Arts & Culture
Music, theatre, street art, dance and more, High Wycombe boasts a vibrant art and cultural scene. With venues and creative landmarks dotted throughout the town, thousands of visitors are welcomed each year to participate and engage in the town’s creative arena.
Built in 1992, the ‘Wycombe Swan’ Theatre has become a cultural marker for High Wycombe. The theatre has brought many internationally lauded musicians, actors and comedians to the town, as well as hosting an annual ‘Summer Youth Project’. High Wycombe’s iconic Town Hall, once the site of an early Rolling Stones concert in 1963, is also a champion of the local cultural scene. It also hosts the regular ‘Hellfire Comedy Club’, giving a platform for up and coming comedians to perform.
But beyond the professional stage, High Wycombe is also the proud home of many community-led venues. The ‘Wycombe Arts Centre’ , an imposing converted church turned creative hub, is run by an open collective of local people of all ages and races who are inspired by creativity. It offers an array of workshops, visual art projects and performance spaces for hire, fostering entrepreneurship and creative talent within the town’s community.
Curated by talented local artists, over recent years High Wycombe has benefitted from a series of creative street and visual art projects, with murals popping up throughout the town, bringing the streets to life with vibrancy & colour, particularly around High Wycombe’s diverse Desborough Road area.
The town also hosts an annual community carnival celebrating aspects of Caribbean and Asian culture – including colours, steel bands and calypso music and authentic street food. Festivals are an important part of High Wycombe’s identity too. The annual ‘Wycombe Arts Festival’, running for over 50 years, takes place every April/May. With a month-long calendar of musical and theatrical showpieces taking place in unique settings around the wider town area. Every May/June also sees the return of the High Street’s annual ‘FrogFest’. This community festival offers a weekend-long celebration of local music and live performances, accompanied by street food and entertainers.