Nadia Rasheed

The Squall That Makes Ramsgate’s Summer

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Ramsgate’s Summer Squall is one of the highlights of the town’s year – a festival that runs over three days packed with art, music and laughter.

The events are many and varied: on Saturday you are invited to attend a workshop led by the Page Mason School of Dance (a group celebrating its 50th anniversary!) or treat yourself to some original jazz music courtesy of Gareth Lockrane and his 16 piece band.

The Kings Theatre is also showcasing The Austerity Show- an evening of theatre and hilarity where Hubert and Eunace Mountjoy struggle to do a lot with a little.

On Sunday, acclaimed theatre company Periplum are producing an interactive journey through the Wonderland of Kent complete with high-tech visual installations to immerse yourself in. An event entitled ‘Urban Exposure’ takes place on the same day and is a culmination of workshops, graffiti, beatboxing and poetry. There are opportunities for singing workshops with Glee Club UK (video below) and mystery scavenger hunts organised by Brain Men as well as a chance to meet Spanish artists Toc de Fusta.

If you have, unbelievably, found nothing that appeals to your artistic sensibilities yet, Monday has even more on offer. The morning opens with a writing workshop that rewards the winner with an introduction to one of the country’s top literary agents. The Summer Squall is not only an opportunity for fun and education but also a great chance to promote yourself within your niche! Clive Holland – Artistic Director of Mischievous Theatre – is also on hand to talk about the production of a play: from research to the stage. The festival’s programme in its entirety can be downloaded and viewed here.

The Summer Squall concludes with a musical boat parade at the seafront to celebrate Ramsgate’s connection to the sea and everyone is invited to dress up in costume – nautical themed preferably!

The festival runs from Saturday 24 – Monday 26 August. To buy tickets to any of the events click here.

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