Ramsgate Festival

22 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017

A town wide 9 day long arts festival encompassing music, shows, outdoor arts, exhibitions, workshops, walks and talks

The theme for this years' Ramsgate Festival, "Dream Marine" produced by Teresa Askew.  The theme is inspired by the harbour, history, beaches, town and coast

This year the Ramsgate Festival will run concurrently with Ramsgate Week (24th - 28th July) and provide a rich programme of activities taking place all over town, wrapping around the Royal Temple Yacht Club's historic sailing regatta.

*Daily beach activities.
 
*Opera on the beach – the Festival kicks off, on 22 July, with the screening of a brand new production of Handel’s famous opera, Semele, as part of Coastal Communities Alliance, Magnae Vitae and Garsington Opera’s Opera For All programme which is partnered with Thanet’s own Looping the Loop, through Ramsgate Arts. There will be a packed programme of opera themed events to help launch the Festival, following the success of last year’s Big Opera Takeover, which was geared around the critically acclaimed Garsington production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, where local people took part in opera flash mobs, opera-oke and random ballroom dancing in the streets.
 
*A twilight procession and magical fire display on Ramsgate Main Sands on 30 July, to close the Festival - and provide a great start to the summer holidays!
 
*Littoral Light II’ – back by popular demand, a beautiful, temporary twilight art exhibition, uniquely set in the tidal zone of Ramsgate beach on the evening of 28th July, by the artists’ collective, Article 10.
 
*Evening and daytime shows for all ages and tastes, including the return of Sadie Hennessy’s side-splitting - and very adult - ‘End Of the Pier Show’.
 
*Festival Market in Harbour Parade 22/23 July and 29/30 July.
 
*World music and dance stage plus pop up parades on 29/30 July, including Ramsgate Rising, a showcase stage for an impressive roll call of Ramsgate Talent.
 
*A selection of walks, talks classes and art exhibitions.
 
*Pirate Day! – Wednesday 26 July