, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia, Bulgaria and South
Korea have taken part.
International groups planning to take part in the 2013 Festival:
Focus on fun
A brief history
Make a date: The 38th Alnwick International Music Festival will be from 3rd to 10th
Thanks to our business & community supporters for helping to make the festival possible
The Festival needs your support in 2013, to ensure that this great event is sustainable
for the future benefit of Alnwick and its visitors. Click here for details of how
to support us.
“What a fantastic week... Non stop action all the way with great international friendship,
goodwill, talent and energy. We experienced the extremes of English weather and legendary
Northern hospitality far beyond our expectations. Thanks to all who worked so hard
and came so far. We'll be back for Rachel's bacon butties.” Anders & Mikael, Leksandsfolkdanslag
“On behalf of all our group, we would like to thank you for such a wonderful festival.
We really enjoyed staying in your cosy town and surroundings and are happy for a
nice weather too :). We will keep the memories from the festival close to our hearts.”
Milda Damaliene, Zemaitukas, Lithuania.
“Congratulations for your festival, it has been great, very very good and well organized,
everything was all right.” Carlos, Arenilla Borriana, Spain.
“Thank you to all the organisers and performers - I've had an amazing week.” Manya
“I have enjoyed my first year as part of the music festival team. Had the chance
to work with some fantastic people and performers.” Matthew Slack, Alnwick.