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Party in the City 2018


This year, The Bath Festival has broken from tradition by programming Party in the City on the second Friday of the festival period.  Party in the City is an almighty celebration of FREE entertainment in central Bath and, this year, it will take place on Friday 18 May from 5.30pm. The streets, parks and venues in the city will be filled with sound of music so if you like acoustic, jazz, classical, choral, folk, world, indie or pop music come along! The evening starts with the Schools Commission in Bath Abbey where children will become ‘festival spirits’, celebrating Bath Festivals’ 70th anniversary through song, stories and visual arts. After dark, Queen Square, Parade Gardens and Brunel Square will be alive with music, local food and drink. Indoor events will take place in 34 venues, with 2,000+ performers and, historically, the evening has attracted more than 20,000 people to the city. Party in the City has something for every musical taste so put the date in your diary.

On the night, Bath Abbey will showcase a number of performances, starting with the school’s commission. The magic of the festival has transformed children from St Andrews, Bathwick St. Mary’s and St. Stephen’s Primary School into ‘Festival Spirits’. See the children mischievously disrupt and take over a traditional song recital. They join soprano Elizabeth Karani, composer Richard Barnard, artist Edwina Bridgeman.

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