June, we’ve been waiting for you! Sunshine, sipping pints in pub gardens, beach weekends and Pride celebrations. Let the summer begin…
Pop-up Ping-Pong Party
Orange Street (TBC)
Mr Pong brings Canterbury non stop UV Ping pong fun, frolics & frozen cocktails. OH YEAH!
Paddle and a Pint
1st June - 20th July
Grove Country Park
New for this season, Canoe Wild are inviting you all to come along for a social paddle on the river in Fordwich, with an optional visit to the pub afterwards! Paddle & Pint paddles will take place every other week on Thursday evenings.
The Great Get Together
Following on from the success of last year’s “Big Lunch”, and in conjunction with the “More In Common” project celebrating the life of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered last year, Westgate Hall is hosting this year’s event under the “Great Get Together” banner. The aim of the event is to bring together the fantastic mix of people from around the world who make up our great City.
Coordinated along with a mass of local organisations including the Canterbury Society, the Ethnic Minorities Council, the local Interfaith group, Canterbury residents’ associations, schools and a host of others, Westgate Hall will be the place to get together to share food, music and song, and generally hang out with people from all around Canterbury.
There will be choirs, musical performances, fun things for kids, and tables where you can bring your own food to eat or share with everyone else – and maybe you can share theirs too. Weather permitting, they’ll have a street party outside the Hall!
Record and Collector Fair
You will find vinyl records (7″ and LP, picture discs and coloured vinyl) of all genres, memorabilia and CDs here. Pop on down for a rootle through the collections.
Canterbury High Street
Pride Canterbury is a spectacular celebration of LGBT+ identity set in the heart of Canterbury. It will feature a parade through Canterbury High Street, followed by live entertainment with food and drink in the Dane John Gardens. If you want to extend the fun, head to the Pride Pre-Party at Steinbeck and Shaw on 6th June.
Henrys Demons: An exhibition by Henry Cockburn
20th May - 3rd June
The Beaney Front Room
Image: ‘Hunted‘ by Henry Cockburn.
This series of paintings is from Kent artist Henry Cockburn, reflecting his experience of mental illness. Henry was incarcerated in a mental hospital for eight years, but he escaped up to 30 times. He is now moving towards recovery and focussing on his hugely celebrated artwork has been instrumental in moving forward.
On June 1st Canterbury will be celebrating Beautiful Town Music’s 6th Birthday!
Beautiful Town Music and The Ballroom present Canterbury’s premier songwriters’ showcase every first Thursday of the month. Entry is completely free to listen to original and gifted songwriters grace the decadent ballroom stage as you unwind on a Thursday evening. This night has been started to showcase and celebrate the songwriting talent that this county has to offer and there is only one rule: No cover versions, so you are guaranteed a night of artistic originality.
Featuring: Millie Watson, Daisy Philips, The Selkies, Tash Ryan, Jack Marsh, Banu, Claire & Paul.
Top Cat Collective and Thirteen Club
The Penny Theatre
A fusion of funkadelic hip-hop, punk and jazz to ease you into that summer feeling.
The Crash of Moons Club: Bog Bodies
Bramley's Cocktail Bar
After last month’s foray into the world of experimental contemporary jazz, this next instalment brings similar driven passions of improvisation and skill with the incredible talents of Robert Stillman and his trio Bog Bodies, alongside the infamous Evan Parker and Matt Wright in their outfit Trance Map.
LOUD WOMEN Fest
The Lady Luck Bar
LOUD WOMEN is a DIY collective that champions women in music by hosting live events that are fun, friendly, and freakin’ awesome. A clash of punk-rock, grunge and altpop, the Canterbury edition of LOUD WOMEN fest will feature a non-stop storm of female fronted artists including Healthy Junkies, Kiss My Acid, GUTTFULL, Tuffragettes, Yur Mum and Kate Wintie Music.
Poetry about Presence: Workshop and Open Mic
The Beaney equally preserves and protects artefacts ranging from household utility to holy relics. Participants will explore galleries, hunting for objects that attract their attention. Aided by SoundLines poets, they will then write about the life each object may hold and whether its past resonates with our present. Afterwards, participants can share their work in our Open Mic and enjoy a themed SoundLines’ performance.
Twelfth Night: Outdoor Shakespeare
Sunday 4th June
The Three Inch Fools will bring their musical version of “Twelfth Night” to the grounds of Charlton Park on Sunday 4th June at 5pm. The gardens will be open for picnics from 3:30pm – so do bring friends, rugs and plenty of fizz.
A particularly fun tale of two twins separated in a shipwreck, complete with the customary cross-dressing and resulting knot of forlorn lovers.
Laid Bare Cabaret
The Marlowe Theatre
The sell-out cabaret returns.
Catch Canterbury’s hottest cabaret show encompassing the very best variety acts, from aerial acrobatics and fire to burlesque and music. This is an entertainment experience not to be missed.
Canterbury Childrens Festival
30th May - 3rd June
The Marlowe Theatre
Canterbury Children’s Festival returns to The Marlowe this half-term holiday, with performances, workshops and activities. Free activities around The Marlowe include a safari and a picnic with Big Blue (the festival’s mascot), dance skills workshop, circus skills workshop, Beached (a tiny tale about Arnold, whose morning walk becomes an adventure), family theatre tours, story time, and a craft corner.
Whitney: Can I Be Me? Satellite Q&A and Performance
Dogwoof proudly presents the UK premiere of Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’, followed by a Q&A with acclaimed director Nick Broomfield and a tribute performance by Michelle John from The Voice, brought to the big screen live via satellite.
Broadcast live from Sheffield Doc/Fest, this exclusive event creates the ultimate Whitney moment with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess,” the most awarded female artist ever.
Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognised as having one of the greatest voice of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old.
Cezanne Et Moi
This 19th century period drama, starring Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne, charts the constantly evolving friendship between groundbreaking post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and naturalist writer Emile Zola. Cezanne was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, while Zola, who came from a poor background, achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist. Exploring the pair’s fears and ambitions, the film charts their relationship through the early days in Aix-en-Provence, their arrival in Paris’ absinthe-soaked cultural scene and their diverging professional and sentimental experiences.