Margate NOW 2020 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that this year aims to increase online cultural activity and to deliver real-world, socially distanced experiences. The festival is Guest Curated by People Dem Collective, a community group based in Margate that facilitate systemic change, promote healing and continue the work of their ancestors. 

Over the three weekends, we will celebrate the best contemporary culture from Margate’s world-class creative community with a range of diverse and inclusive events.

About People Dem Collective

People Dem Collective is a community group based in Margate. Due to launch in March 2020, they had to pause because of the global pandemic. They facilitate systemic change, promote healing and continue the work of their ancestors. 

Members of the leadership team are from Black, Brown & Diaspora communities in Thanet. The collective was born out of a lived experience of lack of space, engagement and inclusion for Black, Brown & Diaspora communities. Their focus is on raising aspirations whilst elevating and healing those from within these communities. People Dem Collective also has a strong positive focus on supporting and acknowledging white people to become positive allies amongst their own community. 

People Dem Collective are currently fundraising with the aim to achieve their overall mission of running a substantial space on the seafront in Margate as the People Dem Collective Cultural Centre, open to all of the communities and visitors to Margate.

@peopledemcollective |

Margate Festival Team

Dan Chilcott, Jo Murray, Claire Orme

Festival Coordinator:
Jenny Duff

Margate NOW 2020 is only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and South East Creatives.