Things to see and do in Thanet, February 2-4

Work by Lenore Tawney features in Turner Contemporary's new exhibition

The Social

February 2, 7pm-midnight, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate

An evening of quality music, taking you on a musical journey. From swing to rhythm & blues, rock n roll to boogaloo, with some ska, 60’s soul and a few new tunes in the mix too.

DJ Jerome and Lindsay will be your hosts for the evening with guest DJ TBC

Free entry, Book now

First Friday – Print Is Dead

February 2, 6pm, Marine Studios 17 Albert Terrace Margate

February’s open-to-all and free evening event at Marine Studios explores the world of print in 2024, including a Q&A with indie publisher Elte Rauch; a linocut workshop taster with artist and illustrator Nick Morley; a sculpture and exhibition from artist Willow Winston; and an open studio from resident artist, writer and speaker, Dan Thompson.

It’s a major coup for First Friday to have Amsterdam-based Elte Rauch as the keynote speaker. Elte has brought together her Amsterdam-based independent publishing house HetMoet with London’s The Menard Press to create The New Menard Press. Elte is hugely passionate about independent publishing:

She said: “I was working as a literary assistant and it wasn’t really creative… publishers only seemed to be talking about targets and deadlines and numbers. I thought, this can be done differently. Independent publishing is so great, the bottom line is that we’re not going to make any money, everyone has two or three jobs on the side, we’re not going to get any support from the current government, but we have this huge creative spirit! There’s no sense of competition. We find one another.”

This month’s PRINT IS DEAD theme dovetails with the studio’s Writers’ Room, a partnership between Co-relate, HKD and Kent Poetry CIC, with funding from the Arts Council, which has created a dedicated work and development space for writers in Thanet.

The space is a hub for the area’s literary ecosystem – desks are available for emerging local writers, and there’s a programme focused on training, skills and professional development. Get in touch if you’re a local writer who needs a desk and look out for the regular Writer’s Block and Close Reading Poetry Club events.

Doors open at 6pm, arrive early as space is limited (there will also be a live feed on YouTube @marinestudios7513). Bring your own drinks and snacks! The venue is accessible via stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. For more information visit or Instagram @marinestudios_margate.

Celebration of David Fuller and fundraiser for Cancer is a Drag

February 2, from 7pm, Sundowners Albert Terrace Margate

A celebration of David’s life hosted by husband of 36 years and Sundowners boss Iain Maxstead. The event will include a host of performances from acts including Claudia F, Miss Krystal Ball and Sugar Cube.

The funds go to the Cancer is a Drag charity, which was founded by Alan Bugg following his diagnosis of cancer in 2010.

He struggled financially and wanted to find a way to help others in the same situation.

The charity offers support and care for those whom are struggling with general bills and gaining the help for their families with vital links and guidance, while treatment is in place.

There will also be an auction in aid of the charity with items including an original dancer’s tour jacket from Danny La Rue’s show, a Gucci watch David was given for his 60th birthday and some personal pieces of jewellery.

Entry is free (opens at 7pm, no entry after 1.30am) but donations will be appreciated.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Oscar & Bafta Nominated. From acclaimed director Alexander Payne (Sideways), this wonderfully and affecting comedy follows curmudgeonly teacher (Paul Giamatti) stranded at a 1970s New England prep school over Christmas babysitting a difficult student abandoned by his family.

Friday 2 February to Thursday 8 February. More details here

Infinity festival

Ark (former shul) Albert Road, Cliftonville, February 2 – 11

ARK’s 2024 Spring season opens with Infinity, a celebration of the work of internationally acclaimed Margate-based artist Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ together with a series of workshops, talks, performances, meditation and relaxation sessions.

Exhibition Launch event – Friday 2nd Feb 6pm – 9pm The opening of the exhibiton, will also include performance from dancer and choreographer Ash Mukherjee.

Children’s workshops Sat 3rd 11am- 3pm ( one-hour sessions 11-12/ 12.30-1.30/ 2- 3pm) Age 8 – 13 years – A short introduction to Govinda’s work and approach to painting where children design and create their own canvas.

Vishnu’s Got My Back – Sat 3rd 7.30pm – 9pm – a queer coming of age story of endurance and regeneration, as seen through the lens of a first-generation Indian immigrant. The show, starring Ash Mukherjee, features original songs, spoken word and choreographed Bharatanatyam segments.

An Odyssey through Infinity – psychedelic projections, art, sound, and breathwork – Sun 4th Feb 6pm – 8.30pm – a special journey through Govinda Sah’s art through visual projections by Shaun PRICKIMAGE.

For full programme and tickets go to:

Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970

Saturday 3 February – Monday 6 May , Turner Contemporary Margate

A major new exhibition which connects the work of over 50 women from across the globe through a shared language of radical abstraction.

