Who we are

Somerton Music and Arts Festival (SMAF)  is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC).  It is registered at Companies House and has been in existence in various forms for over thirty years.

SMAF has a board of directors and a committee which organises the events for an annual Festival, which takes place in July, as well holding a number of events at other times in the year.

SMAF is run exclusively by volunteers for the benefit of our community. The primary purpose of the organisation is to put on the annual Festival and associated events in Somerton, many of which are free. These include art and photography exbibitions and workshops in schools and residential homes and a wide variety of music events. By doing this, the committee aims to make Somerton a better place to live and visit, showing off the historic market town to all who come.

The 2019 Festival provided a varied programme with events held in the Parish Church and Somerton’s Parish Rooms. It also supported a number of free events within the community for older residents of Wessex House Care Home and for the local school (King Ina Academy) and pre-school provision; with a free evening of folk music in the White Hart Hotel.

With the success of the 2019 Festival, and money raised through both town events and Somertock (Somerton’s own one-day music festival which is the finale of the week-long Music & Arts Festival), a donation of £1,000 was made to St Margaret’s Hospice.

Sadly in 2020 most of the festival events were cancelled because of the pandemic, with the Art and Photography Exhibition moving online for a week at the end of May. Somerstock took place as a virtual festival on Facebook in July.

The Somerton Music and Arts Festival and Somerstock are set to return in July 2021.

Get Involved

To find out how to get involved, either as a participant, performer, volunteer or sponsor, please contact Jon Sackett by email at hello@somertonartsfestival.co.uk