28 MAY - 11 JUNE 2022

After a difficult two years, Swaledale Festival will be back with a bang in 2022 - our 50th anniversary!

We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from government, funders, sponsors and individuals, without which we wouldn’t have been able to offer what I believe is the most impressive programme in my 15 years here.

In selecting artists for 2022, I have focused on two principles: to invite as many as possible of the artists whom I was forced to cancel in 2020 and 2021, and to invite back artists whose performances have been extraordinary and unforgettable over the last decade or so. There are also plenty of new faces, of course. Here’s a taste:

Week 1 (28 May to 3 June)

Paco Peña; Brodsky Quartet with Laura van der Heijden; Evelyn Glennie; Rowan Pierce; Richard Uttley, Callum Smart & Ben Goldscheider; Michael Foyle & Thomas Carroll; Antonio Forcione Quartet; Rachel Podger & VOCES8

Week 2 (4 June to 11 June)

Niamh Ní Charra Quartet; Hallé Cellos; Aurora Percussion Duo; Jeneba Kanneh-Mason; Magnard Ensemble; Peter Donohoe & Noriko Ogawa; Dave Kelly & Bob Hall; Sacconi Quartet; Acoustic Triangle; Alexander Markov; Kathryn Tickell

There is also a packed programme of film, poetry, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and guided walks in the beautiful Dales landscape. I hope you like the programme and I look forward to seeing you here.

Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director

The film was made by Howell Film and features music from a track called Bling Bling from the album Plum Lane by The Matt Wates Sextet. The piece was written and arranged by Matt Wates. 


M.R. Peacocke Poetry Project

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A happy return to live events

21 June 2021


Kites coursing across Reeth Green; resounding drum beats and dancing skirts; the clickety-clack of clogs, clapsticks and tap shoes; the clang of quoits and the stirring sound of local brass…

Swaledale Festival offers free...

11 May 2021


Including kite-making, dance performances, samba bands, a singing workshop with The Young'uns, brass band concerts and quoits.