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SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment

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SALT Festival of the Sea and Environment invites you on a creative and inspiring journey through the landscape and culture of Folkestone's coastline from Friday 13 - Sunday 22 September 2019.

SALT Festival returns for it's fourth year, with a mix of joy and provocation, urgency and exhilaration, as we immerse ourselves in questions of landscape and culture. Together we'll explore environmental concerns such as extinction and climate; consider public activism, slow fashion, and (re)wilding; devour hearty local food, build boats, bellow shanties, and so much more.

Co-curated by Creative FolkestoneFolkestone Fringe and Go to the Pine, SALT explores the way coastal environments shape who we are and asks what the future might hold for those living on the edge.

Check out the programme of events below and view the brochure online here.

Keep up to date with future events by following us on Twitter @SALT_fest.

SALT Launch + Folkestone Sea Shanty

18th September, 6:45pm

Raise a glass to celebrate the official launch of SALT Festival of the Sea & Environment and the world premiere of The Folkestone Sea Shanty...

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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan

18th September, 7:30pm

Multi award-winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick. With a cast of six athletic dancers...

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Katrin Albrecht: Cut from the Same Cloth

19th September, 9am - 22nd September

An installation inspired by the ongoing refugee crisis that stands as a bold statement for our global shared human rights. Deconstructed and...

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Guardians of the Deep: Grown-Up Rock Pooling

19th September, 9:15am

Grown-Up Rock PoolingReturn to your childhood and come rock pooling at this event for those who are young at heart! Zoë Stevenson, from Guardians...

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Haeckels: Salt Treatment

19th September, 11am - 22nd September, 3pm

In the UK, salt-making stretches back to prehistoric times when the process involved clay furnaces and pans. This panhouse process was most...

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Judith Anketell: The Lament Lists

19th September, 5pm - 22nd September, 11am

Drawings of endangered, critically endangered and extinct fish seen in close viewed Illustrations and long viewed Installation lamenting the...

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Mel Wrigley: Mass Extinction

19th September, 6pm

There have been five mass extinctions on Earth through geological time and at each one over 75% of all species were lost. It's not always...

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a:dress : Fashion to Die For

19th September, 7:30pm

In the UK, clothing has the fourth largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food. Each year 430,000 tonnes of clothing are...

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Chris Poundwhite & Craig Gell: Green Language

20th September, 11am - 22nd September

Local artists Craig Gell and Chris Poundwhite explore the familiar yet remote landscape of the ever-present Folkestone Downs. Through a blend...

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Folkestone's Fishing Heritage & History Museum Guided Tour

20th September, 12pm - 22nd September

Folkestone Fishing Museum is a fascinating, hands-on display of fishing equipment, artifacts and pictures of former Folkestone fishermen and...

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Alan Taylor: Alan's Archive

20th September, 2pm

Alan Taylor is one of Folkestone's best-known Historians. In his home he has a remarkable research library all about Folkestone. For SALT...

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a:dress : Clothes Swish

20th September, 5:30pm

Refresh your wardrobe, reduce waste, save money!Swishing is the easy way to update your wardrobe. It's guilt-free shopping with no cost to...

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Search Party: STORM

20th September, 7:30pm

The world has ended, the world as we know it at least. Using recycled languages from disaster cinema, climate politics, folk stories and classic...

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Search Party: Landfill

21st September, 10am

Search Party will be hosting a workshop to develop a new project called Landfill and other climate games for families. Landfill is an interactive...

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Katrin Albrecht: Compost Revolution

21st September, 10am

Have you got an opinion about climate change, bee extinction or oceans full of plastic? Pop into this workshop to create your very own statement...

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Wild Food Folk: Searching for Seaweed

21st September, 10:30am

In this walk led by Luke Mahony-Page of Wild Food Folk, we will explore The Warren and discover a wealth of edible coastal plants. We will...

