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Experience the bold & provocative at Falmouth International Arts Fest 2023

Get Ready for an Electrifying Weekend of Contemporary Performance at Falmouth International Arts Fest.

Falmouth is gearing up to host four days of groundbreaking theatre, comedy, music and more at the second Falmouth International Arts Fest (FIAFest) from 5-8 October 2023.


Photo by Steve Tanner


Led by local producing powerhouse imPOSSIBLE, FIAFest promises to shake things up with an audacious line-up of experimental contemporary performance. This boutique festival is set to deliver an electrifying antidote to traditional Cornish culture, putting diverse and daring work centre stage.

Kicking off on Thursday, 5 October, is a spotlight on Cornwall’s vibrant, homegrown talent. A scratch night at AMATA will offer a taste of new work by local artists.



The festival celebrates bold females with hard-hitting performances primed to provoke important conversations. Don’t miss High Steaks from Eloina Haines – fresh from the Edinburgh festival with full sell-out shows and 5* reviews.

This bold performance shares an empowering message about body positivity and features full nudity, raw steak and Eloina’s mum! BBC Radio 4 star Vanessa Kisuule brings her powerful poetry to Falmouth, and Varjack-Lowry’s theatrical pop film explores the stories of childless and child-free women.


Photo by Steve Tanner


Glitter yourself up for Saturday’s dazzling line-up, beginning with All That Glitters. This tale of cowboys and queerness comes from acclaimed Cornish theatre-maker Tom Jackson Greaves (Kneehigh, Matthew Bourne). Don’t miss the Global Musical Phenomenon Le Gateau Chocolat. The bearded drag diva performs a soulful song cycle before heading to the Adelaide Fringe.


Then, experience Ireland’s finest hip-hop comedian, Abandoman, who transforms the audience’s ideas into improvised songs and tales. Revolution Grooves vinyl DJs will end the late night with funk, soul and disco to get you on the da ice floor; with these brilliant performers, Saturday night promises nonstop laughter, killer tunes, and a sparkling good time – a chance to get dressed up and go out-out!



Families are well catered for with hilarious kids shows; Cornish Knockers by West End performers Jam First and Falmouth artist Becca Hubert’s accessible new Arthur’s Club, Abandoman returns for family show Future Fest and Cscape Dance are touring their production of Tree into schools.

Plus, keep an eye out for pop-up events, talks and workshops happening across the festival.


Photo by Steve Tanner


FIAFest offers the chance to experience international-calibre artists in an intimate Cornish setting. Productions like avant-garde dance theatre from Ockham’s Razor and Le Gateau Chocolat’s soul-stirring song cycle usually grace stages in London or beyond.


Expect passions to run high at this thought-provoking four-day fest. Whether you’re looking for riotous weekend revelry or to be inspired by urgent ideas, Falmouth is the place to be from 5-8 October. Don’t miss FIAFest’s electrifying blend of world-class performances and local talent set to dazzle Cornwall this Autumn.


Photo by Steve Tanner


Led by directors Charlie Bunker and Gabby Vautier, who boast esteemed careers working with the Barbican, Young Vic and more, imPOSSIBLE are adept at uniting big thinkers from the global stage with grassroots artists. Their bold curation places diversity, experimentation and empowerment at the forefront, championing the arts that challenge the norm.



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Florence Cashel

Theatre, live music, comedy, community workshops with social impact: these are a few of Florence’s favourite things. When she’s not at Cornwall 365, Florence is a theatremaker and performer.