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CONTENTS Dear Reader, Whether you have read one WOW magazine, or many, this 65th and final issue is dedicated to you.


EDITORIAL: 0845 388 2243 (Calls cost 5p per minute plus your network’s access charge) ONLINE: For submission queries and requests. FREE/PREMIUM LISTINGS (website) Submit your content at DESIGN: A Stones Throw PRINTING: Complete Print Group (CPG) 9-10 Orchard Business Centre Sanderson Way Tonbridge Kent TN9 1QG 01732 366666 PUBLISHER: Emma Dewhurst WEBSITE: Distribution: Medway Towns, Maidstone, Gravesend, Canterbury and Whitstable ©WOW Kent magazine All rights reserved. While every effort has been made to ensure that details in this publication are correct, we cannot accept responsibility for such. Readers are advised to check information listed, to avoid disappointment. Views expressed by contributors and advertisers do not necessarily reflect those of the editor and publisher.

WELCOME TO WOW! Your guide to the best of What’s On Where Medway, Maidstone and the accessible beyond Dear Cherished Reader, It is a bittersweet moment to welcome you to the 65th, and final, print edition of WOW. Many of you will know by now of my decision to stop printing the magazine. It has been an agonising decision to make, but I am hoping to open a new chapter by re-grouping and looking to grow our lovely arts listings website for Kent, Read more about the journey in our main feature on page 12 – take special note of the end of the story! Hang on to this issue into the new year, too, because it is a joint one covering both December and January. We have a sneak preview into some of the goodies awaiting you around the corner in 2017; Lyrici Arts tell us of the terrific programme of events they have in the planning and, of course, we have all the usual listings of the best of what’s on where in Film, Music, Theatre and Visual Art. With heartfelt thanks and love, Emma Dewhurst


Cover image: Apple Tree, print by Jane Prangnell, who will be at the Wayzgoose Print Fair (see opposite). PHOTOGRAPH OF THE EDITOR BY RIKARD ÖSTERLUND

BE A WOW AMBASSADOR! If you use any of our advertisers’ services, or attend an event because you saw it in WOW, please mention it – it really helps. Thank you Find us on Facebook @EmmaDewhurst7

Ben Cameron (WOW’s resident doodler) is an artist living and working on Rochester High Street. His work ranges from doodles to large scale, highly detailed illustrations. Often cited as creating ‘the world’s saddest doodle’ - Google it to see - Ben’s first book, ‘Tragidoodles’ has just been published by Unbound. Emma Dewhurst (Founder and editor) is a mother and actress with a long and varied career in theatre, TV and film. You can spot her in the recent release of ‘Our Kind of Traitor’, adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini from a novel by John le Carré. Future career currently TBC. Nick Walker is the director of Rochester Kino, screening contemporary world cinema and classic films at various venues around Medway and in London. Nick previously wrote for The Guardian, was director of National Schools Film Week and is a freelance writer, teacher and film cinema/festival programmer. He currently works for London’s famous Phoenix Cinema.




The Wayzgoose Print Fair returns on Saturday 10 December with a fine assortment of hand printed artwork, textiles and gifts for sale made by artists working at Medway Fine Printmakers' studio, plus letterpress and Risograph activities to print your own souvenir card, and a popular tombola where you can win a screen printing course for 20p (my little one won this last time and it’s brilliant! Ed.). INTRA, 337 - 341 High Street, Rochester ME1 1DA. Free entry. 10am to 5pm.

Dreamland, Margate undergoes its popular transformation into The Frosted Fairground again this year. As well as the vintage rides there are also lots of yuletide treats to behold across the amusement park each day it’s open. Open weekends 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 Dec; then daily from 17 Dec to 2 Jan, 12pm – 6pm (Christmas Eve 12 – 4pm. Closed Christmas Day).

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Few things bestow more of a feel for the season than a Christmas concert. Our two very different suggestions are these: T Jae Cole’s local choirs take part in an uplifting CHARITY FUNDRAISING CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the Royal Historic Dockyard Church on Friday 16 December at 7.30pm (tickets from, and a CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS GUITAR CONCERT by Richard Durrant, with Amy Kakoura and Nick Pynn, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Cobham on 8 December (tickets: 07831 756306).

MAKE A CHRISTMAS DEC! Self-led activity: just pick up your bag of craft goodies at the desk and off you go! £1 per child. Until 2 Jan 2017. Explorers and Collectors Gallery, The Beaney, 18 High Street, CT1 2RA. Tel: 01227 862 162.

MADE IN WHITSTABLE CHRISTMAS SHOW Festive offerings from some of the seaside town’s finest artists and makers. Runs 14 – 20 December at The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable CT5 1AF. Tel: 01227 281174.



POEMS BY BILL LEWIS ‘The Long Ago and Eternal Now’ is the latest collection of poems by Medway poet, artist and mythographer Bill Lewis. Described by writer Sarah Hehir as ‘joyous’, this is a substantial collection by a poet at the height of his powers, punctuated by black and white illustrations by the author. The book is published by Greenheart Press, an imprint of WOW. It costs £12 and will be available from all good online retailers from January 2017. Until then, you can get hold of a copy before Christmas by contacting Bill Lewis via his website:


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FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY SPECIAL WEEKEND at ROYAL ENGINEERS MUSEUM Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2017 11.30am-5pm (last entry 4pm)


EMIL KREISLER? SHORT STORIES BY NIGEL JARRETT The 29th book to be published by Kentbased independent publisher Cultured Llama, ‘Who Killed Emil Kreisler’ is a collection of stories by awardwinning Welsh writer Nigel Jarrett. It’s Jarrett’s second collection, and just before it appeared in November he was announced as the winner of the inaugural Templar Shorts award. You can purchase from

A free weekend of activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of the World War Two winning Bailey bridge. Field Marshal Montgomery is recorded as saying that "without the Bailey bridge, we should not have won the War". Take the family STEM challenge to build a bridge and learn more about force and construction – ‘unbelievable prizes’ are promised for the bridge that carries the most weight! • Pop up Bailey bridge exhibition • Lecture 12pm and 3pm ‘Bailey the real story’. • Build a model Bailey bridge • Construct a bridge out of K’NEX • Drive a model tank • Family bridge building challenge with prizes


Shooting Stories in Sheppey The Employment Through Arts (ETA) Project, is looking for young adults 18 to 30 who are not in full time employment or education to take part in a series of creative workshops in Sheerness focussed on film making, digital media, teamwork and employability skills. As well as the opportunity to make a short film for their portfolio there will be talks from Film industry experts and trips to creative industries based in Kent. The programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds. A limited number of 12 places are currently available on the ETA Project. For further enquiries or to book your free place visit and click ‘Employment through Arts (ETA) Project’. Alternatively, email or call Lance on 0845 860 3655.

