Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Sat 4 July 2020

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.


The Lost Decade

The decade since 2010 has been one of austerity and paralysis nurturing contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow citizens and fertilising the ground for a rebellious Brexit. It has been a decade characterised by national tragedies from Grenfell to Windrush, and food banks to the housing crisis. Alternatively, the decade could be seen as having achieved the rise of renewable energy, low crime rates, the legalisation of same-sex marriage and with creative industries continuing to punch well above their weight in spite of cuts. Polly Toynbee and David Walker seek to offer us a definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods in British history and look to what lies ahead for us all.