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a:dress : Clothes Clinic with Dorit Young

21st September, 11am

Bring your favourite piece of clothing (jumper, denims, dress or head-wear) to the Clothes Clinic and learn how to mend, repair or make small...

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Textile Terrorism with Erica Parrett

21st September, 11am

Make a flag, wall hanging or banner using patterned fabrics, ribbons, pom poms and felt. Make up your own family motto about saving the planet...

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Graeme Miller: Wild Car

21st September, 12pm

WILD CAR (from the Welsh Car Gwyllt) is an improvised device, part camera dolly, part ride-on rail vehicle. This year artist Graeme Miller...

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Joanna Jones, Helen Lindon & Clare Smith: 3 Films

21st September, 2pm

Since 2015 Joanna Jones, Helen Lindon and Clare Smith have made collaborative artworks for SALT festival including three commissioned films...

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a:dress : Bad Mending with Annie Taylor

21st September, 4pm

An extremely visible mending workshop with Annie Taylor, Co-Founder of The Profanity Embroidery Group. Bring along your favourite shirt with...

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Is Climate Change Above the Law (Part 2)?

21st September, 5pm

For SALT Festival 2016, we hosted a discussion entitled Is Climate Change Above the Law? Since then, Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion...

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Vybarr Cregan-Reid: Primate Change : How the World We Made is Remaking Us

21st September, 7:30pm

Vybarr Cregan-Reid is an author, academic and broadcaster who has written widely on literature, health, nature and the environment. His most...

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Film: Woman At War (12A)

21st September, 9pm

Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminium industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her...

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SALT Artists' Breakfast

22nd September, 10am

An informal breakfast hosted by Helen Lindon, Joanna Jones and Clare Smith. Join us for conversation over delicious kedgeree supplied by The...

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Joanna Jones, Helen Lindon & Clare Smith: Moon Talk

22nd September, 10am

The final part of a SALT trilogy of films will be screened on a loop. The artists find themselves at Samphire Hoe, a piece of land made from...

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Guardians of the Deep: Great British Beach Clean

22nd September, 10:30am

Join in with the biggest beach clean survey in the UK! The Great British Beach Clean has been collecting important data with the help of volunteers...

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a:dress : Visible Mending with Deborah Nash

22nd September, 11am

Darn it, don't ditch it! A meditative mending clinic with knitter Deborah Nash, founder of Granny Drops a Clanger and one of the founding...

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James Canton: Wild Writing

22nd September, 11am

Explore techniques of writing the wild with James Canton, nature and travel writer who leads the MA in Wild Writing at Essex University. The...

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Jim Lockey: ARK

22nd September, 12pm

A live art happening that invites participants to work as a community to construct and pilot a vessel. Deconstructing and reframing the notion...

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a:dress: Upcycling Foil with Claire Angel

22nd September, 1pm

Sunday 22 September, 1pm – 3pm, Drop InThe Clearing, Quarterhouse, Tickets £3An upcycling foil workshop for children and adults in small...

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Circumference Circus: Seed

22nd September, 1pm - 4pm

A renewable spectacle for the whole family, a positive vision for a greener future featuring aerialists, acrobats and live music. Seed is...

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a:dress: Inside Out Fashion with Lubna Gem Arielle

22nd September, 3pm

This participatory workshop explores techniques from positive psychology and self-care strategies enabling us to experience positive emotions...

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SALT Dip with Kent Sea Swimmers

22nd September, 4pm

Join the Kent Sea Swimmers for a fun social swim from Mermaid beach. Meet by the stone circle in front of Mermaid Café. All welcome!Kent...

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James Canton: Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain

22nd September, 4:30pm

The shadows of prehistory are not so far from our modern world. The practices that prove so revealing to us today, from stone circles and...

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Sustainable Food Long Table + SALT Wrap

22nd September, 6pm

Changing our relationship to food NOW is critical in creating a future for our grandchildren. Every day we purchase, consume and throw away...

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