2023 Line-up Announced!

We are delighted to announce the full line-up for Buxton International Festival 2023.  The exciting programme features more than 120 events, over 17 days, across six venues in our beautiful spa town in the heart of the Peak District.



Festival highlights include three new opera productions, Bellini’s La sonnambula, Mozart’s Il re pastore and Handel’s Orlando. BIF and Norwich Theatre launch a brand-new musical based on the early life of Buxton’s Vera Brittain with music by Ivor Novello entitled The Land Of Might-Have-Been.

The concerts’ programme features Nicola Benedetti and The English Concert, The King’s Singers, Sarah Connolly, Joanna MacGregor and Paul Lewis. The jazz line-up includes the iconic trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plus pianist/vocalist Tom Seals and The Super Big Tramp Band.

The books guests include playwright Sir David Hare, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen, MP Jesse Norman, vaccine queen Dame Kate Bingham, communicator and strategist Alastair Campbell, journalists Gary Younge and Polly Toynbee , and horticulturalist Sarah Raven, amongst others.Wynton Marsalis at Buxton International Festival

Commenting Adrian Kelly, BIF’s artistic director said: ‘Buxton International Festival has firmly established itself in the cultural calendar.  It’s an  unapologetically ambitious, creative and accessible festival that takes risks and entertains. 2023 will be no different – bold, brave and back in full technicolour.’

CEO Michael Williams adds: ‘It’s a stop-in-your tracks, shout-from-the-rooftops festival this year.  Buxton 2023 is full to the brim with daring and excellence.  It’s contemporary, relevant, reflective and provocative with sumptuous opera, glorious music and opinion-forming book talks.  We reach for the stars in Buxton, make no mistake.’

Click here to see what’s on.


Priority Booking opens on a staggered basis from Tuesday 7 March 2023 for the Friends of BIF.

Public Booking on 4 April 2023.

Click here to find out how to become a Friend of BIF and enjoy priority booking as well as access to exclusive events.


£10 tickets for under 35s, who are part of the Friends of BIF Next Gen scheme.  Join for free at buxtonfestival.co.uk/friends-of-bif/next-generation