AMF Partners with Hat Fair

We are delighted to announce we have partnered with Hat Fair to support their Top Hat Outdoor Arts competition in 2019.

Hat Fair is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts. Founded in 1974, the festival inspires and is inspired by the people, heritage and public spaces of Winchester. Over three days each summer, Hat Fair invites audiences of over 53,000 to come out and play in Winchester City Centre, with around 200 performances presented for free.

“The wonderful Winchester Hat Fair, a joyous weekend of street theatre and outdoor performance.”
The Guardian

Hat Fair, like AMF, is committed to showcasing the best Outdoor Art from both national and international artists, as well as discovering the best new talent around. As a partner, AMF will provide a platform at the festival in June for their Top Hat participants (Sponsored by the University of Winchester) to perform their work, before presenting to win mentoring at Hat Fair in July.

This extended platform in front of an energetic, enthusiastic and engaged festival audience, gives the emerging artists an opportunity to gain experience performing in different spaces and to new crowds and allows them to build their confidence in presenting a piece of work outdoors.


Martin Jakeman – Last year’s winner of the Top Hat Competition
Home Fires
Home Front, history brought to life with a cup of tea! Home Fires tells the stories of local men, women and children that history forgot. Based on VE Day in a Woman’s Voluntary Institute Mobile Canteen, discover personal accounts, artifacts and hands-on history for all ages. Find out how to be resourceful on rations with a 1940s house wife, make a house Home Front ready with an ARP Warden and what it would have been like to have been an Evacuee from the booming Blitz.

Jacob Hulland
The Dyslexic, Flat-footed, Middle-aged Teenager
The continuing adventures of a middle-aged teenager, Eighteen year old Jacob Hulland leaves Wiltshire and arrives at uni, only to find that he is anything but a ‘normal’ student. As he begins to look for the meaning of life, the univers(ity) and everything, he makes the startling discovery that he is flat-footed, officially dyslexic and the only sober one on his course. He has indeed entered a dark new world… Hampshire!!

David Flanagan – Liminal Spaces
Stories in Stone
Winchester is a city with a long and interesting history that we can see every time we walk down the high street – in the buildings, statues and other remains of the past. We walk past this testimony to history every day, but this history has very little impact on us. We each have our own histories we relate to the city – we can walk down the road and find memories in the buildings around us. Stories in Stone draws on memories of the city from the residents of the city as well as the performers to create a tapestry of lived experiences tied together by the architecture of Winchester.

Top Hat Competition
Students from the University of Winchester compete for a chance to win the opportunity to be mentored by Hat Fair Director Andrew Loretto and Engagement Producer Katrina Henderson, to develop a new show to be performed at Hat Fair 2020! They will be previewing their work at Alresford Music Festival. We are thrilled to be working with Hat Fair to enable this to happen.

“Hat Fair is proud to support local talent through the Top Hat competition – the first winner of which was Martin Jakeman at Hat Fair 2018.Through our new partnership with Alresford Music Festival we can extend opportunities to local emerging talent from University of Winchester to develop and perform their work.”
Andrew Loretto, Director of Hat Fair

Find out more about the Hat Fair 2019

AMF partners with Hat Fair and University of Winchester