Guest curated by Dr Flavia Frigeri, the exhibition will bring together the works of more than 50 artists to examine how, through abstract forms, materials and modes, women pushed the boundaries of artmaking while tackling seismic cultural, social and political shifts. Comprising over 80 artworks, predominantly sculpture, the exhibition will trace how the language of abstraction developed on a global scale.

The exhibition will include sculptures by Mária Bartuszová, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke. It will highlight Marisa Merz’s Living Sculpture (1966), a piece realised within the intimate confines of a domestic space before the artist had a studio. It will also explore Carla Accardi and Marta Pan’s innovative use of modern materials to redefine space and perception. The fibre art of Maria Teresa Chojnacka and Ewa Pachucka will also be featured, symbolising resistance and liberation from state censorship or monitoring. Complementing the sculptural focus of the exhibition will be select paintings and reliefs, such as Carmen Herrera’s East (1965) and Agnes Martin’s Morning (1965), enriching the understanding of this artistic period.

Featuring: Carla Accardi; Novera Ahmed; Ruth Asawa; Maria Bartuszová; Lynda Benglis; Louise Bourgeois; Maria Theresa Chojnacka; Lygia Clark; Saloua Raouda Choucair; Sue Fuller; Eva Hesse; Marisa Merz; Yuko Nasaka; Louise Nevelson; Mona Saudi; Lenore Tawney; Hedda Sterne; Hannah Wilke, and more.

In Bits -Ingrid Berthon-Moine and Jennifer Nieuwland

3 – 24 February, Main Space, Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate

‘In Bits’, examines the delicate interplay of strength and vulnerability through the works of artists Ingrid Berthon-Moine and Jennifer Nieuwland. Delving into the tactile nature of art, both artists employ texture as a central element.

Ingrid Berthon-Moine, a French artist based in London, is renowned for her multidisciplinary approach in exploring the physical and cultural dimensions of the human body. Her new works incorporate materials such as fake ostrich leather, velvet, and PVC to surround her delicate watercolour paintings.

Jennifer Nieuwland, a Dutch/Italian artist based in London, draws inspiration from bodily memories and everyday sensations.

In her current series she explores the pressures of external elements such as heat, fire, water, insects and the beach, incorporating new mediums such as sand, gels and thickening agents to heighten the sensory qualities of her work.

All are welcome to celebrate the opening of ‘In Bits on Saturday 3 February at Liminal Gallery’s Main Space, 5pm-8pm.

Analogue Photographic Printing

Saturday 3 February, The Margate School

Join Dominic Rose for this one day course in black and white photographic printing, suitable for both beginners and those with experience

10am – 4.30pm

Learn how to get the most from your image

Looking at each image, you will work on one or two photographs exploring various ways to adjust and improve your images in the printing process. You will gain experience and confidence in the printing process working in our fully equipped darkroom

Max capacity 5 people for this workshop with Dominic Rose

Photographic paper and chemicals are included but participants should bring their own processed black and white film (35mm or 6×6)

Tickets £75 To find out more about this course click here

Margate Museum

The museum in Margate Old Town reopens this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm on both days.

The museum is an unique example of a Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court, and displays an eclectic history of the seaside town of Margate over the past 5,500 years.

£2entry fee 

free for under 16s

£1.50 for seniors

The Kent Pop Exchange: IVW all dayer

February 3, doors open 4pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate

Where Else? presents a showcase to celebrate Kent’s grassroots music scene for Independent Venue Week Showcase


This is an all ages event. Presented by Night Harvest CIC

Tickets from £5.36 Book now

The Silence of Snow

February 3, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Written and performed by Mark Farrelly. Directed by Linda Marlowe

Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Howerd’s End) presents his riveting, kinetic solo show portraying one of the great English writers of the inter-war years.

Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) Gaslight (which gave us the modern term ‘gaslighting’), and classic novels Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit darkened as his inner and outer worlds collapsed.
Covering the entire sweep of Hamilton’s thrilling life and writing, The Silence of Snow entertains and challenges, asking: why do so many of us get through life without feeling we ever truly knew another person?

Tickets Advance £17 / On the door £19 Book now

Local & Live Presents: Gentlemen of Few

February 3, 7pm-1am, Olby’s Soul Café Margate

Gentlemen of Few, play an eclectic blend of indie/pop rock, fusing skilful vocal harmonies from their folk genre beginnings with 80’s guitar and synth sounds to create pop-rock songs.

The band has performed many shows both abroad and in the UK, playing widely recognised venues such as: The O2 Academy 2’s in Islington, Birmingham, Oxford and Sheffield to name a few. The Band has also played many established festivals such as: Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Greenbelt Festival and many more!

With band support from local rockers; Satellite Radio.

