Home to one of the world’s most dazzling collections of exquisite mosaics, Ravenna was once the epicentre of the Western Roman Empire. A cultural and political capital that dominated northern Italy and the Adriatic, the city became the meeting place of Greek, Latin, Christian and barbarian cultures and the pivot between East and West. Accompanied by a series of specially commissioned photographs, Judith Herrin brings the early Middle Ages to life through the story of this spectacular city. Chaired by Peter Frankopan.

In order to manage audiences safely into each of our venues, we ask that you arrive up to 40 minutes before the event starts. See the Plan Your Visit section for detailed venue arrival times.

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe


Everyman Theatre

The Everyman was opened in 1891. The main auditorium is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham that has inspired generations of performers.

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As a registered charity Cheltenham Festivals charges a booking fee to cover the costs associated with providing our booking facilities.

Our charges are in line with the rising costs of this service which includes the cost of staffing, banking, developing, and maintaining our booking software and postage.

Our booking fees are as follows:

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