PLAY T FRINGE! The Sixth Maidstone Fringe Festival takes place across a variety of venues over a five day Bank Holiday weekend between 27 April and 1 May 2017, and is currently seeking submissions from original bands and solo acts from the South East, and Kent in particular. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2017 event will see a wide mixture of music in Maidstone, from rock, indie and pop-punk, through to acoustic and blues acts, ska and reggae, contemporary folk, funk, soul, dance and hip-hop. Some artists are already confirmed to play, but MFF is currently looking for acts: artists can send across links to music and live videos via the Festival’s Facebook page. F: maidstonefringefestival W:


Public lecture series:

2nd Sunday of the month. 6.30pm - 8pm Lecture, refreshments & discussion





THEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF LAMENT: Authentic Prayer in Times of Trouble Rev'd Dr Simon Stock. How can we pray in response to sudden loss or chronic distress? With particular reference to the psalm prayers. St William's Church Walderslade Village ME5 9LR Open to all. Free to attend.


A Conspiracy History of the World WED 18 JANUARY, 8PM An intriguing alternative history of humankind, as seen through the eyes of those who question the establishment version of events, from the Gunpowder Plot to JFK, the Moon landings, Princess Diana and the ‘New World Order’. £4. Wigmore Library, ME8 0PX. Booking: 01634 338319.

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COMMUNITY CAROLS The Lord Mayor’s community carol service takes place in Rose Square, Canterbury on Christmas Eve. Traditionally attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the event attracts thousands. 6pm start.


Legacyl Paint the Town

LEGACY The Legacy project is a free season of Black Minority Ethnic Lyrical Theatre and Literature events in local Medway library buildings from January to October 2017, funded by a grant for the arts libraries fund from Arts Council England. All events are free but booking is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. For more information on BSL supported events visit

THU 6 APR, 7.30 - 9PM ‘I AM THE REFEREE’ Book talk with Ian John Lewis and author Mark Heffernan. Suitable for Ages 16+ Chatham Library ME4 4TX THU 1 JUNE, 7.30 - 9PM WIL JOHNSON: A KENT ACTOR'S CAREER FROM GRASS ROOTS TO NATIONAL FAME Q&A and exploration of some of Johnson’s most popular TV and theatrical roles, including ‘Adulthood’, ‘Emmerdale’,’ Lewis’, ‘Waking the Dead’, ‘King Lear’ and his recent casting in season 3 of ‘Outlander’.Suitable for Ages 16+ Gillingham Library ME7 1BG SAT 1 JULY, 1.30PM - 4PM



Run up side: This feature is sponsored by Lyrici Arts

Kent based Lyrici Arts was founded earlier this year as a not-for-profit limited company working in partnership with local organisations and authorities to address diversity inclusion via arts programming. In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and the Collaborative Touring Network, Keely Augustus and Natalie Clarke produced the first edition of their bi-annual arts and theatre festival, Paint the Town, in September 2016. With a ferocious energy characteristic of the duo, they are currently planning the next two PTT Festivals, and the organisation is about to launch a brand new community project in partnership with Medway Libraries and Medway Council’s Arts Development Team called Legacy. The company has a focus on Black Minority Ethnic (BME) works, and an added remit to include artist development support in their programming. It’s a heady mixture that works.

SAT 14 JAN, FROM 10AM – 2PM OPENING WEEKEND: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Iconic black poetry and prose, featuring Yomi Sode Plus children’s craft workshop, Caribbean canapes and a live Motown band. All ages welcome. Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham ME4 4TX

SAT, 4 MAR, 2-3PM ‘WE DANCE, WE WORK, WE SING’ Scratch theatre performance featuring Ayesha Casely- Hayford. Directed by Colin Watkeys and developed at The Face To Face Festival. For Ages 12+. Strood Library, Community Hub Strood ME2 4TJ TUE 4 APR, 10.30 - 11.30AM CARIBBEAN STORYTIME WITH ANANSI THE SPIDER AND BRER RABBIT Stories, Face-painting and crafts. For ages 3 – 12 years (must be accompanied) Rochester Library ME1 1EW

MOBO: THROUGH THE AGES, WITH THE VANBRUGH HILL MUSIC SYNDICATE A live music event showcasing early to later music of black origin; including Jazz, Soul, Motown, Lover Rock and more. Ages: All ages welcome Chatham Library ME4 4TX SAT 7 OCT, 10AM - 2PM CLOSING WEEKEND: EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE IN BLACK THEATRE Includes an ‘Othello’ acting workshop by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon (prior Royal Shakespeare Company Assistant Director), a talk and Q&A around Shakespeare in Black Theatre and literature; a monologue performance by Wil Johnson from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa’s 2016 production of ‘King Lear’, Caribbean canapes and a live Reggae band. Ages: All ages welcome Chatham Library ME4 4TX Look out for the full programme of Legacy events at your local library.



A twice yearly arts and theatre festival in local venues and hidden spaces across Medway. SPRING SEASON: 19 TO 26 APRIL 2017


BUCKET LIST: a story of love, loss and revenge as a

Mexican woman fights for justice. Physical storytelling, live music and song.



An exposé of a culture obsessed by celebrity

REASSEMBLED, SLIGHTLY ASKEW: an audio-based artwork that immerses the audience in the writer’s experience of nearly dying.

Followed by ‘A Brief Look into the Unreality of Modern Reality Television’, by Steven Keevil (Mid Kent College) The Underground Cinema 13 Military Road, Chatham ME4 4JG To book call 01634 812108 or go to:

NEVERLAND: an immersive theatre show for 1 - 3 year olds. State-of-the-art video design, original music and magical performance.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT charity fundraising Friday 16th December 2016 - 7.30pm

Showcasing our Kent community choirs from MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK DOG: A poetically joyous musical exploring the difficult, beauteous complexity of mental health.

