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Friends of Canterbury Festival

The Friends of Canterbury Festival were created to support the Festival and, in turn, to give extra benefits to its loyal supporters. For the small sum of £25 for a single, £35 for a couple and £40 for a family, Friends receive some excellent benefits such as two weeks’ priority booking, discounts on selected events and last minute offers. For those who would like to become more deeply involved and receive more benefits there are also Silver (£100.00) and Gold (£300.00) memberships. Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival, offers a terrific variety of entertainment during late October and early November each year. Using local venues such as the Marlowe Theatre, the Cathedral, St Mary’s Studio Hall Theatre and St Gregory’s Centre for Music, an incredible mixture of performances can be enjoyed. Nowhere is this variety better demonstrated than at the fantastic Spiegeltent, an atmospheric and beautiful 1920’s Mobile Dance Hall which hosts a truly eclectic mix of shows. In addition, there are Walks and Talks, Science and Family shows and a whole assortment of Umbrella events. Canterbury Festival is also dedicated to bringing the Arts to new audiences, encouraging participation and providing opportunities for learning. Its year-round programme promotes engagement with the Arts for everyone and, under its Made in Kent framework, provides opportunities for young Kent-based performers to feature in the Festival itself. For more information about the Festival’s outreach work please see the Festival website To help support the Festival the Friends run fundraising events throughout the year and organises the annual Poet of the Year Competition. Friends receive an early copy of the brochure, Spring and Autumn Newsletters and regular emails with news of everything happening in and around the Festival. For more information please visit the Friends pages of the Festival website. To join please download an application for from there, contact Tina on 01227 452853 or

Ms Genevieve Hall

She aims to bring Art and Culture to the local community, especially the elderly. She organises a series of about 12 talks every summer, covering a wide range of subjects with excellent speakers.

Historical Association - Canterbury Branch

This very active branch of the well-known and prestigious national organisation, the Historical Association, organises lectures, visits, writing competitions and debates, and supports the teaching of history with seminars, meetings and other activities. Membership invaluable for anyone interested in history.

Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre

A non-profit making charity (registered charity no. 1099570). Founded in 2004, and guided by a voluntary board of trustees. A modern award winning building at the heart of Whitstable. With large gallery spaces, showcasing events, music, comedy, film screenings and classes. Open seven days a week 9am – 9pm and 10am – 6pm Sundays. A great place to have lunch or coffee in our fully licensed café, open 9am - 6pm Monday - Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sundays. We have galleries, rooms and a performance space available to hire for your needs such as exhibitions, events, gigs, film screenings, private functions and meetings, plus on-site catering, with lighting and sound system available in our performance space. The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre is a warm welcoming place for all, with father friendly baby changing facilities and disabled access throughout.

Liz Jennings

I'm a writer working on my own short stories, novels, plays, screenplays and magazine features. I also design and facilitate life writing and creative writing groups with and for people with dementia. I'm particularly interested in encouraging others to express themselves creatively through the written word, and in building sociable, friendly groups around this basis to bring people together, particularly lonely and marginalised people, or those lacking confidence in their writing ability.

Kent Youth Dance Company

Kent Youth Dance Company (KYD) is the fulfilment of a long term vision, to give the talented dancers of Kent the opportunity to be coached by and then perform with current professional dancers from major companies. It is unique in that its summer course & productions include not only excerpts from the famous classical ballets but also original choreography in jazz, contemporary and tap.

Littlebourne Barn Committee

Musical Theatre Society (University of Kent)