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Sidney Cooper Gallery

The Sidney Cooper is a fantastic gallery space profiling high quality work rooted in a sense of tradition/the aesthetic. Staff and students from Canterbury Christ Church University, local and national artists exhibit throughout a varied yearly programme.

Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir

A Male Voice Choir of 40+ singers. Formed in 1929 by miners who had come to work in the new Kent coalfield, we now draw our members from all over S.E.Kent and from all walks of life. Based at Aylesham, we practice every week and sing 20 concerts a year, in S.E England, and on the near Continent.

South East Dance

South East Dance exists to make more dance happen within and beyond the South East region.

We support those who work in dance, encourage more people to participate in dance and we enable artists to create dance. South East Dance engages inspiring artists to generate exceptional dance experiences. We work to ensure a thriving ecology for dance and to enhance the conditions for more, bolder and better dance to take place regionally, nationally and internationally. Our aims are:

  • To increase access to dance
  • To increase participation in dance
  • To raise the profile of dance
  • To provide artistic and strategic leadership for dance
  • To encourage learning and workforce development in dance

St Edmund's School Canterbury

An independent school for ages 3-18

Strode Park Foundation

Theatre in the Park
The foundation offers a unique opportunity to enjoy live theatre and music in the open air. Set within 14 acres of beautiful gardens, it is the only amphitheatre in Kent that is purpose built to offer total access to able-bodied and disabled people both as audience and performers. The theatre is run entirely by volunteers and profits from ticket sales, raffles and refreshments are donated to the Strode Park Foundation for Disabled People, an independent voluntary organisation and registered charity no 227794.

The Lindley Players

Formed by Ralph Lindley in 1946 and performing in local church halls, The Lindley Players eventually realised a long held dream when they purchased their current home, formerly the United Reformed Church, in 1980. A year of hard work by members converted the church into a beautiful theatre seating 186, The Playhouse. Since then a continuing programme of improvements has seen major developments in all areas of the theatre, most recently with a major update of the lighting and sound box and associated systems. The Lindley Players put on a range of productions throughout the year - drama, comedy, pantomime and musical shows. The Playhouse also hired out to local theatre groups as well as visiting productions and events. A coffee morning is held each Saturday from 10am to 12noon. If you would like to join, please write to: The Membership Secretary, The Playhouse, 104 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1AZ or call in on any Saturday morning.

The Really Promising Company

The Really Promising Company was formed in early 2007 by several members of the cast of Promised Land which opened the Canterbury Festival in 2006. It is a community arts company open to actors, dancers and singers of all ages who are privileged to work alongside professional singers, musicians, directors, etc several of whom have worked for television, sung at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden or directed shows that have travelled abroad. The Company performed Kentish Tales, also as part of the Canterbury Festival, in October 2007.

Theatrecraft

Theatrecraft is a thriving amateur society, affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). With three productions a year, including a summer musical, a pantomime and a play, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. A society for all seasons!