Talks & Lectures

The Festival offers a range of Talks & Lectures at the show which are hosted in the Festival Theatre in Hall 9 
They offer the perfect opportunity to take a breather from the show and a chance to hear from some of the world’s leading experts in textiles. Sessions last between 45 minutes and one hour. 

In 2021 we plan to have lectures from Angela Walters, The Midnight Quilter amongst other textile experts. 

The Talks programme will be available to view at the end of April, ahead of tickets going on sale on 17th May (10th May for members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles). 

Make sure you register your interest to get priority booking for tickets on 17th May! 

COVID safety measures in the Festival Theatre

For your safety the following measures will be taken to allow for social distancing and to minimise the risk of transmission*.  

  • The Theatre will be 650 square metres (increased from 500 in 2019) 
  • There will be 186 seats available compared to 350 previously 
  • Seats will be spread out to allow for social distancing 
  • Talks have a 30-minute gap between sessions to allow for cleaning where required 

 *Page last updated on 31st March 2021. Safety measures are being continually updated are subject to change. Should Government guidelines change closer to the show, the above measures may be altered in line with them.  



Register your interest

Plans are underway for The Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 29 July – 1 August 2021.

Please help us understand your desire to attend this year’s event. By registering your interest you’ll get priority access to tickets before they go on general release.