IWADE l MEDWAY l MAIDSTONE and special guest Powerhouse Gospel Choir

For more information and a full listing of events visit: Facebook/PaintTheTownFestival Twitter: @PTT_Festival

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY! Autumn Paint the Town: 25 – 30 October 2017.

At: The Royal Historic Dockyard Church, THE Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE £8.00 adults in advance - £10 on the door Visit our website to reserve your tickets.


PICTURING FAITH This is a rare opportunity to see a world class collection of modern art. The Methodist Modern Art Collection is one of the most significant collections of contemporary religious art and includes work by acclaimed artists Elizabeth Frink, Graham Sutherland, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron. Supported by Kent College, the collection goes on display in the Special Exhibitions Room at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, 18 High Street, Canterbury CT from Saturday 14 January until Sunday 23 April. Admission: ‘Keep us FREE, Give £5’. The main exhibition is accompanied by a series of associated events for all faiths or none, including an exhibition exploring world faiths, a family trail and a comprehensive programme for schools.

Image: Pieta by Elisabeth Frink from the Methodist Modern Art Collection, © TMCP, used with permission

MEDWAY PRINT FESTIVAL 2017 Following the success of the first MPF in 2016, this celebration of the strong local tradition of printmaking returns between 9 – 25 June 2017. Running for two weeks across multiple sites, the festival will showcase some of the best printmaking being created today, as well as highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium. It is supported by Medway Council Arts Development Team and was created by a new independent partnership of Medway’s most prominent arts organisations. Look forward to a print fair, exhibitions, courses, talks, workshops and demonstrations for novice print makers, families and the more experienced. Print techniques covered will include screen-printing, linocuts, woodcuts, gelli prints, monoprinting, collagraph, etching, and textile printing and many events are free. To find out more about MPF’s plans for 2017 visit


HIPSVILLE SEASIDE A GO! GO! Jump back a couple of decades and we have the UK’S original pleasure park, Dreamland Margate, presenting the UK’s wildest 50s/60s party weekend. This will be Hipsville’s fifth edition and its first at Dreamland. Guests can experience a long weekend of British seaside fun featuring international bands, all-star DJs, Saturday night costume party, exotic TiKi cocktail party, a vintage market and a custom car and bike show.

Don’t be fooled by the rather crass title – this is not a tribute show! Following a successful first run earlier this year, the ‘80’s Invasion’ tour is back in 2017 with four iconic artists from the decade performing on the same bill. The new line-up features Paul Young - one of the most popular solo artists from the era; legendary pop punk princess Toyah; Liverpool’s New Wave guitar duo China Crisis and performing in the UK for the first time in over 25 years, US pop singer-songwriter, Martika. That’s got to be a fun night. The tour takes in 15 dates and comes to Central Theatre, Chatham on Thursday 9 March. Call 01634 338338 for tickets, or visit

Hipsville Seaside A Go! Go! takes place over one crazy weekend: 28, 29 & 30 April (evening events for over 18s only). Three day Weekend Tickets include unlimited use of all the Dreamland vintage rides. All tickets from Dreamland’s website: For more information visit

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT Canadian-American folk-rock singer songwriter Wainwright returns to Revelation Ashford at the end of January. Touring her new album, ‘Goodnight City’, which includes her own material alongside songs written by her friends and other great songwriters such as Beth Orton, Glen Hansard and brother Rufus Wainwright, this is Wainwright’s only Kent gig and not to be missed. Martha Wainwright plays Revelation Ashford, St Mary the Virgin, The Churchyard, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QG on Tuesday 31 January. Doors 7pm for 7.45pm show. Tickets: General admission £22 Advance/£26 door; Under 16s £18 Advance/£22 Door. Tel: 01233 Image credits: Hipsville TiKi Heads by Owen M Davies Photography 11

Goodbye WOW magazine… “…a great and useful read. During my degree it kept me sane during the midnight hours at Kent Uni, by simply reminding me that life was continuing outside my study walls with highly creative local people. Too many newcomers were ready to misinterpret Medway and you helped to prevent that. Full of things to see and do - always encouraging people to make a discovery.”

I write this exactly six years to the day since the launch of WOW magazine on the rainy night of 24 November, 2010 at Simply Italian in Rochester High Street. Most of the people there I didn’t know: I had invented a guest list from the few names I’d picked up in the domestic years I had lived in Medway, before I knew there was an arts scene here; before I had found the arts community; before I discovered that the place is literally thronging with creative minds.

Gillian Flegg, WOW reader, November 2016 My daughter was six and brought some friends. I ordered baseball caps for them with the ‘WOW Medway’ logo and an awful lot of balloons. Looking back, I wonder at my nerve. Last Monday, with great personal sadness, I made public the announcement that after months of deliberation and efforts to find an alternative solution, I have decided to stop printing WOW magazine. It is no secret that it has been a struggle to keep WOW going as a standalone, independent publication, and after a buzzy start to 2016 following last year's crowdfunding campaign, the second half of the year has finally convinced me that it is not possible for the magazine to sustain the level of income it needs to support the labour, print and distribution costs required to produce it. I have made two attempts to sell the business to publishers with media sales and distribution already in place, neither of which were successful. It is worth saying that if there is anyone reading this who would like to have a serious conversation with me on this front, please get in touch.

… Hello I'm delighted to say, however, that while I won't be making the magazine, I have decided to keep, our lovely arts listings website, with the aim to grow and develop the site into Kent’s go-to website for arts and culture. If you’ve not visited, do take a moment to have a look at the Arts Calendar and our arts-related Classes and Workshops and please add your own content. The more people who use the site, the more comprehensive it will become!

Sign up, say hello Our ‘WOW Weekly’ e-news was very popular with readers earlier this year. I am hoping to resurrect an e-newsletter in the Spring, so if you would like to receive this, with useful links to the best of What's On Where, please subscribe by going to our Home page and clicking on the envelope icon in the top right corner.

