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World exclusive performances commissioned for Hat Fair in Winchester

Photo by: Adrienne Photography

Organisers of the UK's longest-running outdoor arts festival have announced that there will be a host of performances at this years event that you won't be able to see anywhere else in the world.

Thousands of visitors from all over the UK and the world are expected to head to Winchester this summer for the annual Hat Fair.

Founded in 1974 by Jonathan Kay, the Hat Fair is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces within the city of Winchester.

It was initially conceived as a busking festival and below you can hear the current Hat Fair Director, Andrew Loretto, explain where the event takes its name from:

Andrew told us the they're very happy with this year's programme, adding: "Very proudly this year we have a significant proportion of the programme you will only be able to see in the UK, and indeed there is a high proportion of the programme that you will only see in Winchester full stop because it's work that's being specially made just for Hat Fair."

Each year the city hosts around 400 professional performers including dancers, musicians and circus acts, as well as numerous colourful installations.

The full programme of events will be made public in June.

Last year was a record-breaking one for the organisers who say they saw over 79,000 people visit Winchester for the event over the three days.

They're hoping this years event, which will run from the 5th to 7th July, will be just as popular.


Photo credits: Adrienne Photography

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