Hat Fair Street Theatre

Enjoy engaging, colourful and exciting street theatre performances from various acts as part of Hat Fair’s ‘Top Hat’ project in partnership with the University of Winchester.

Hat Fair and Alresford Music Festival are key events in the region’s cultural calendar with a community focus at their core. As partners, we support the next wave of emerging artists, through the Top Hat initiative.

Sponsored by the University of Winchester, Top Hat was launched in 2018. Made to discover, engage and nurture the best new talent in Winchester, the scheme is open exclusively to students or recent graduates of the university. All artists entering the competition have the opportunity to perform their work at Hat Fair, before the audience votes for a winner. The winning artist will then receive mentoring from the festival’s Director Andrew Loretto, aiding them in fully developing a finished work to be performed at Hat Fair in the following year.

“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

We know you’ll enjoying seeing and supporting these young people as they perform, entertain and gain valuable experience in front of you – our AMF festival family.

Find out more about the Hat Fair.

AMF partners with Hat Fair and University of Winchester