The End of the Story I have often written about my journey with WOW as it unfolded, so it seems only fair to share the end of the story… In November last year, for a feature on new writing in the December issue, I interviewed by telephone the Marlowe Theatre’s then Literary Associate, playwright Simon Mendes da Costa, whose new play, ‘A Better Woman’ was about to open in the Marlowe Studio. A few weeks later I attended the Press Night, where we met in person. The following day he wrote to me and asked if I would like to have a coffee, or a drink. The following week we met. The following months we met again. In August I moved into his home in Whitstable and then, dear Reader, he asked me to marry him.

Thank you To the Team: WOW has the best team ever! Many, many people gave of their time, often voluntarily, to ensure the magazine survived and thrived. I could not have made WOW for six years without them – too many to name, but there are a few must-mentions: Paul Baker, WOW’s designer, has stayed with the vision through thick and thin. Find him and employ him please: I salute you, Paul. Emma Baker, for running WOW’s distribution with such grace. Ben Cameron, for his gorgeously funny doodles. Wendy Daws and Rob Flood, for innumerable kindnesses. Sheilagh Dyson, for superlative proofreading skills and friendship. Sam Froudist, for great articles, good humour and love. Laurie Harpum, for her wisdom, and single-handedly ensuring that Sheppey receives WOW every month. Carl Jeffrey, for going the extra mile, always. Bill and Ann Lewis, for everything, and always being there. Anna Morell, for contributing quality features with dazzling consistency. Paul Temple, for teaching me about the transfer of enthusiasm. Nick Walker, for writing tirelessly for WOW for six years. Sun Pier House’s Heather Burgess and Ed Gransden, for their practical support and positivity. Simon, for his love, and, finally, my beloved Millie, who was there from the very beginning, saw it all, put up with it all and held my hand. To our Advertisers and Supporters: WOW magazine owes its six years to the loyalty of its advertisers and supporters. There have been countless instances of mutual trust and goodwill in my dealings with the organisations and individuals who chose WOW to promote their work. Heartfelt thanks. And finally, to you, WOW’s readers, for sharing the journey; for giving so generously during the crowdfunding campaign; for becoming subscribers; for your many messages of support and encouragement and for choosing to live life with the arts in mind: thank you from the bottom of my heart. With love, Emma Dewhurst Founder & Editor, WOW magazine 2010 - 2016

FILM CANTERBURY CURZON Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury CT1 2BT Tel: 0330 500 1331. Ticket Price varies. Highlights include: ROGUE ONE (TBC) Wed 14 – Thu 22 Dec (times vary) Dir: Gareth Edwards Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Felicity Jones First Star Wars standalone film. 133 mins KIDS CLUB: THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL (U) 1992 Sat 17 Dec 10.30am 85 mins WHITE CHRISTMAS (U) 1954 Sun 18 Dec 3.00pm Dir: Michel Curtiz Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney Technicolor classic. 120 mins KIDS CLUB: THE POLAR EXPRESS (U) 2004 Sat 24 Dec 10.30am Dir: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Tom Hanks Animated adventure. 100 mins canterbury GULBENKIAN THEATRE University of Kent Canterbury CT2 7NB 01227 769075. Ticket Price varies. Check website for details. Highlights include: WHITE CHRISTMAS (U) 1954 Sun 4 Dec 2pm Dir: Michel Curtiz Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney 120 mins FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (12A) Fri 9 – Wed 14 Dec (times vary) 133 mins THE INNOCENTS (15) 2016 Fri 9 – Sat 10 Dec (times vary) Dir: Anne Fontaine Drama by director of ‘Coco Before Chanel’. 115 mins UNITED KINGDOM (12A) Fri 16 – Tues 20 Dec (times vary) Dir: Amma Asante Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo Romantic true story. 111mins

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (15) Fri 16 – Sun 18 Dec (times vary) Dir: Tom Ford Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal Absorbing thriller. 117 mins THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (PG) 1993 Sat 17 Dec 10.30am Dir: Henry Selick Animated musical penned by Tim Burton. In 3D. 73 mins IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (U) 1946 Sun 18 Dec 2.30pm Dir: Frank Capra Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore Feel good festive classic. 131 mins. THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL (U) 1992 Mon 19 Dec 2pm Michael Caine as Scrooge. 85 mins MAIDSTONE FILM SOCIETY The Hazlitt Theatre, Earl Street Maidstone ME14 1PL Maidstone Film Society’s 68th Season. Screenings at 8pm on Mondays. Membership required: see website. Mon 5 Dec 8pm HECTOR (15) Dir: Jake Gavin Cast: Peter Mullan A homeless man at Christmas. Warm-hearted. 87 mins RAMS (15) Mon 16 Jan 8pm Dir: Grímur Hákonarson See opposite. 93 mins ROCHESTER KINO @ BROOK THEATRE Old Town Hall, The Brook Chatham ME4 4SE Twitter: @RochesterKino See opposite. ROCHESTER PICTURE PALACE @ THE HUGUENOT MUSEUM The Huguenot Museum (above Medway Visitors Centre) 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX £6, £3.50 concs.

Pre-film introduction and post-film chat. JOYEUX NOEL (12) 116 (Fra) Sat 10 Dec 7pm Dir: Christian Carion Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Guillame Canet. Inspired by the events of Christmas Eve 1914 when an unofficial truce broke out. 116mins TALE OF TALES (15) FRA Tue 13 Dec 7.30pm Dir: Matteo Garrone Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones See opposite. 133mins I, DANIEL BLAKE (15) UK Tue 10 Jan 7.30pm Dir: Ken Loach Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy Scathing critique of modern poverty-infested Britain and an endearing account of the kindness and decency shown by ‘ordinary folk’ enduring the hardships of Broken Britain. 100 mins NOTES ON BLINDNESS (U) UK Tues 24 Jan 7.30pm Dir: Peter Middleton, Jmes Spinney. Cast: John Hull, Marilyn Hull, Miranda BeinartSmith. Inspiring docudrama. 90 mins PAUL GREENGRASS CINEMA @THE WOODVILLE Woodville Place, Gravesend DA12 1DD See website for more screenings and prices. MOANA (U) 2016 Tue 27 Dec – Sun 8 Jan (times vary) Disney animated adventure. 103 mins ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (TBC) 2016 Fri 6 Jan – Thu 12 Jan (times vary) Dir: Gareth Edwards Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Felicity Jones 133 mins SULLY: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON (12A) 2016 Fri 13 Jan – Thu 19 Jan (times vary) Dir: Clint Eastwood Cast: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney

