Margate NOW 2018

14 – 30 September

The Margate Festival encourages us to live in the moment, to momentarily stop whatever we do to participate, jump in, and focus on what is really happening. Not to record, document, look back or forward, so much as to speedily or slowly, in a potentially dangerous and fast changing time, concentrate on NOW.

It is powerful, to shift from the collective to the individual, then back again, to experience everything, from slow walking, fast filming, collective food, through to painting, performance and fun. From self-conscious contemplation to hyper hedonistic blast, we hope to present gain and pleasure, insight and effect, gentle compulsion and roaring necessity in the very present.”

Sacha Craddock – Guest Curator

The programme included poets in cafes waiting to write for you inspired by the world around them, sound installations, exhibitions, unexpected signs, projection, performance, workshops, print, poetry, drama, photography, painting, walks, tours, video and film screenings, shared food and experiences.

From Margate Station to The Garden Gate Project and in over thirty venues in between, visitors could discover more than sixty events to provoke thought, draw you in and entertain you. 

Margate Festival 2018 was funded by Kent County Council, Turner Contemporary and Dreamland Margate. With a special thanks to Pie Factory Margate, Marine Studios, Sands Hotel and Thanet District Council.