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Festivals and Fairs

Job Fair

4 March 2015 10am-3pm

Find your perfect job!

Oxford City Council is working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to deliver a Job Fair on Wednesday 4 March 2015.

Following the success of the previous Job Fair in October 2014 which attracted over 700 jobseekers, Oxford City Council and Jobcentre Plus are working together to make their next event even better than before.

It will be held in our Main Hall here at Oxford Town Hall to allow more space for customers and stall holders. We are expecting over 30 employers to host stalls to promote their latest vacancies, with a number of other organisations such as colleges and charities attending to offer additional support and advice.

Further details to be found here

Town Hall Job Fair


Lous Lous's Vintage Fair Oxford

7 March 2015 12-5pm

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair


Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is back in Oxford this March for a huge Spring special!

Join the spectacular  vintage fair which is now in two halls with a wonderful vintage tea party! There is vintage fashion and homeware and of course the vintage beauty salon!

The lovely ladies from vintage hair lounge will be styling hair & make up in the style of your favourite vintage icons. Email enquiries@vintagehairlounge.com

VINTAGE TEA ROOM (with more stalls)
Very Vintage Teas will serving up amazing tea and cake on china

Join the Oxford fan page - www.facebook.com/OxfordVintage
Tweet us @OxfordVintage

Oxford Town Hall
Entry £2
Under 12s free
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Music event at Oxford Town Hall

Concerts and other Performances



World War One scene

Monday 9 March 2015 at 10.30am

Single Commermorative Act Marking The Centenary of World War One


This single commemorative act which offers us a unique opportunity to join with the national civic family in an event which every Civic Head in the United Kingdom has been invited to take part in concurrently.

The act is very simple but meaningful and is to take place in the Assembly Room at 10:30am on Monday 9 March 2014, after the Commonwealth Flag raising ceremony which also takes place that morning. The choice of that date reflects the involvement of so many representatives from around the Commonwealth who supported this country in the conflicts.

By extinguishing the candles we are symbolically representing the feeling of darkness that came over Europe 100 years ago. In 2018, after the annual candle is extinguished and a brief period of darkness, this room will be lit by the lighting of all four candles - this symbolic gesture will represent ultimately how light won through the darkness

We will light the first candle and a candle will remain alight for the next 12 months (this will be able to be seen in the window in the Lord Mayors Parlour, overlooking St Aldates) as a reminder to all who see it not only of the sacrifices made during the past 100 years through conflicts in which this country has been involved but also as a symbol of hope that we will work towards understanding between peoples.

Subsequent Years
This event will be repeated each Commonwealth Day with the symbolic candle being extinguished prior to the silence and the old one(s) and a new one lit for the ensuing year.

Please RSVP by 2 March 2015
Jane Stubbs on
Tel: 01865 252414


Oxford Symphony Orchestra musician


Saturday 14 March, 7:30 pm
Oxford Town Hall

Alex Symcox At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners
Walton Cello Concerto
Brahms Symphony no.2

Ariana Kashefi cello
Robert Max conductor

At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners is the Orchestra's commission from Alex Symcox, our Composition Competition winner - an exciting venture and a celebration!

Walton's wistful Cello Concerto is a work imbued with the warmth and serenity of his Mediterranean island home. Ariana Kashefi, cello soloist, is a Royal College of Music 'Rising Star' and Royal Philharmonic Society Award winner.

Brahms's Second Symphony is one of the most sunny and joyous of his works.

Tickets £15, Over 60s £12, Accompanied under 16s FREE, Students aged 16-25 and those in receipt of benefits £5
from Tickets Oxford at Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305. Visit the Oxford Symphony Orchestra website to buy tickets online. Tickets are also available on the door.


Sunday 15 March 2015, 3pm

Oxford Philomusica presents FUNomusica

Family Concert - Alasdair Malloy (Presenter)

"Our merry musicians bring a smile  to your face with a selection of suitably silly pieces and comical capers."

Craft activities at 2pm, Concert ends at 4pm

Most suitable for ages 4-8 but all the family welcome!

Tel: 01865 980 980



Friday 29th May, 2015 Doors 7pm


Master bluesmen of the Malian Sahara.

Tinariwen’s own story burgeons with myth and mythos in their home country and beyond. Their tale is the stuff of legends. Founding member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, grew up in desolation in Mali, where he witnessed his own father’s death at the age of four.

Later, after seeing a western film, he built his first guitar from a bicycle wire, a stick and a tin can. The band was founded in the 1980’s in Tuareg camps in libya, where the nomadic peoples had relocated to find work and a new life away from their homeland of the sahara. Disillusioned by the promises of Quaddafi at the time, the Tuareg became restless again and longed for home.

