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Creative Quarter Newsletter - September 2019


As we begin to wave goodbye to summer and welcome in the Autumn, there's no better time to learn something new and get involved in Creative Quarter activities this September.

Journey to the Seven Stars

The Woodshed Studio & Gallery, Bail Steps (off The Old High Street), CT20 1SJ | Sat 21 - Sun 29 Sep | 11am-4pm daily

Catherine Robinson, Kent printmaker and life-long T’ai Chi teacher, presents a sequence of etchings inspired by the symbolism of the T’ai Chi. The work depicts every woman’s mythical life journey from childhood to death and beyond.

Catherine tells the story in words and images of allegorical encounters with monkeys, tigers, wild horses and snakes.

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Invisible Opera House: Five Opera Hub Inquiries

Customs House, Harbour Arm, CT20 1QH | Thu 5 Sep - Fri 29 Nov

Opera Hub Inquiries are part of a larger project called Invisible Opera House, which is seeking a home for opera in Folkestone.

The Inquiries programme aims to provoke discussion and collaborate with the audience to draw together insights into the grand art, with some informal live music to illuminate the way.

Thu 5 Sep | 7.30pm - Opera: Captivation or Confinement? A conversational event led by renowned composer John Woolwich and director/mezzo Tania Holland Williams. At this event we are delighted to welcome the wonderful playing of Asako Morikawa on Viol.

Thu 26 Sep | 7.30pm - Is Opera Gender Neutral? Led by world class coloratura soprano Laure Meloy and director/mezzo Tania Holland Williams. A chance to find out more about the notion of identity in opera and where it might be heading in the 21st century.

Thu 17 Oct | 7.30pm - A Recipe for Opera Led by composer/performer Anna Braithwaite and director/mezzo Tania Holland Williams, this interactive workshop will invite the audience to determine the essential ingredients and best methods for cooking up an opera.

Sat 2 Nov | 7pm - Who Needs An Opera House? Led by artistic director of Tete a Tete festival, Bill Bankes-Jones, and director/mezzo Tania Holland Williams, with special guest composer Sam Bordoli. This evening will also include a performance of the short opera Belongings.

Fri 29 Nov | 7pm - The Clark Kent School of Opera. A final inquiry event led by Artistic Director of Fat Lady Opera, Tania Holland Williams, that invites people to start to imagine a Folkestone, where the everyday congress of life is surprised, disrupted and delighted by the interruption of opera.

Inquiries are free to attend, but space is limited, so please reserve a ticket. Donations will be accepted at the end of each Inquiry.

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SALVAGE Festival

]performance s p a c e [, 62 Tontine Street, CT20 1JP | Sat 21 Sep

SALVAGE Festival is a one-day festival of site-specific performance art at various sites across Folkestone and The Warren.

Invited artists will examine notions of reclamation, ecological sensitivity, damage control, value and care, within our current socio-political frame of late capitalism and environmental collapse. With contemporary performance art as its lens, SALVAGE Festival will explore what can, should and must be saved - what will end in wreckage - and how these processes will disproportionately affect minoritarian peoples and communities.

Artists have not been given a materials budget, but instead have been asked that they deeply engage with the site responsive, reclamation & ecologically sensitive conditions of the festival's invitation. The first three artists announced are Sikarnt SkoolisariapornKajoli Ilojak and Vivian Chinasa Ezugha.

Keep an eye out on Instagram for more artist announcements throughout August.

Check the website for the map and performance schedule closer to the Festival.

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Heather Orr Home collection launches at London Design Fair 2019

Hall 7, Stand 7.06, Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL | Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep

Dedicated to craftsmanship and cutting-edge design, Heather Orr provides innovative luxury lighting and accessories for the contemporary interior. The Heather Orr Home and Heather Orr Reclaimed collections incorporate traditional processes with a contemporary aesthetic. Each piece is made by hand with bespoke and custom options available. With a focus on sustainability, recycled and reclaimed materials are sourced where possible.

The Reclaimed Collection gives old shades a new lease of life, discarded vintage lampshades are stripped back, given a fresh coating and knotted with a choice of yarn in a range of colours and finishes.

With a colour palette that spans from lush forest greens to soft neutral tones, the Heather Orr Home Collection is inspired by a love of process and craftsmanship alongside a high level of finish. Neutrals feature alongside burnt orange and peach which highlight the collection. The juxtaposition of traditional shapes and craft processes combined with a slick aesthetic, result in a range of covetable and comforting pieces for the home.

Materials such as raffia, recycled cotton and linen feature alongside our range of silky-soft viscose tape yarns, which are corded in our Kent studio and finished by hand with custom-made Perspex beads.

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Draft & Stitch courses in The Robing Room

digital:glassworks, Mill Bay, CT20 1JG

Saturday 7 September | 10am-4.30pm | £60

Bring along one or two garments from your wardrobe that you would love to make again and with supervision create a pattern to take home with you. 

Starting Saturday 28 September | £250 5 day course | Equipment and materials included

Beginners pattern cutting. Make your own body block and create new styles in paper pattern form that are to your measurements and shape, so that you can make your own exclusive garments.  

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Call out for SALT Festival of the Sea & Environment 2019 volunteers!

The festival is taking place at several locations across Folkestone from Friday 13 - Sunday 22 September.

Together we will be exploring environmental concerns, consider public activism, devour hearty local food, build boats, bellow shanties and so much more. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Louella Ward on  

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BFI Doc Society Local: South East

Depot, Lewes, BN7 2JS | Tue 17 Sep | 9.30am-6pm

Join the BFI Doc Society team in Lewes for a day of funding news, creative case studies and networking. The event is hosted in partnership with Screen South and BFI Network Film Hub South East and is an opportunity to find out more about the BFI Doc Society national lottery funds for UK Documentaries. It is also an opportunity to hear from other organisations supporting and commissioning creative forms of non-fiction film-making both in the South East region and nationwide.

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