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Bath Colourscape Festival

Monday August 20th to Wednesday August 29th

Eye Music Trust and Holburne Museum present

The 2018 Colourscape Festival on the Holburne Front Lawn

From 2012 to 2014 visitors to Hoburne Museum were treated to a fabulous experience - a Colourscape multi-chambered walk-in installation opened on the Front Lawn of the Holburne for a nine-day festival of music, colour and installations. Now - after a short break - Colourscape returns. Colourscape is always very popular and attracts queues. We do recommend coming earlier in the day and at the beginning of the festival to beat the queues.

Each day Colourscape will be open from 11am to 4pm with music playing from 11.30 to 3.30 and a quiet period at the beginning and end of the day. This is a complete festival of music and colour with different ensembles each day. For families Colourscape is a real treat of exploration, live music and dance and active involvement.

Put on a coloured cloak and enter into a new world of colour, light and music where you become part of the experience!

Each day there will be public performances - sometimes you will be able to join in. On weekdays our resident musician, Michael Ormiston, performs on ethnic instruments (you can take part too); on weekends we have many varied ensembles.


Monday August 20th to Thursday August 23rd - Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds

Friday August 24th - SYMPHONY OF THE SENSES. Our new Touring show features all the senses. Come into the intense COLOUR AND LIGHT of Colourscape and hear music that represents the musical SOUNDS of the human body. Our dancer plays TOUCH-Surfaces and releases FRAGRANCES and TASTES into the flowing air within Colourscape. This show is funded by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund and has been created by composers Simon Desorgher, Lawrence Casserley, David Stevens and Michael Ormiston. With movement and fragrances created by dancer Sarita Piotrowski and theatrical performer Francisca Picon Asensio

Saturday August 25th - "Imaginary Music": Sylvia Hallett plays unusual instruments including bicycle wheels, hurdy-gurdy and shells. Mike Adcock plays his own created slate xylophones, accordian and other instruments.

Sunday August 26th - Consortium: The young award-winning recorder ensemble play music from baroque to present-day on a huge range from the massive contra-bass through to tiny sopranino.

Monday August 27th - "Flutes of the World": Ethnic flute player Clive Bell performs on instruments ranging from chinese flutes to Japanese Shakuhachi. Simon Desorgher performs on the full range of concert flutes and Julían Elvira performs on the giant contrabass flute.

Tuesday August 28th and Wednesday August 29th - Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds

TIMES: From 11am to 4pm Continuous performances throughout the day (music plays from 11.30am to 3.30pm).

PLEASE NOTE that at busy times there may be a queue to enter Colourscape. We aim to keep queuing times as short as possible

LOCATION: Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DB

ADMISSION:£5 per person. See Holburne Museum website for full admission details click HERE