7th to 16th September 2018

Saltaire Festival 2018 – it was a blast!


The 309s on the main stage.

For ten days in September, the village of Saltaire was alive with a feast of music, theatre, comedy, heritage, art, sculpture, food and drink, and so much more.

After almost a year in the planning, the 16th annual Saltaire Festival welcomed thousands of visitors to the World Heritage Site and people weren’t disappointed!

The Festival was first established in 2003, when it was set up to commemorate 150 years since Sir Titus Salt created Saltaire, and it has grown considerably over the last few years. The Festival now stretches right the way across the village itself as well as there being events and activities in the surrounding area.

From the opening weekend, with the Open Gardens trail and village pop-ups, right through to the legendary finale weekend with the Continental Market and bands in Roberts Park, there really was something for everyone.

Festival Director, Vicky Bower, is thrilled with this year’s Festival:

“It’s been a huge success and we really must thank everyone that has been involved throughout the year. From the volunteers who help keep everything ticking over during the Festival itself to the programmers and event planners, the performers, the stall holders, our sponsors and supporters, the stewards, Bradford Council, the Festival Board – and of course the villagers and visitors themselves; everyone played their part in making the Festival the great event that it was. We’ve loved seeing everyone’s photos and comments over the various social media channels – they have really brought the Festival spirit alive!

“We ran a ‘Pound per Person’ campaign to raise much-needed funds for future festivals and are delighted with the response. We have raised £3,049.57 through our bucket collections over the two weekends, so the message is getting out that future funding isn’t guaranteed, and every pound helps. A massive thank you to everyone who popped something in one of our buckets and to all of our sponsors and funders who have helped to make this year’s Festival such a success.”

Thanks to all our amazing photographers who gave up their time for free to really capture the spirit of the Festival.

  • Catherine Adams
  • Jason Mollett
  • Jason Ruffell
  • Karleen Charles
  • Michael Revil
  • Sheelagh Davidson
  • Shubhada Patil

Visitor Survey

If you attended any of our Festival events it would be great to hear your thoughts so that we can make and even bigger and better Festival next year. Please fill in our short and sweet Visitor Survey.

So, as the glitter settles on Festival Towers here’s to 2019!

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