About the pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River. 96 mins FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM 2016 (12A) Fri 13 – Sun 15 Jan (times vary) Dir: David Yates Cast: Eddie Redmayne 133 mins ALLIED (15) 2016 Fri 20 – Tue 24 Jan (times vary) Dir: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard 124 mins PASSENGERS (PG13) 2016 Fri 20 Jan – Wed 25 Jan (times vary) Dir: Morten Tyldum. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen BALLERINA (U) 2016 Sat 21 Jan – Sun 29 Jan (times vary) Dir: Eric Summer, Éric Warin. Animation set in 19th Century Paris. 89 mins THE UNITED KINGDOM (12A) Wed 25 Jan – Thu 26 Jan (times vary) Dir: Amma Asante Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo Romantic true story from our post war past. 111mins SCREEN@THE AVENUE Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DN. Tel: 01795 471140. Tickets £4 GHOSTBUSTER (12A) 2016 136mins Fri 2 Dec 7.45pm ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (15) 2016 91mins Fri 6 Jan 7.45pm UNDERGROUND CINEMA Nucleus Arts , Creative Riverside Hub 13 Military Road, Chatham ME4 4JG FREE screenings. Please note: no disabled access. STARSUCKERS (12A) 2009 Fri 27 Jan 7pm Documentary that explores mankind’s desire to be famous and its effect on society. After the screening Steven Keevil (Mid Kent College) will present ‘A brief look into the unreality of modern reality television’. 103 mins THE INCREDIBLES (U) 2004 Sat 28 Jan 10.30am. 115mins



BROOK THEATRE Old Town Hall, The Brook Chatham ME4 4SE Next year Rochester Kino will be moving its screenings to Saturday evenings, continuing to screen the best in classic and cult cinema. For the new season in 2017 it will be screening: David Fincher's ‘Alien 3’, John Carpenter's ‘The Thing’ and William Friedkin's ‘The Exorcist’. As ever, a brief introduction and a postfilm discussion group is on offer, alongside some performance and an impressive immersive cinematic experience in the auditorium.




Icelandic Director Grímur Hákonarson tells the fascinating story about a crisis that brings two estranged sheep farming brothers together. Rams is about silence and a secret shared with a combination of naughty subversion of the rules and a determined desire to uphold to the status quo, even when the course of life cannot be turned back, and life itself can barely be resurrected.




Director Matteo Garrone’s fascination with the fantastic and mythical turns to a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile in his first English language film. Garrone has created a beautiful and fantastic film, with the three stories that clearly exist in the same world, if not the same space. A beautiful collection of dark, twisted and often funny stories, individually told in a gripping manner. Full Film (opposite) for full details, times and prices


MUSIC THE BEANEY Explorers & Collectors Gallery 18 High Street Canterbury CT1 2RA 01227 862162 Sat 3 Dec 3.30pm-4.30pm: BRITTEN’S A CEREMONY OF CAROLS Mon 12 Dec 11am12pm: SINGING FOR BETTER HEALTH AND WELLBEING. Admission Free BROOK THEATRE Old Town Hall, The Brook Chatham ME4 4SE Box Office: 01634 338338 Thu 19 Jan 8pm: BULLY WEE BAND. £13.50. CARGO BAR Liberty Quays Block T, Pier Road Gillingham ME7 1RL Thu 15 Dec 8pm: EVENING CONCERT by University of Kent SMFA students. Free THE ROYAL DOCKYARD CHURCH The Historic Dockyard Chatham ME4 4TE Wed 14 Dec 7.30pm: SMFA CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Book via html. Fri 16 Dec 7.30pm: WECANSINGUK’s CHARITY FUNDRAISING CHRISTMAS CONCERT with special guest Powerhouse Gospel Choir. Tickets: £8 Advance/£10 on door. Visit website to reserve tickets. EARLS 30 Earl Street Maidstone ME14 1PS 01622 751286 Doors 9pm unless stated. Free entry. Fri 2 Dec: KELLYS HEROES Sat 3 Dec: THE MOFOS Sun 4 Dec: AS IS NOW Fri 9 Dec: ROCK PAPER SCISSORS Sat 10 Dec: PRIMITIVE INSTINCT Fri 16 Dec: ONE DAY ELLIOT Sat 17 Dec: BAD PANDAS Sun 18 Dec: BAD PENNIES Fri 23 Dec: MODRAPHENIA Sat 24 Dec: KARAOKE NIGHT

THE FLIPPIN‘ FROG 318 High Street, Rochester ME1 3ET Regular intimate unplugged gigs 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. From 8.30pm. Free entry. Find Unplugged Tuesdays at the Frog on Facebook. FRINSBURY BAPTIST CHURCH Cooling Road, Frinsbury ME2 4RG Mon 19 Dec 7.30pm: MEDWAY SINGERS: CAROL CONCERT. Admission free with retiring collection in aid of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children. GALVANISING SHOP The Historic Dockyard East Rd, Chatham ME4 4TY Wed 7 Dec 11.30am-1.30pm: SMFA UNDERGRADUATE LUNCHTIME CONCERT. Tue 13 Dec 12 noon1.30pm: SMFA ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE LUNCHTIME CONCERT. Free concerts: booking at kent. GOOD INTENT 8 John Street, Rochester Fri 2 Dec: JAZZ Tue 6 Dec: FOLK SINGAROUND Sat 10 Dec: RAPUNZEL THE PANTOMIME by The Pretending People Theatre. Family friendly.6.00pm Tues 13 Dec: FOLK CONCERT night with Capella. Tue 20 Dec: FOLK SINGAROUND Wed 21 Dec: CHRISTINGLE QUIZ Thu 8 & 22 Dec: OPEN MIC Night Sat 17 & Sun 18 Dec: WASSAIL WEEKEND Sat from 6.30pm: STEAM PUNK MORRIS, music and more. Festive Singarounds from 1.00pm on Sun. New Years Eve: DJ & Buffet included. Doors close 9.00pm. Tue 3, 10 & 17 Jan: FOLK SINGAROUND Wed 4 Jan: QUIZ Thu 12, 19 & 26 Jan: OPEN MIC hosted by Andy Whyte Sat 28 Jan: Live Music TBC.