+ DJ Nimmy spinning some indie bangers behind the decks to keep the party going ‘til late

Tickets £8 plus booking fee (in advance) £10 On the door, £5 with Student ID Book now

One Life (12a)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicholas “Nicky” Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realised it was a race against time.

Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It’s not until a live BBC television show, “That’s Life”, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

February 2-8. More details here

Spiders at Discovery Planet

February 3, on the hour, every hour, from 10am to 3pm, Discovery Planet HQ Ramsgate

Discovery Planet’s next set of free workshops, funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Discovery Park, are all about spiders, exciting developments in biotechnology, and how we can learn from our eight-legged friends. To devise the workshop content, Dr Vicky Mason has teamed up with Venomtech, a global leader for venom research enterprises, based out of the world-class laboratories at Discovery Park in Sandwich.

Through a series of hands-on activities, you’ll be able to find out more about how spiders can help us make pioneering advances in drug discovery, crop protection and cosmetics. You’ll also find out how the Venomtech laboratory works, and can ask a staff member any questions you like.  There is no need to go near a spider if you don’t want to!

The first  public workshop will take place at the Discovery Planet shop 47 High Street , Ramsgate on  February 3rd. Sessions take place on the hour, every hour, from 10am to 3pm (which is when the last session starts). It’s completely free of charge to attend and there’s no need to book. Just drop in.

Oldskool Roots: Micky Finn

February 3, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Oldskool Roots II, launching with one of the original and pioneering DJs from the rave scene!

18+ only

Micky Finn doing a journey set starting from 88, Pablo G (former Kool fm DJ) doing a oldskool 90’s set and later on some new dnb from the up and coming Gravit-e. With support from BBT, back out of retirement,

Tickets £12 + £1.50 booking fee Book now

Through The Noise: Plínio Fer­nan­des & Braimah Kanneh-Mason

February 3, 10pm-2.30am, Faith in Strangers Cliftonville

After their sold-out debut col­lab­o­ra­tion at the noisenights sum­mer res­i­den­cy last year, clas­si­cal gui­tarist Plínio Fer­nan­des and vio­lin­ist Braimah Kan­neh-Mason join forces for a set of rare duets writ­ten by musi­cians from Ser­bia, Italy, Argenti­na, Spain, and beyond.

Cel­e­brat­ing Plínio’s South Amer­i­can her­itage, the pro­gramme fea­tures move­ments from Astor Piaz­zol­la’s His­toire du Tan­go and com­po­si­tions by gui­tar vir­tu­oso Ser­gio Assad, amongst others.

Plus DJ Set with after the per­for­mances.

18+ event

Tickets  £22.92 Book now

JC’s Hedonist Club

February 3, 7pm-2am, Margate Arts Club, 276 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville

Drag acts, DJ sets and dancing

JC has graced the stages at Soho Theatre and the Clapham Grand, blessed the Man Up Final and even performed at Latitude, Mighty Hoopla and Margate Pride.

18+ event

Tickets £5 – £10 Book now

Valentines Day Market

February 3, 10am-4pm, Radford House, Effingham Street, Ramsgate

Find the perfect gift this Valentines at Radford House in Ramsgate.

Craft, curated goods and local produce.

Lithics – Emii Alrai

February 3-17, Quench Gallery, Cliftonville Avenue, Cliftonville,

Emii Alrai’s sculptures alongside new drawings which mimic archaeological remnants and the theatrical nature of museums.

Emii Alrai is an artist and trained museum registrar whose work seams material investigation in relation to memory, critique of the western museological structure and the complexity of ruins. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her work operates as large-scale realms built in relation to bodies of research on archaeology and the displacement of objects from their natural environments

Open Friday – Sunday 12pm — 6pm

Saint Agnes

February 4, 7.30pm,  Justines 1-2 Marine Gardens, Margate

East London quartet consisting of Kitty A. Austen (vocals, guitar) Jon James Tufnell (vocals, guitar) Benjamin Chernitsky (bass) Andy Head (drums)….

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £11.50 Book now

Restoration London Sashiko and Boro stitch-mending workshop

February 4, noon-2pm, Cliffs café, Northdown Road, Cliftonville

During this 2 hour workshop you will be given an introduction in to the traditional Japanese method of mending- using Sashiko and Boro embroidery, using beautiful fabrics as patches to fix any holes in your clothing and to create beautiful traditional designs.

You will have a range of stencils to choose from to outline your Sashiko design on your clothing or fabric. And our friendly tutor will give you design suggestions on how to layer up your patches, to give that authentic Japanese Boro effect.

This will be a hand sewing class, so no need to be a pro on the sewing machine! Which means you will be able to learn the techniques and continue to fix your clothing in the comfort of your own home.

Suitable for complete beginners

Click here to find out more about RESTORATION LONDON and Japanese Mending 

Tickets £30 Book now