Nova Festival of Arts and Music

Bignor Estate Park
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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Literary, Music
Location of Festival Pulborough, West Sussex, England, UK
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Katrina Larkin and Victoria Burns, Co-directors

Festival Description

Nova Festival is brought to you by two of The Big Chill’s co-creators/co-founder Katrina Larkin and creative producer Victoria Burns. Set in the stunning West Sussex countryside estate at Bignor Park, Nova is a small, intimate and independent arts and music festival built on consideration and care for the smallest details and with the biggest ideas. Nova will host inspiring artistic offerings to delight and captivate audiences plus a music programme featuring both established and up-and-coming acts expected to propel onto the music scene.

Nova Festival is a new kind of festival setting its sights on becoming the leading bijous festival in the UK. Taking the biggest ideas and building a festival dedicated to those who love art and music, it is small, intimate and independent. Nova’s estate home is carefully positioned in West Sussex, easily accessible yet hidden away behind towering trees, tranquil lakes and undulating meadows. Four days will captivate festival-goers with excellent music offerings and a fervour of artistic talent to satisfy all and ensure Nova Festival will be revisited year on year.

Festival Dates July 5 - 8, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Ghostpoet
  • tUnE-yArDs
  • Jono McCleery
  • Crazy P
  • Norman Jay
  • AFRI-KOKOA Allstars
  • Krystal Klear
  • The Roundhouse Experimental Choir
  • Sofar Sounds
  • Solid Steel AV Special
  • Jessie Ware
  • Fink
  • Soul Jazz Sound System
  • Mixmaster Morris
  • Rankin and Damien Hirst
  • Doug Fishbone
  • Ben Rivers
  • Gustav Temple
  • We Were Evergreen
What to expect 2012:
  • Thursday, July 5
    • Gates open on Thursday allowing visitors to stroll to the camping area, pitch up tents and be greeted with the festival’s very own pub, The Nova Arms, where afternoons can be spent watching a mad medley of pub entertainment, evenings filled with campsite campfire sessions plus a chance to see classic film screenings at the dedicated outdoor cinema.
  • Friday, July 6
    • In the morning, Nova opens its gates to the enchanting Zen Gardens offering therapies and a hot tub experience beneath the trees and surrounded by the UK’s finest immersive and interactive outdoor art. By night the gardens take on a new dimension – bathed in artful illuminations and the perfect place for mischief amongst the woodland terrain. Throughout the day and into late evening there will be foraging, campfire cooking sessions, night walks and strange guided tours. Friday sees the festival leap into life. The Valley Stage offers a line-up of brilliant, eclectic break-through new music alongside more established favourites. The Super-Nova DJ Bar will serve specially created cocktails to keep all moving to top class DJs spinning an array of dance floor styles. The Fearless Theatre plays host to wildly creative and fantastically eccentric comedy, cabaret and theatre. There will be opportunities to take part at The Public Art Studios and display works in the People’s Gallery or join the village choir. And when all that matters is a cup of tea, head to the Tea Dance for a cup of rosie lee and do a turn around the floor. More music and curios will spring up among the trees and performers will take to the stage on the lake. Children will be enchanted at The Land of The Bumbley Boo and The Wordsmithy will engage minds and spark imaginations with lively debates, authors’ talks, readings and spoken word performances. Every bar at Nova Festival will be fairly priced, well stocked with local liquor, ciders, ales and champagne, as well as everything needed to make generous cocktails. An array of handpicked stalls offering delicious food will be scattered across the beautiful site and there will be no shortage of beautiful places to picnic.


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  • Facebook
  • Twitter!/novafestival


Practical Info:

Tickets 2012:
  • Sold online at
  • By phone at
    • +44 0844 888 9991
  • Prices (Tickets include a camping pass)
    • Adult Tier One: £80 SOLD OUT
    • Adult Tier Two: £100
    • Adult Tier Three: £139
    • 13-17 Tears: £60
    • Student: £100
    • Under 12s: FREE
  • Bignor Park
    Pulborough, West Sussex


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