MAN OF KENT ALEHOUSE 6 - 8 John Street, Rochester Tel: 07772 214315 Thu 1 Dec: KINGSIZE SLIM Mon 5 Dec: GAMES NIGHT Tue 6 Dec: UKULELE JAM NIGHT Wed 7 Dec: SARAH LUCY DOLE Thu 8 Dec: HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS Mon 12 Dec: CHRISTMAS QUIZ Wed 14 Dec: HUDSON AND CUTLER Thu 15 Dec: JUSTIN & THE ARGONAUTS Mon 19 Dec: BRASS QUARTET CAROL SERVICE Tue 20 Dec: CHRISTMAS UKULELE JAM NIGHT Wed 21 Dec: THE LONGTAILS Thu 22 Dec: FUNKE & THE TWO-TONE BABY Wed 28 Dec: SKINNER'S RATS Thu 29 Dec: PASS THE CAT Mon 2 Jan: GAMES NIGHT Tue 3 Jan: UKULELE JAM NIGHT Wed 4 Jan: MORRIGAN Thu 5 Jan: THE MERCURIALS Wed 11 Jan: WE GHOSTS Thu 12 Jan: ASH MANDRAKE Mon 16 Jan: QUIZ NIGHT Wed 18 Jan: CAMINE Thu 19 Jan: See Facebook Wed 25 Jan: OAKLAND BROS Thu 26 Jan: See Facebook Find Man of Kent Ale-House on Facebook ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL The Precinct, ME1 1LX Tue 6 Dec 7.30pm: MESSIAH PART 1 followed by carols. Cathedral Choir with Rupert Walker. £12-£15. Tel: 01634 401049 or via website: REVELATION ASHFORD St Mary the Virgin Ashford TN23 1QG Fri 2 Dec 8pm: CHRIS WOOD £16/£19. Fri 16 Dec 10.30am: THE WHEELS ON DEBUSSY. £5/£6. Fri 16 Dec 7.45pm: CATE LE BON + SUPPORT. £15/£19 Tue 31 Jan 7.45pm: MARTHA WAINWRIGHT + support. £22/£26

ST AUGUSTINES CHURCH Deanwood Drive Gillingham ME8 9PG Sat 10 Dec 7.45pm: MEDWAY SINGERS: CAROL CONCERT. Tickets £6. Proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Refreshments available. ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH Cobham DA12 3BD Thu 10 Dec 7.30pm: Two Women Events present RICHARD DURRANT CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CONCERT. £12. Tel: 01474 814819/07831 756306. THE SHIP Court Lodge Road Gillingham ME7 2QU 01634 850485 Music starts 9pm (unless stated otherwise), free entry Wed 7 Dec 8.30pm: OPEN MIC Sat 10 Dec: KING SIZE SLIM Sat 17 Dec: JOE GREEN’S BLUES EXPLOSION Wed 21 Dec 7.30pm: CAROL SINGING Fri 23 Dec: RASTKO XMAS SPECIAL ST WILLIAMS CHURCH ARTS CAFE Walderslade Village ME5 9LR Sun 8 Jan 6.30pm: BRYN HAWORTH. Free/Donation. THE WHITE HORSE 46 London Road, Maidstone ME16 8QL Music starts 9pm. Sat 3 Dec: KELLYS HEROES Sat 10 Dec: YOKA & THE SUGARBEATS Sat 17 Dec: TWANG RUMBLE BANG Sat 23 Dec: THE SOUND CASTERS CHRISTMAS PARTY Sat 31 Dec: NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – Ticket Only Sat 7 Jan: DEE AND HER HEARTBEATS Sat 28 Jan: PROJECT 5 Every Sunday: JAM NIGHT from 8.30pm.

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THEATRE/COMEDY BROOK THEATRE Old Town Hall, Chatham ME4 4SE 01634 338338 Fri 2 Dec – Sat 24 Dec (times vary): THE SMALLEST HOUSE MOUSE AND THE CHRISTMAS CAT. Delightful promenade panto for little ones. Adult: £7.95. Child: £7.50. CENTRAL THEATRE 170 High Street, Chatham ME4 4AS 01634 338338 Thu 8 Dec – Sat 31 Dec (times vary): JACK AND THE BEANSTALK starring Robin Cousins and the brilliant Joe Tracini. £12.50-£15.50. GULBENKIAN THEATRE University of Kent Canterbury CT2 7NB 01227 769075 Thu 1 Dec 7.30pm: PARADISE LOST (LIES UNOPENED BESIDES ME). Inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost. £8.50 - £12.50. Fri 2 Dec 7.30pm: BEYOND THE MARIGOLDS. The rich emotional hinterland held secret by older women. £8.50 - £12.50. Tue 6 Dec – Sun 18 Dec (times vary): HANSEL & GRETEL. Ages 4+. £1 - £8.50 Sat 14 Jan – Sun 15 Jan (times vary): BREAKING THE ICE. Ages 2 - 5. Be part of Team Polar Bear or Team Husky! £6.50 - £8.00. Fri 27 Jan – Sun 29 Jan (times vary): WOW! SAID THE OWL. Ages 2+. Based on the book by Tim Hopgood. £6.50 - £8.00. HAZLITT THEATRE Earl Street, Maidstone ME14 1PL 01622 758611 Fri 2 Dec – Mon 2 Jan (times vary): SLEEPING BEAUTY £18 - £21.50. Fri 2 Dec 7.30pm: CHRISTMAS CAROL performed by John

O’Connor £13.50-£15 Wed 21 – Sat 24 Dec (times vary): THE GRINCH £8.50-£9.50 Hazlitt-Theatre MARLOWE THEATRE The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS 01227 787787 Thu 1 Dec – Sun 8 Jan (times vary): DICK WHITTINGTON £11-£35 Wed 18 Jan – Sun 22 Jan (times vary): THE SNOWMAN. £15 - £34.50. Tue 24 Jan – Sat 28 Jan 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. £25.50 - £44. Tue 31 Jan – Sat 4 Feb, 7.30pm. Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. With Matthew Kelly. £20 - £34.50. THE MARLOWE STUDIO Sat 3 Dec – Sun 4 Dec 8pm THE EULOGY OF TOBY PEACH. Experience a young man’s journey with cancer. £12.50. Tue 13 Dec 2pm & 4pm; Wed 14 Dec 11am & 2pm: THE SNOW QUEEN. £9 Fri 16 Dec 8pm: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: AS TOLD BY JACOB MARLEY (DECEASED). James Hyland reprises his award winning interpretation. £12.50 Fri 20 Jan 8pm: THE VANISHING MAN. A show about magic - not a magic show. £12.50 Fri 23 Dec – Thu 29 Dec 11am & 3pm (not 24 or 25 Dec): THE NUTCRACKER. 45 mins no interval. £9 Tue 24 Jan – Sat 28 Jan 8pm: RUN THE BEAST DOWN. Storytelling, dark comedy and magical realism with a live electronic score. £12.50 (concs available, booking fees apply)

