Oxford Kite Festival to feature artists and thinkers such as Grace Jones, Richard Dawkins, and Ai Weiwei


Oxford Kite Festival markets itself as “a new festival of ideas and music”, and will be taking place between 10-12 June at Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire.

The festival was initially meant to take place in 2020 and 2021, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival organisers have said that this “innovative” festival will “offer room to dance and space to think” across seven stages. 

An article in The Oxford Mail cites a spokesperson for the festival, saying “Kite will offer room to dance and space to think. In an age defined by the ubiquity of the internet and social media, there is a growing public appetite for knowledge, debate, and discussion. Audiences are looking for more alternative and non-musical activities at music festivals. Kite will rise to the challenge by creating a unique offering for people who are passionate, and curious by tapping into the public’s increased awareness and interest in the world around them.”

The emphasis on the more intellectual elements of the festival on ‘ideas’, further aims to “ask provocative, fundamental questions in a highly polarised world”.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to camp onsite, either in tents or camper vans and vehicles – or to book rooms in nearby hotels and B&Bs. Purchasers of the Palladian VIP tickets will also be able to enjoy meals in the luxurious Kirtlington House, with fellow KITE Festival speakers, and renown journalists.

Other notable KITE Festival guests include former Labour MP David Milliband, the Afghan BBC journalist Yalda Hakim, and historian David Olusoga, author of ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History.’ Music and entertainment will also include the likes of Self Esteem, Andrew Neill, and TLC.

More information on the festival’s full line-up is available via: kitefestival.co.uk/line-up/ 

Tickets can also be purchased on their website, with student tickets beginning from £50.