A taste of what is on offer at the Margate Festival 2018

Babe Studio -Thanet Stoops features in the Margate Festival

Thirty venues and more than 60 events will feature in the 2018 Margate Festival.

From poets  in  cafes  waiting  to  write  for  you ,  sound   installations,  exhibitions,  unexpected  signs,  projection,  performance,  workshops,  print,  poetry,  drama,  photography,  painting,  walks,  tours,  video  and  film  screenings and shared  food – there’s a huge programme on offer.

From  Margate railway station to The Garden Gate  Project, there are a variety of interesting venues to visit.

The festival runs from September 14- 30 and there is a pre-event at the Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space at The Printworks in Union Row.

Chiara Williams: ​‘A rose is a rose is a rose…’  opened on September 8 and runs until October 6.
The artist will be in the space on Saturdays for the duration, culminating in an ​‘In Conversation’ ​event Saturday, September 29 from 2pm.

Her installation, at various stages, employs paintings, sculptures, projections, textiles and visceral ephemera – steam, aroma, lard – alongside weighty materials – jesmonite, marble, copper – to create an immersive interior. It is the intention to re-configure the entire gallery-space, transforming it into something that shifts between a ​hamam,​ a temple, and an ode to the bodies that dwell in such places, profane and sacred.

Poet Connor Sansby and the 1952 Blue Bird Torpedo typewriter

Poetry also features in the festival with seventeen poets across seventeen days, taking charge of one, special typewriter. Each day there will be a different Poet-in-Residence. The venues hosting these poets vary from cafes and bars to visitor attractions and even outdoor locations, finishing with three days at the Margate Bookie festival.

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.Viking Bay Crest by Ross Andrews

At the Pie Factory Gallery in Broad Street the third joint exhibition by artists Darren Lewis and Ross Andrews will be on show.

Thrills and Spills follows their successful previous exhibitions titled ‘Sand, Sea and Light’ in 2016 and ‘In and Out the Sea’ in 2017.  The exhibition ‘Sand , Sea and Light’ gained BBC interest.

The two artists sometimes use the same subject matter but from very different approaches, perspectives and disciplines.

Thrills and Spills is at Pie Factory Gallery in Broad Street from September 14-25.

Find more about the exhibition here

Portraits of Margate by Caroline Dyal will be displayed at the Joseph Wales Exhibition and Event Space at 2 Dane Hill, Margate from September 14.

Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company and Intergen31  bring their fresh, new short pop-up performance piece, Start Stomping, to Margate Festival.

Featuring a 16ft tall inflatable man, Start Stomping uses Moving Memory’s distinctive blend of movement, music and sardonic wit to bring the generations together.

It takes place on September 15, 11am, at Margate Winter Gardens.

Dan Thompson plans to write 100 poems about 100 places

Margate artist and writer Dan Thompson has a new project, taking place over the next year, where he plans to write 100 poems about 100 places, which together will form a history of England.

And some of the first poems to be created will be read at a performance at this month’s Roundabout pop up theatre.

Your England, takes place at 2.30pm on September 21 at the pop up theatre by Margate clock tower. It lasts around 45 minutes and is free.

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Babe Studio – Thanet Stoops features photos of subjects on their doorsteps. It will be on display at Hantverk & Found, 18 King Street, Margate, from September 28-30.

To find more Margate Festival events, and to book tickets, go to https://www.margatefestival.org/whats-on