Promo film highlighting C.I.F.


Jazz Archive Playback from 1966

As part of the C.I.F., on Thursday June 2nd, Camberley Theatre are hosting a very exciting playback of a recording of  The New Jazz Orchestra made when they played the Highwayman pub in Camberley in 1966. This is particularly poignant as this is also the year that the theatre opened.

Gearbox Records, in association with The Heritage Lottery Fund, have purchased rare recordings of the London jazz scene from the 1960s – including this one from The Highwayman.

The New Jazz Orchestra featured world famous bass player, Jack Bruce (also of Eric Clapton’s Cream) and Jon Hiseman of Colosseum on drums.

Gearbox Records will be pressing up one acetate of the recording, to be played on a record deck in Camberley Theatre’s café bar and will be giving a talk, including Q&As after the playback.

This is a free event and doors will be open from 7:30pm. The bar will be open, serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks.



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C.I.F. Number 4 in Festivals this Summer!

We’ve had a couple of lovely bits of press over the last couple of days.  Firstly, Essential Surrey have put us at number 4 in their top 10 festivals this Summer.

Then Get Surrey have written this feature detailing CIF’s origins.

To celebrate, here’s a clip of Lau performing at the BBC Folk Awards in 2014 when they won Best Band (again!)

Don’t forget to use the ‘CIF’ coupon code when purchasing tickets to get your special festival £5 discount per ticket.




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Calling all spoken word and poetry enthusiasts!

‘Hammer & Tongue have reinvented the medium for the hip hop generation’ The Guardian

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 Camberley International Festival have invited nationally renowned poetry slam organisers, Hammer and Tongue to host an afternoon of spoken word and poetry in the bar at Camberley Theatre from 2pm on Saturday 4th June. The Sunday Times recently said, ‘The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer and Tongue slams’.

The slam is open to all. Randomly appointed audiences-judges will decide who will progress towards the National Final at The Royal Albert Hall next year.

Each contestant gets three minutes for their original spoken word or poetry.

Special guests for the afternoon are Steve Larkin, himself a former International Slam Champion and named “the spoken-word guru” by the C.B.C. and Paula Varjack, a multi-media artist whom The List called “punchy & engaging” both will perform and host the afternoon.

Paula Varjack

The theatre bar will be open and along with tea and coffee will also be serving cocktails, locally-brewed craft ales, an excellent wine list and a great new menu of contemporary food and snacks. Come along and enjoy the afternoon, or get up and have a go!


Steve Larkin

Anyone wishing to take part can email Steve Larkin at

This is a free event.


Welcome to the Camberley International Festival website.

This page will be getting regular updates, in the meantime, please watch this little promo film to see what will be coming up between June 1st and 11th 2016. You can also read the About and Fringe Events pages to learn more about the festival and to see what other exciting free fringe events will be coming to Camberley this summer.