Five art festivals

  • 3 April 2013

Love art festivals? We've chosen our favourite five from across the UK, from 19th-century Welsh exhibitions to contemporary art in Edinburgh.

1. Manchester International Festival
4–21 July 2013

Bringing together original new work from across the world, Manchester's biannual arts festival is one of Britain's most exciting cultural events. Highlights this year include the hallucinatory installation Massive Attack v Adam Curtis, and American director Peter Sellars' staging of Michelangelo's sonnets.

2. Edinburgh Art Festival
1 August – 1 September 2013

Scotland's capital is home to a dizzying range of arts festivals, but the Edinburgh Art Festival – now in its tenth year – is the only one focussing on the visual arts. This year's festival explores the theme of witchcraft, featuring works by William Blake and Goya alongside an ambitious programme of loans and commissions.

3. The National Eisteddfod of Wales
2–10 August 2013

Best known for its singing, Wales's national arts festival also hosts the Visual Arts Exhibition, which has existed in various forms since 1865. Each year the exhibition receives over 400 submissions, celebrating the best of contemporary Welsh art and craft.

4. Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts
23 May – 2 June 2013

Situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay Festival was dubbed 'the Woodstock of the mind' by Bill Clinton. Visual arts highlights include Titian biographer Sheila Hale delivering a talk on the Venetian master, and a lecture from illustrator Quentin Blake.

5. Latitude Festival
18–21 July 2013

As well as a headline performance by German art-rock group Kraftwerk, fresh from their residency at Tate Modern, this year's Latitude hosts a number of alternative visual artists, including David Shrigley, photographer Mitch Jenkins and graphic novelist Alan Moore.

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