But the interaction with city life yielded unexpected consequences, they became exposed to western music — most notably the guitar-driven anthems of Jimi Hendrix and the American blues — which they mixed with their own soulful dirges which they’d perform in the camps by the fire with battery-operated amps. When revolution broke out back in Mali, they left Libya behind, hung up their guitars and picked up guns to fight for the Tuareg independence.

When the discord died down, the band returned to music, delivering songs imbued with aching beauty and lonesome poetry. Their music was bootlegged and traded around the region, earning them a devout following. Then in the late 1990s, they were discovered by western musicians and for the first time, their songs left the Sahara and were introduced to the world. For the next ten years, the nomads now travelled the world, performing at nearly every notable festival and venue around the globe, providing the world with a taste of the aching beauty and lonesome pleasures of Saharan Assouf.

Tickets avaliable here



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Other Events

Oxford Salsa Ball 2015 - Baila Conmigo

8th May 7.30pm – 1am

Salsa Ball image

Oxford University Salsa Society is hosting the annual Oxford Salsa Ball. This night will be filled with dancing, live music, a cocktail bar and fantastic workshops and performances.

Salsa workshop and performance by UK's best salsa performers Shelley Cook and Gil Prado Mendez (Pexava London). 

Bachata workshop and performance by 2013 BachataStars UK Champions Angus and Övgü.

and (drum rolls!!!) our very own OUSS 2014/2015 Team's debut performance, choreographed by Rosa and Giles Eadle (Ignite Dance Company).

Guest performance from Pexava Dance School.

The wonderful Quarto Elemento live band Salseology, voted as UK's Best Latin Band for 2011, will fill the night with salsa and bachata rhythms together with DJ Julian Summers, top DJ 2010 UK salsa award winner.


Doors open at 7.30pm. The first workshop will start at 8pm.

Dress code: Black tie with a latin twist.


Tickets available at http://ouss.eventbrite.com

Member: £14

Non-member: £18


A night not to be missed. Even beginners should attend, this night is going to be amazing! Non-university members welcome.

For queries email info@ouss.co.uk or visit http://ouss.co.uk.


Hillsong Church

Join Hillsong Church for their Friday Night service in Oxford – here at Oxford Town Hall. Dates to be confirmed.

Come and worship, make new friends and find out more about Hillsong Church in Oxford and how you can get connected. They have pre-service Youth hang-outs for 11-17 year olds, Kids church programmes for 1 (& walking)-11 year olds & parent & baby facilities.

All are welcome! Entry free.

For further information visit the Hillsong website.

Hillsong event



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Ballroom dancing

Regular Events

Organ Recitals
Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists. Tickets are £4 and come with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Performances take place from 12pm-1pm - Confirmed dates are as follows:

25th February, 25th March, 22nd April, 20th May, 23rd September, 28th October and 25th November.


Tea Dances
Tea & cake & Dancing £2.50 on some Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm - Current confirmed dates for 2015 are:

25th February, 11th March, 25th March, 8th April, 22nd April, 06th May, 13th May, 20th May, 9th September, 23rd September, 7th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November and 16th December.


Ceroc Oxford hold dance classes at Oxford Town Hall. Beginner and intermediate followed by freestyle. Open to all.

Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 7.30 - 10.30pm

Charges: £8, concessions £6, £35 for 5 weeks or £70 for 10 weeks.

Please see the Ceroc Oxford website for further details.


Mondays from 12.10 - 12.55pm, Oxford Town Hall.
Every Monday except Bank Holidays, £3 per person. Prepare yourself to party. You will shake your hips, shimmy and smile the hour away. Up to 1000 calories will be burnt in just one class. The moves are simple and you will love the music. No stress, no worry, just fun. There are no wrong moves so just come and join the party. For more information contact Vicki Galvin, GO Active Coordinator on 01865 252720 or vgalvin@oxford.gov.uk


Meditation Class - Diamond Way Buddhism UK

Every Wednesday, 8pm, Judge's Room. Oxford Buddhist Group meets once a week for a guided meditation on the 16th Karmapa. These meditation classes are suitable for all who wish to learn to meditate.

For newcomers there is always a short introduction to Buddhism and brief explanations on how to meditate.

They regularly hold courses on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation classes, guided by experienced practitioners and travelling teachers appointed by Lama Ole Nydahl. All weekly guided meditation classes are free of charge.

Further information on Diamond Way Buddhism UK website, email oxford@dwbuk.org or call 01865 958008.


Meditation image

Insight Meditation

Thursdays 7.15-8.45pm

A weekly guided sitting group in the Insight Meditation tradition of Theravada Buddhism, led by Jaya Karen Rudgard.

All are welcome and no experience is needed. Voluntary donations only and no booking required.

For more information about Insight Meditation see Gaia House, Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock.



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