Creativity all along the Kent coast

I’ve stopped looking at the weather forecast this summer but I can say with some confidence that the Kent coast will have great creative happenings this week.

Here’s a few ideas for you;

As part of this year’s RIBA Love Architecture Festival, the Dreamland Trust is holding  a variety of events in Margate. On Saturday 29th everyone is invited to take up the challenge to build Margate’s best ever sandcastle on Margate Sands. The judges include the designer for Dreamland, Wayne Hemingway. After the judging he’ll be talking about the vision for Dreamland in the Pie Factory Gallery at 3.45pm.

Whilst there you can see an exhibition celebrating the work of designer and colourist, Walpole Champneys, whose work adorned the interior of the 1934/35 Grade II* listed Dreamland Cinema. If you’re feeling hungry afterwards I’d recommend GB Pizza overlooking the beach and Bow’s Kitchen in the Old Town. I’ve eaten in both places recently and  enjoyed good food served by friendly people.

Along the coast the Deal Festival promises ten days of “great classical and contemporary music plus opera, cinema, dance and theatre”  in locations throughout Deal and Dover. See a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III against the backdrop of Dover Castle and listen to harpists at Pines Calyx ,close to St Margaret’s Bay and the Coastguard pub.

Put on some colourful clothes and comfortable shoes and go dancing  in Faversham tomorrow (Saturday 29th)  to help Khushi Feet attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Bollywood dance. Apparently no dancing skills are required and the free event takes place on the Abbey School field.

In the evening you could take a picnic and enjoy fireworks at  the last  night of the Proms on the Leas in Folkestone.

Next week-end the Resort Studios, housed on the 1st floor of a wonderfully ornate Victorian building in Cliftonville will be opening and will be another great place to get creative on the Kent coast.  Meanwhile on the same week-end Beach Creative in Herne Bay celebrates its first birthday. It’s also the venue for my first exhibition; A Collaboration of Colour with the talented Jan Lewis. It takes place from 14 – 20th August and  will be open from 10-4 each day so please put the dates in your diary and come along and say hello. I’ll be donating 10% of sales to the wonderful Trust Sulha –  Peace through Education that helps young Afghan refugees.

I’ve recently enjoyed delicious vegetarian food in Herne Bay at the Wallflower Cafe and I also like Le Petit Poisson which overlooks the beach.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the outcome of an interesting collaboration between artists and Whitstable Yacht Club. The White Horses Whitstable project have funds for nine sails that will be printed with art but would  like to produce even more before the launch in August. Also in Whitstable  you can now share your love of comics – the printed kind, at The Cafe in the  Horsebridge Arts Centre as it now hosts a monthly comic club. The next meeting is this Tuesday 2nd July.

If you’re interested in what other creative people and cultural organisations are doing in Kent’s coastal towns this free conference organised by Canterbury Christchurch University may be of interest.

Finally, if you are a new reader of this blog you can read  why I started the Kent’s Creative Coast Campaign here.

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Best wishes



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