buildING connections between local communities and the wide variety of creative opportunities found in East Kent.
Canterbury Festival is committed to producing community projects, whether that be large-scale community opera or free workshops in conjunction with the Family programme during half term. We are skilled at brokering relationships between local charities, community groups and artists and those who become involved with the organisation tend to stay involved for an extended period.
'the young people (…) had clearly gotten a lot out of the course. The diversity of the group and the way they were all able to express themselves and gain an invaluable experience was incredible.' LINK 2016 audience member, Kent County Council
‘probably the most important weeks of my life as I’m now 100% sure this is what I want to do as a career’ Jack Brown, Assistant Stage Management placement, 2016
'It was a fantastic experience for the children. They loved working with an artist and were so proud to be part of the parade.' Petham Primary School, 2016
Over the past 2 years we have delivered 6 LINK projects:
- Working with Kent Refugee Action Network 15 young asylum seekers worked with an artist to produce a piece of artwork that was exhibited at the Sidney Cooper Gallery – one outcome of the project was the group felt empowered to enter gallery spaces without feeling self-conscious or the feeling they didn’t belong there.
- 12 Young people at Canterbury College who identified as NEET worked with a musician on a summer music school improving skills in music performance and production and team work. 5 of these went on to full time education following the project.
- Rising Sun DVAS worked with an animator on a series of animation workshops for their service users aged 12-18.
- St Nicholas School worked with a hip hop artist on a series of music/hip hop making workshops for their Year 7 students, empowering the CYP with writing and performance skills.
- Porchlight worked with 2 dancers from Kent Dance Network on a series of dance workshops for their service users.
- Catching Lives are working with an artist on a series of sculpture activities inspired by scratchcards exploring the theme ‘Homelessness need not mean hopelessness.’ One outcome of this project will be an exhibition in the Beaney in March 2018.
LINK 2017 - Rising Sun DVAS worked with an animator
LINK 2017 - St Nicholas School worked with a hip hop artist
LINK 2017 - Porchlight worked with 2 dancers from Kent Dance Network
Read more about LINK 2016 by clicking here.
Read more about LINK 2015 with Kent Refugee Action Network by clicking here.
For more information on the project, including how to get involved, please contact Liz Flynn for more information by emailing Liz@canterburyfestival.co.uk or 01227 452853.