MEDWAY LITTLE THEATRE 256 High Street Rochester ME1 1HY 01634 400322 Thu 1 – Sat 10 Dec 7.30pm: OLIVER TWIST £6-£10 26 Jan – 4 Feb 7.30pm: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW. Joe Orton’s black comedy. £10. ORCHARD THEATRE Home Gardens, Dartford DA1 1ED 01322 220000 Sat 10 – Sat 31 Dec (times vary): SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS with Joe Pasquale. £18-£40. Mon 2 – Sat 7 Jan 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm: SISTER ACT £22.50-£49. Thu 12 – Sat 14 Jan 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm: SWAN LAKE £22.50 - £36.50. Tue 10 – Wed 11 Jan 7.30pm, Wed mat 2.30pm: SLEEPING BEAUTY Moscow City Ballet £22.50 £36.50. Tue 17 – Sat 21 Jan 7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm: GHOST THE MUSICAL £22.50 - £44.50. Sun 29 Jan – Wed 1 Feb (times vary):THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON from David Walliams. 1hr and no interval. £16.50 - £18.50. (conc. available and booking fees apply) THE WOODVILLE STUDIO Woodville Place, Gravesend DA12 1DD 08442 439480 Thu 1 Dec 7.30pm: CHRISTMAS GOTHIC with Rebecca Vaughan. £11, £13. Tue 6, 13, 20 Dec 10am: CHRISTMAS STORY TELLING in the Blake Gallery. Entrance Free. Sat 10 Dec – Mon 2 Jan (times vary): JACK AND THE BEANSTALK £16 - £24.50 Sat 17 – Sat 24 Dec (times vary): FREYA’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE. For 2-6 year olds. £9.50 - £12. Every child ticket includes a meet and greet with Santa, Elf and Freya after the show and a Christmas gift.

COMEDY ARTS CAFÉ ST WILLIAMS CHURCH Walderslade Village Centre, ME5 9LR Sun 4 Dec 6.30pm: STEVE PRICE Magic! Free but please make a donation. HAZLITT THEATRE Earl Street, Maidstone, ME14 1PL 01622 758611 Fri Jan 27 7.30pm: ANDREW LAWRENCE: THE HATE SPEECH TOUR. £13.50 (booking fees apply) GULBENKIAN THEATRE University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB 01227 769075 Sat 3 – Sun 4 Dec 7.30pm: OMID DJALILI. £24 Sun 29 Jan 7.30pm: GARY DELANEY: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT GARY. £14 MARLOWE THEATRE: The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS. 01227 787787 Thu 12 Jan 7.30pm: RUSSELL HOWARD £20 Fri 13 Jan 7.30pm: MILES JUPP: SONGS OF FREEDOM £18 MARLOWE STUDIO: Fri 2 Dec 8pm: JO CAULFIELD: THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG. £14 Thu 22 Dec 1pm & 3pm: COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS £9. Thu 26 Jan 8pm: LEE NELSON £15 marlowetheatre. com (booking fees apply) THE WOODVILLE STUDIO Woodville Place, Gravesend DA12 1DD 08442 439480 Sun 4 Dec 7.30pm KEVIN BLOODY WILSON. £30.50


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Fri 20 – Wed 25 Jan 2017 2nd year Photography students at UCA Rochester exhibit new works at locations across Rochester and Chatham, including Chatham House, Poco Loco, Intra, The Northern Seaman, and The Vintage Tea Room, with private views at each venue on Thursday 19 January between 5 - 9pm. Look out for the work of ‘Temporis’, who based their work on the theme of archive. Includes works by Laura Fisher (pictured) Izzy Trott, Laura McEwan, Luke Dillon, Micaela Barrionuevo and Sophie Hughes. (live from 9 Dec) THE BEANEY HOUSE OF ART AND KNOWLEDGE 18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA 01227 862162 Mon to Wed 9am to 5pm, Thu 9am to 7pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Sun 10am to 5pm. To Sun 4 Dec: GRAYSON PERRY: THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES Six large scale tapestries. A mustsee. Pay what you can. Sat 3 Jan to Sun 29 Jan: SENSING CULTURE! THE MARK OF A MAKER Works by people with sight loss, created in workshops led by artists Wendy Daws and Claire Buckley. Free admission. Sat 14 Jan to Sun 23 Apr: PICTURING FAITH: METHODIST MODERN ART COLLECTION. See p10. ‘Keep us FREE, Give £5’. To Sun 30 Apr: HOME FRONT BRITAIN, 1914-18: THE CARTOONIST’S VIEW

BELOW 65 GALLERY Gilbert & Clark Frame and Print 65 High Street Maidstone ME14 1SR 01622 685146 Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm. Free entry Thu 1 to Fri 29 Dec: ART MARKET: XMAS EDITION Contemporary artworks for sale. CHATHAM HOUSE 351 High Street, Rochester ME1 1DA Sat 10 Dec to Wed 14 Dec 11am-4pm (closed Tue): LOADING Interim Degree Show by 3rd Year BA (Hons) Students from the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent. PV: Fri 9 Dec 6 - 9pm (book via Eventbrite). Free. FISH SLAB GALLERY 11 Oxford Street Whitstable CT5 1DB 30 Nov to 6 Dec 10am-5pm: DESIRABLE Artworks by Rachael Dickens, Alison Lee, Kimmy McHarrie, Marilyn Phipps, Tracie Peisley & Jennifer Wright. GUILDHALL MUSEUM High Street, Rochester ME1 1PY 01634 332680 Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. Free entry To 16 April: WEIRD AND WONDERFUL featuring sensory arts project THE VALUE OF TOUCH. guildhallmuseumrochester. HUGUENOT MUSEUM 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX, 01634 789347 Opens Wed-Sat 10am-5pm + Bank Hol Mon 10am-4pm £4, concs £3, family £10, under 5s free. MAIDSTONE MUSEUM & BENTLIF ART GALLERY St Faith's St, Maidstone ME14 1LH. 01622 602838 Open Mon - Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun & Bank Holidays. Free entry. To Sat 7 Jan: COMING HOME: CONFLICT & CARE IN 1916.

