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Creating electrifying audience experiences through extraordinary cultural events.


We cultivate thriving creative communities and champion diverse artists telling unique stories; providing progressive platforms for them to take risks and forge creative careers.

We believe in the transformative power of live performance as a catalyst for change. 

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VAULT Festival has now closed for the final time.


We give our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has been part of the VAULT journey. Artists; audiences; staff; collaborators - you've shared your creativity, passion and time with us and built the most incredible community of maverick creatives and change-making audiences.


Together, we experienced electrifying art in all its forms. Supporting over 3000 new shows into existence through a unique artist-centred model that dared to dream of a different future. You danced at epic late night parties, laughed your socks off at comedy shows; felt all the feels at new theatre, and you helped us raise thousands for charities along the way.


You descended into our underground labyrinth of tunnels over the deep winter months and poured into and out of bespoke venues, unique bars, as well as shipping containers, caravans, horse boxes, transit vans, walking tours, local pubs, and parks in the search of bold and brilliant new work and the fantastic artists that were making it. Championing the weird, the funny, the heart-warming, the heart-wrenching, the terrifying, the thought-provoking, the entertaining, the outrageous, the silly, the political, the absurd, and the joyful - you name it, we've had it. You sunk pints and birthed dreams in the Underbar; got cosy over cocktails in The Lookout; forged new collaborations, friendships, and relationships in the Punch, and let it all go at the Lates. It's been an absolute blast.

12 years ago, we set out with a mission to make the creative industries of the UK more diverse, more experimental, more inclusive, more joyful, and more embracing of the talents and ideas that emerging artists have to offer. We are extremely proud that we’ve achieved that mission through our work and that we are leaving the creative industry in a different place to how we found it. We wouldn't have gotten to where we did without you. Thank you, each and everyone of you, for being part of something so bonkers, bold, and really quite magical.


Though our stages have gone dark, we implore others to pick up the baton, to fight the fight, and to be creative, courageous and kind.


Make art, make trouble, make change.

With love,

You can read our full statement about the closure here.
Read more about our story and our work.

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