Taking place annually on the first weekend of August each year, Margate Soul Festival offers a unique combination of large scale outdoor live shows, family friendly street performances, DJ led carnival street parties, and the most eclectic mix of after 8pm club life situated around the Harbour each adding their own special atmosphere.
Originally formed by Folkestone Town Centre Management Ltd., Folkestone Festival is now run by a willing band of volunteers whose sole aim is to give something to the local community.
Hey! We’re the famous Margate Bookie, and we spread a love of reading and writing.
The Margate Bookie is a Registered Charity (1174819) that was set up by Andreas Loizou. We’ve grown from a single afternoon in a disused warehouse to a four day festival, creative writing courses, zines, workshops and book groups.
From a tiny first audience of 80 people, the Bookie has grown to 5,000 visitors a year. We’ve had a four-year old girl draw a zine and a ninety-four year old man read his haikus. We love how books bring people together, teach them new things, turn strangers into friends and fire our imaginations.
Kent’s International Family Arts Festival!
bOing! Family Festival is back Sat 27 & Sun 28 August 2022!
As ever, bOing! is totally free to enter so you can relax and enjoy a brilliant festival day with lots of free, outdoor performances and activities. bOing is a family festival, meaning its not just for children – we programme fantastic artists from across the UK and beyond who make work for all ages.
We also have a number of ticketed indoor performances that you can buy tickets for. This year we are excited to host the world premiere of Alice by Jasmin Vardimon Company, Dybwikdans return with a performance for babies, and we have the return of the bOing! favourite – the Architects of Air Luminarium. Plus many more.
Launched in 2015 as an antidote to our often screen-dominated, fast-paced lives, Wealden Literary Festival offers up a chance to pause and unearth both the wonder of the natural world and our own creative potential. It has since flourished into a unique cultural event that every summer attracts acclaimed authors, poets, artists and makers each of whom, in their own particular way, has taken inspiration from the environment, from wilderness and the spirit of place.
Through an extraordinary array of talks, debates, creative workshops and hands-on outdoor events, the Festival is both a beacon of hope and an opportunity for quiet, perhaps even urgent, reflection where you will discover food for thought and for the soul. It is curated with all ages in mind, featuring an extensive programme for children designed to encourage children (and their carers) to spend time outdoors engaging creatively with their surroundings.
Annual literary festival taking place at Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, featuring well-known authors, illustrators and poets.
Moya & Beth Taylor started the adventure with the first Chickenstock in their back garden (close to the present site) in 2018, after years of hosting large garden parties ……and the immortal words from a friend saying “you should put this on for the public!”. So they did! With plenty of help from friends and family, including Simon & Sophie Giles. The first Chickenstock was two and a half days and nearly 300 people in Moya & Beth’s back garden!
The Herne Bay Jazz and Swing Fest is a high-calibre music festival and outreach program based on the picturesque East Kent Coast. Since 2017, we have celebrated the best of live jazz and swing music on an annual basis with headliners including some of the top names in the industry (scroll down for list). Our stunning coastal setting provides the backdrop for top-calibre performances enjoyed by people from around the UK and abroad as well as numerous members of our local community. In 2020 we were forced to postpone but we have taken this time to revamp and plan a fabulous festival weekend for August, 2021.
Our outreach program has multiple arms including music offered directly to local care homes, workshops in jazz, improvisation, and rhythm for school-age children and The Herne Bay Jazz Choir, a community group with a focus on performing jazz and swing standards as well as learning to improvise.
Led by artistic director Kai Hoffman and Broadreach Records, HBJSF is a project led in association with Beach Creative Arts Centre, The King’s Hall Venues and the Herne Bay Pier Trust. The festival has been put on with assistance from Canterbury City Council, the Herne Bay Festival Charity and private sponsors.
Broadreach Records has presented jazz and vintage music-based events for over a decade including the London Time Out Critic’s Choice club night ‘Live & Let Jive’ at Ronnie Scott’s from 2008-2015 (monthly) and on occasion from 2016 to present – called “London’s coolest hepcat hangout” by The Stage, and featured in the Metro and Evening Standard Newspapers.
As a bandleader, our Festival director Kai Hoffman has organised performances, booked musicians and performed personally at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, London Jazz Festival, the European Jazz Expo, the City of London Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Twinwood Festival etc. since 2001 (Kai has also appeared with her own band over 80 times at Ronnie Scott’s Club, Europe’s oldest jazz venue).
A week of music, drama and art.
The Festival on the Hill at St Edmund’s School Canterbury is now firmly established as Canterbury’s summer arts festival that offers something for everyone with a week full of music, theatre and art.
St Edmund’s Festival is proud to have John Harle, award winning composer and saxophonist, as its Festival Patron. Past acts include Curtis Stigers, Freddy Kempf, Jess Gillam, Tasmin Little, Derek Nash & Louise Marshall, Harry the Piano and The Tippett Quartet.
Although we cannot bring you our usual dazzling week of events, we are delighted to announce that Festival 2022 will take place 29 June – 5 July. Look out for news and updates!