Margate NOW began in 2014 as Margate Festival, and has grown into an annual festival producing contemporary culture for diverse audiences in site-specific locations around Margate. Initially delivered by an independent producer, Margate Festival was originally funded by Turner Contemporary, Kent County Council, Dreamland and Arts Council England. 2014’s ”Summer of Colour” was a town-wide programme of events inspired by Turner Contemporary’s Summer exhibition “Mondrian and Colour”. Since then Margate Festival has grown in size and focusses on developing arts and culture in the area. The festivals of 2018 to 2021 worked with over 600 artists and attracted visitor numbers in excess of 15,000 each year. 2019 saw a step-change in delivery with organisations across the town working together alongside Turner Prize at Turner Contemporary. 

Margate NOW Team
Director: Dan Chilcott
Festival Producer: Jenny Duff

Guest Curators 
2018: Sacha Craddock
2019: Russell Tovey
2020: People Dem Collective
2021: Anna Colin