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NEWS: first details announced for KITE Festival 2022

When: 10-12 June 2022
Where: Kirtlington Park, Oxford, UK, OX5 3JN

KITE, a brand new, three day festival of ideas and music, is set to take place in June of next year in the magnificent landscaped parkland of Kirtlington Park in the English county of Oxfordshire.

Explaining the concept of KITE, festival director, Ciro Romano, said: “Ideas and music have always co-existed; they are linked in our history, but, for the most part, there has been a clear dividing line between ideas/literary festivals and music festival. So, we are thrilled to have developed a new greenfield festival that puts music and ideas on an equal footing. At KITE, thinking and dancing can co-exist. Lockdown has clearly not quashed our need to have communal experiences which explore our passions, curiosity, and joy. KITE will engage with the most vital artists, musicians, writers, and public figures in one setting over three days. We couldn’t be more excited and look forward to having you join us at Kirtlington Park next June.”

Artists already announced are:

Music: Grace Jones / TLC / Tom Misch / Mavis Staples / This Is The Kit / Saint Etienne / Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Nubiyan Twist / Flamingods / Mermaid Chunky Plus Heavenly Presents : Baxter Dury / Confidence Man / The Orielles / Gwenno / Katy J Pearson / Fran Lobo

Grace Jones scaled

Ideas: David Miliband on crisis leadership / Tina Brown on the Royal family / Delia Smith / Rory Stewart on war and justice / Elizabeth Day with Sathnam Sanghera / Jarvis Cocker / William Dalrymple and David Olusoga on the end of history / George Monbiot kicks up a stink / Mandu Reid on optimism and feminist resistance

Plus Heavenly Presents: Shirley Collins: America Over The Water – in conversation with Matthew Shaw plus musical accompaniment from Broadside Hacks / Jude Rogers: The Sound of Being Human / Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life / Robin Turner: Believe In Magic / Baxter Dury: Chaise Longue

Comedy: Reginald D Hunter / David O’Doherty / Jen Brister / Sara Barron / Janine Harouni / Christopher Bliss / Sara Barron / Michelle de Swarte

With many more still to be announced.

Full details of KITE can be found HERE

And tickets for KITE can be bought HERE

Photo of Grace Jones: Andrea Klarin

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