Sat 21 Jan to Sat 18 Mar: GRAHAM CLARKE: Etchings, prints and sketchbooks spanning 50 years of the Kentish artist’s work.

ST ANDREWS ARTS CENTRE Royal Pier Road, Gravesend DA12 2BD Sat 3 & Sun 4 Dec 10am-5pm: IMAGES: PHOTO EXHIBITION

NUCLEUS ARTS 272 High Street, Chatham ME4 4BP 01634 812108 Gallery: Mon- Sat 10am-4pm (café to 5.30pm) Closed Sun. Free entry. Thu 1 Dec to Sat 31 Dec (Preview Wed 7 Dec 6-8pm): END OF YEAR SHOW: Wide variety of work to view or buy by resident Nucleus artists.

STEPHEN OLIVER STUDIO & GALLERY Orchards Shopping Centre High Street, Dartford DA1 1DNn 01322 278674 Open Thu - Sat 10am-4pm; Sat to 5pm. Affordable contemporary art.

NUCLEUS ARTS ROCHESTER 75 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11-4pm 01634 812108 Shop gallery, café and garden. POCO LOCO 58 - 60 High Street, Chatham ME4 4DS 5 to 11 Dec: JAPANESE PAINTINGS: Wynford Vaughan Thomas. ROCHESTER ART GALLERY Medway Visitor Information Centre 95 High Street Rochester ME1 1LX 01634 338319 Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10.30am – 5pm. Free entry To 18 Feb: GARY CLOUGH Drawings and prints. See The Artist’s Space p22. Thu 24 Nov 6.30-8.30pm: Opening reception, all welcome. Find ‘Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case’ on Facebook. ROYAL ENGINEERS MUSEUM Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham ME7 1UR Tel: 01634 822839 Open Tue-Fri 9am-5pm; Weekends & Bank Hol: 11.30am-5pm EXTENDED! In the Bridge Study Centre to 2 April 2017: EXHIBITION: SAPPERS AND THE SOMME. Free entry.

SUN PIER HOUSE GALLERY Medway Street, Chatham ME4 4HF Open 10am-4pm Tue-Sun. To Sat 3 Dec: POSTHUMAN: THE FIGURE IN RUIN Powerful double act by Daisy Parris and Matt Bray. Sat 10 Dec to Sun 8 Jan (closed 24 Dec to 2 Jan): AFFORDABLE ART FAIR TURNER CONTEMPORARY Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG. Free admission. Open Tue - Sun and public holidays 10am - 6pm To Sun 8 Jan: JMW TURNER: ADVENTURES IN COLOUR. To Sun 8 Jan: JOHN AKOMFRAH: VERTIGO SEA. To Sun 8 Jan: HANNAH LEES To Wed 31 May: THE THREE GRACES by Kashif Nadim Chaudry CREEK CREATIVE 1 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BE Open Tue -Sun, 10am-4pm To Fri 2 Dec WHITSTABLE PORTRAITS ART TAG SALE: Nicola Ulldemolins Tue 6 Dec to Thu 22 Dec: ANGELA RUMBLE: LATEST WORKS WHAT IF GALLERY 67-69 High Street Dartford DA1 1DJ 0794 855 7464 Open 11am-4pm every day. To Sat 24 Dec: CHRISTMAS FAIR



Graham Clarke: ‘Now & Then’

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An entertaining exhibition of etchings, block prints and sketchbooks spanning 50 years of this prolific Kentish artist’s work.

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An Evening with Graham Clarke Thursday 26 January 2017 18:00 - 21:00 Enjoy an evening of humour and anecdotes from the artist himself. Suitable for ages 12+

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SKETCHBOOK BY GARY CLOUGH FROM ‘TRACE ENGINES’, A NEW EXHIBITION AT ROCHESTER ART GALLERY Rochester based artist Gary Clough is Head of International Pathways at UCA and a tutor in Art & Design. ‘Trace Engines’ explores the tense relationship between the world of things and their images. In bringing together the flat outline forms suggestive of manmade objects such as airplanes, vases, buildings and machinery, new and abstract contexts are created for the objects that possibly inspired them. Developed through a collaboration with the AIP Centre in Guangzhou, China and UCA.

‘Trace Engines’ runs until 18 February 2017 at Rochester Art Gallery, Medway Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX. Opening reception: Thursday 24 November 6.30 – 8.30pm, all welcome. FAMILY DRAWING DAY: Sat 28 January 2017, 10.30am – 3.30pm: A free drawing day using the sketchbook as a tool and museum artefacts as inspiration. Includes a sketching visit from the Gallery to nearby Guildhall Museum. Suitable for all, including accompanied children aged 7 and over. Free: email to book a place. MEET THE ARTIST: Sat 4 February 2017, 10.30 – 12.30 & 1.30 – 3.30pm. At the gallery. Free drop in day.

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Create opportunities in 2017. Make your head the talk of the town; join a millinery course for beginners, or how about making a fascinating fascinator? Experience the joy of creating your own pottery, or develop your skill as a photographer. Courses for all levels of ability. New for 2017 night and portrait photography. Huge selection of courses in these and other subjects to choose from. @MedwayAdultEd

In June 2017 Medway will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, when the Dutch fleet sailed up the River Medway and caught the English completely unprepared.

“For the news is true, that the Dutch have broke the chain and burned our ships, and perticularly the Royal Charles; other perticulars I know not, but most sad news to be sure.�

Upnor Castle will be home to a major new exhibition telling the epic story of the battle, the stories that led to the conflict, the characters involved and the legacy of its outcome. A season of arts and sporting events, family activities and historical talks around the towns will culminate with Medway in Flames, a breathtaking multi-media spectacular retelling the story of the battle.

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