Bicester’s annual community arts festival will return this autumn with a vibrant programme of events and activities.

Taking place from September 11 to 26, the Bicester Festival 2021 will feature live and recorded music, visual arts, dance, theatre and outdoor performances, alongside workshops and talks.

Kirsten Black, an artist and a teacher in Bicester, is volunteering to run creative workshops for schools and families at this year’s event. Ms Black said: “I am very much looking forward to the festival this year. The last year has shown how important it is to feel part of a community and have a sense of belonging.

“To be able to take part in arts activities and share the experience with others is something I’m so looking forward to. I’ll be singing and dancing to the music whilst doing my artwork. Roll on September.”

The event’s theme this year is ‘Sea Change’. It has expanded from its traditional three-day celebration to a fortnight, enabling organisers to fit more into the schedule.

It will also allow those taking part to do so in a safer way, by spreading activities over a variety of dates and locations. Go for more information.