Celebrate Agatha Christie in the place of her birth on the English Riviera. Step into the area’s outstanding literary and geological heritage. Join us for a week of cultural talks, walks, films, workshops and performances, plus an exciting fringe programme.
Every September, the English Riviera in Devon becomes a crime scene worth some serious investigation, as we celebrate the birthday of our most famous literary daughter. Each year you can expect a series of events coinciding with her birthday on 15 September, the next International Agatha Christie Festival will be held 9 – 17 September 2023, with more fun and literary events than you can shake a smoking gun at. FULL PROGRAMME
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Building on a legacy dating back to the first event in 1990, the International Agatha Christie Festival is widely recognised as the premier cultural event on the English Riviera. Bringing together local people and Christie fans across Britain and around the world, the Festival celebrates Christie’s life and legacy, and includes high profile speakers, performances of her plays and poetry and unique events.
Since 2018, the charity that delivers the Festival has been funded through Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grant programme. They aim to use the extraordinary power and reach of Christie’s global reputation to promote local engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of the local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage.
As well as staging an accessible and diverse Festival programme, they create and deliver arts-related projects to support those currently under-represented in participation and performance in the arts in Devon or who are in some way at risk. These are funded by drawing on the funding they receive from ACE and their own income, as well as grant funding provided by trusts and foundations. They are also supported by private donations.