Neapolitan Music, the founder of Love Supreme Jazz Festival and Nocturne Live, and Tortoise Media, which is the brainchild of ex-BBC news director James Harding and Katie Vanneck-Smith, ex-President of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, and U-Live have formed Kite, which is described as a “festival of ideas and music for curious, inquisitive, and cultural minds”.
Kite will take place from June 10-12, 2022, and feature Grace Jones, David Miliband, and Reginald D Hunter — all spread across seven stages at the Oxfordshire estate.
Ciro Romano, festival director, said: “Ideas and music have always co-existed; they are linked in our history, but, for the most part, there has been a clear dividing line between ideas/literary festivals and music festival. So, we are thrilled to have developed a new greenfield festival that puts music and ideas on an equal footing. At Kite, thinking and dancing can co-exist. Lockdown has clearly not quashed our need to have communal experiences which explore our passions, curiosity, and joy. Kite will engage with the most vital artists, musicians, writers, and public figures in one setting over three days. We couldn’t be more excited and look forward to having you join us at Kirtlington Park next June.”
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