Cheltenham Literature Festival to become digital in 2020
Cheltenham Literature Festival will be live streamed for the first time as a digital festival in October 2020.
From Friday 2nd to Sunday 11th October 2020, the Cheltenham Literature Festival will live stream its 100 author events from Cheltenham Town Hall and the Everyman Theatre, with a small, live, socially distanced audience at the venues if the Government gives the go ahead to do so.
It will be streamed on the Cheltenham Festivals website so the audience can interact with speakers and other visitors. Authors of fiction and non-fiction books will join poets, spoken word artists and TV personalities to discuss a range of topics and give readings and excerpts of their work.
The digital announcement follows the cancellation of Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival and Cheltenham Music Festival due to the Coronavirus lockdown, with all three events subsequently running online virtual alternatives.
Last year, on average 4,500 visitors came to the site daily in Montpellier gardens, with other 17,000 attending on the weekends. 2019’s line up included David Cameron, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Theroux, Debbie Harry and the cast of ‘This Country’ which is based on a town in Cirencester in Gloucestershire.
The Cheltenham Literature Festival 2020 line-up is due to be announced on Friday 28 August 2020 on their website.