2015 is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Magna Carta has made a long journey through time, spanning the globe by virtue of its implications and legacy. It has transcended barriers of language and the divisions of cultures and ideologies. 800 years on, the simple ideas of Freedom and Justice have become part of the genetic structure of humankind.

When King John agreed to the barons’ demands for peace at Runnymede in 1215, copies of the charter were made and sealed. They were distributed to sheriffs, cathedrals, and important religious houses throughout England. Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta is one of only four surviving originals.


Festival800 is an eclectic, creative and cultural response to the 800 year journey from Magna Carta to the present day. A programme filled with exciting, inspiring and impassioned provocations. A chance for the City of Lincoln to converse and share with the world a unique, modern and temporal review of cultural progress and development.

It will stand as a marker for future generations, challenge ideals we cherish and help us move into the future renewed and invigorated. Festival800 is about us all and the power we have to create change!