About the festival

This year sees the launch of a brand new Arts Festival at the University celebrating the creative arts here on campus and brought to you by the School of the Arts, English and Drama and LU Arts.

Over ten days, there is a full and varied programme of FREE daytime and early evening events:

Students showcase
Be amazed by the talent of the students at Loughborough in the Arts Degree Show and Design Show exhibitions and the final year drama students’ performance of The Mammaries of Tiresias

In conversation with…
A series of talks and discussions between Loughborough academics and leading creative practitioners in their field.

Successful alumni of the School return to discuss their careers and ‘life after Loughborough’.

Be inspired by discussions on key areas of research being undertaken within the School.


I would like to welcome you to the inaugural Loughborough University Arts Festival. We hope that the events and exhibitions will provide you with an opportunity to see or hear more about the creative activities undertaken within the School.  You can hear about some of the fascinating research taking place during your lunch break or join us after work for a drink and refreshments  while listening to a range of inspiring speakers.  I would encourage you to combine an event with a visit to one of the exhibitions, whether that be the degree shows of the School of Arts, English and Drama and the Design School or the Re-Imagining Citizenship exhibition in Martin Hall Exhibition Space.  The festival will be a visual and intellectual treat with something for everyone to enjoy, and best of all it’s all free!
Nick Slater, Director, LU Arts

We are delighted to build on the popularity of our degree show and drama performance with the launch of a new arts festival, that for the first time offers a range of additional events and activities. The arts festival celebrates the success of some of our notable alumni, offers an introduction into some of the fascinating research with which we are engaged, and presents exhibitions and events that will enable you to explore ideas and issues within current arts practice.

There is much to enjoy and we look forward to sharing with you the talent and diverse creative work of our School.
Prof. Alison Yarrington, Dean, School of the Arts, English and Drama