In 1964 Bob Dylan released the album The Times They Are A-Changin’. Sixty years later, Farnham Maltings is delighted to be celebrating and exploring the impact of his work with Visions of Dylan, a three-day festival curated by renowned singer, composer and lyricist Barb Jungr.

Over the weekend of July 19 to 21, Dylan’s music will be celebrated through film screenings, talks and performances as well as opportunities for the community to participate and share how the legendary musician has impacted on their lives.

The festival begins on the Friday evening with an open mic night led by prolific songwriter and Dylan-obsessive Robb Johnson. Musicians, poets and spoken-word artists will have the chance to perform acts inspired by Dylan’s work. The night will also feature performances from some special guests as well as a folk-inspired DJ set.

The Saturday opens with a film screening of Don’t Look Back, a 1967 documentary directed by D A Pennebaker that follows Bob Dylan's 1965 concert tour in England. The film features Dylan’s iconic cue card lyric video scene for Subterranean Homesick Blues.

Throughout the Saturday afternoon there will be a series of talks with artists who have used Dylan’s work as inspiration. This includes Jay Stapley with Dylan and Guitar, Sarah Gillespie with Dylan and Creativity and folk-inspired author and journalist Patrick Humphries with Dylan and Film.

Saturday evening sees festival director Barb Jungr take to the Great Hall stage alongside a live band and a series of musicians from across the musical spectrum in a performance Celebrating Dylan Across the Genres. Barb will be joined by jazz star Jo Harrop, folk giant Robb Johnson, Level 42’s legendary Mike Lindup and the wonderful singer-songwriter Hannah Scott, as well as special guests Sarah Gillespie and guitarist Jay Stapley.

The festival closes on the Sunday with the Visions of Dylan Community of Choirs Concert, which is the culmination of many weeks’ work by local choirs, supported by Barb, to be ready to perform their favourite Dylan songs. The local choirs taking part in the festival are Shuffletunes, Guildford Vox Community Choir, Voices Together and Triple Harmony Choir.

To perform at the open mic night, fill in the application form at

Tickets are on sale, with a multi-buy offer available where people wishing to come to several events at the festival can enjoy 20 per cent off. To book visit