With great regret, the board of trustees of the Stratford International Festival of Words and  Music have decided that the 2018 festival will not now take place. Despite continuing support from private donors and sponsors, a necessary amount of public funding (particularly from the Arts Council, which supported us in the past) has not been forthcoming; moreover, ticket sales have been very disappointing.

In the circumstances the board, having regard to its legal responsibilities, had no alternative but to reach this sad decision.

The festival will resume next year under its old style of the Stratford Music Festival, in close co-operation with Orchestra of the Swan.