By Dan Thompson
A Margate venue that had to delay its opening because of lockdown is planning a launch in May, after receiving grants totalling more than £160,000 from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.
Faith In Strangers originally opened as a workspace in November 2019, with membership from £120 a month, but closed before announcing a public programme.
Ahead of a May 2021 opening, the venue have announced that while still opening as a workspace during the day, at night Faith In Strangers will transform into a new live music venue. The space, fitted out with a sound system and mood lighting, will be fully equipped to live stream performances.
“We’ve been crafting this for nearly 3 years now. The lockdown has been tough for many and we’re happy we can provide a new space for the neighbourhood,” says co-founder Jeremy Duffy, “When we talk about a cultural venue, it’s not about having high brow art or the latest trend… It’s about exploring the things people can enjoy together, making memories and sharing moments.”
As well as music, the programme will include performance and talks, and in-house facilities will mean everything can be recorded, edited and broadcast online.
The 350 capacity venue will be open to the public from May. It is in the old Frank’s Nightclub, on Ethelbert Crescent, Margate.
Faith In Strangers will open for table service on May 20 with a full capacity launch on June 24th (subject to restrictions being lifted). Initially the bar will be open Thursday – Saturday from 6pm, with plans to expand as the year progresses.
For more details visit faithinstrangers.co.uk
*CORRECTION: The daytime work spaces are via membership but the evening venue is open to everyone.