Local festivals

Contemporary Cheltenham has become synonymous with an exciting array of cultural festivals, several of which have grown up as adjuncts of the notorious Festival of Literature, which annually draws in great names from the world of Art History, including Martin Gayford, Professor Martin Kemp and Andrew Graham-Dixon, to name but a few.

Nick Nelson of Arcadia Education is employed by Cheltenham College to foster closer links with all the Cheltenham Festivals and thus has developed a good relationship with festival directors.

Arcadia offers talks that dovetail neatly with and expand upon the range of talks and presentations, as part of the Science, Jazz, Literature Festivals in particular, along with the ever-popular Gold Cup equine meet.

Please note that a supplementary series of talks will be devised annually to reflect the content of festival talks, which is not necessarily known far in advance.

Local Festival Links (Gloucestershire):


  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Sketchbooks
  • Neurology and the Arts – A Survey


  • Painting Sound: Music & Art in the 19th & 20th Centuries
  • Improvisation & Automatism: Jazz & Jackson (Pollock)
  • From Bebop to Bernstein – New York in the Jazz Age


  • The Italian Renaissance : Art, Music, Poetry & Gastronomy – wines of Italy
  • French Impressionism in the Nineteenth Century – wines of France

Gold Cup:

  • The Horse in Art: Equine Illustration Across the Ages
  • George Stubbs & Whistlejacket: Patronage & Portraiture
  • Paddy Power: Irish Art in the 19th & 20th Centuries
  • The Horse in Art: A Canter through the Ages

Cricket Festival:

  • The British Sporting Print
  • Jack Russell: From Glove to Brush

Literature Festival:

  • Poems & Paintings
  • The Gothic: An Appetite for Horror & Terror in Literature and Painting


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