The sound of the city seems to disappear…

Whether it’s because, like the Beach Boys, you too can hear music – or because you’re running with the pack and the city is fading into the distance – these upcoming events are sure to have you so immersed in sensation, no amount of traffic or crowds can get you down.

Bath International Music Festival runs from Friday 15th to Tuesday 26th May with a varied programme of Classical, Jazz, World and Folk music at venues all around the city. Bath Philharmonia and Bath Camerata performing Gershwins Porgy & Bess – Concert Suite with iconic Bass-baritone Willard White. Tuvan throat singing from the Alash Ensemble. Award-winning Welsh harp and West-African kora collaboration from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita. Tropical-Gypsy-Dance rhythms with Natalia Tena and Molotov Jukebox. Rennaissance choral bliss courtesy of Stile Antico performing at Bath Abbey. The twelve days of the festival are hands down assured to contain at least one gem to send tingles down the spine of each and every music lover. Details of all performances, including booking information, are available on the Bath Festivals website.

Even if you’re not the concert-going type, be sure to catch the Festival’s opening Party in the City, a citywide celebration of free music with over 150 performers at 43 different venues. Joining up with the national Museums at Night initiative, this year the party includes a unique opportunity to explore some of our most beautiful historical and cultural treasures, after dark. But don’t worry if you can’t make it on opening night – you’ll have another chance to dance the night away, with more free music on the Parade Gardens bandstand on Sunday 24th May.

On 15th-18th May you and your family can be transported to a faraway land without ever leaving the heart of the city, thanks to Bath School of Art and Design’s Forest of Imagination. Opening alongside Party in the City from 6-9pm on Friday 15th May and open all day for the next three days, Queen’s Square will be transformed by a team of local artists and creative partnerships, into a wonderland of art installations and creative activity workshops for all ages. The Forest invites you to ‘discover a creative ecosystem’ and unleash your artistic side – who knows where it may take you?

If you’d like to leave the city behind but take the party with you, then look no further – Run or Dye is coming to Bath on 16th of May and promises to be as chaotic and colourful as the name suggests. A 5km charity run beginning at Bath Racecourse, Run or Dye is a race for all ages and abilities. Walk it in costume or run in all white, you’ll be covered in colour by the end! Raising funds and awareness for official charity partner Help for Heroes and Bath local charity partner Concern Universal, each race entrant will receive assorted colourful Run or Dye goodies with their registration pack – including a dye packet of your own so you can add to the cloud of colour as you run! Visit the Run or Dye website to sign up, and have good fun for a good cause.

You’re sure to be smiling whatever you choose to do – share your pictures and tips with us on Twitter @3AbbeyGreen and we’ll retweet the best!

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