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Opera festival could make Buxton a cultural northern powerhouse

BY John Freeman   /  9 August 2019

Buxton is a modest town, probably too modest for its own good. It needs to shout a bit more about itself if it is to be heard above the clamour of other spa towns and other summer festivals. It won’t ever be a Bath or Harrogate, but its lack of pretension risks undervaluing its attractions set as it is among the Derbyshire Dales. The 40th anniversary of the Buxton Festival is a good time for a reassessment; and after a few days visit some (qualified) celebration seems in order.

Nowadays it appears every British town of any antiquity and size has a festival of music or opera or literature.


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