Latent: A Hidden History
28 February - 6th May
Sidney Cooper Gallery
22-23 St Peter's St, Canterbury CT1 2BQ
Latent: A hidden history has been produced by artist Sam Vale to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The project repurposes pictures from the South East Archive of Seaside Photography taken during the period of time when homosexuality was illegal and reframes them to invent new versions of forgotten stories. Obscured and beyond focus, these re-worked photographs act as a tribute, remembering relationships that could not be recorded or lived in the open; narratives that can only be imagined, lost to history.
Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask
28th February - 6th May
Sidney Cooper Gallery
French photographer Claude Cahun(1894–1954) achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae. Born Lucy Schwob, she adopted the pseudonym in 1917 to free herself from the narrow confines of gender. At the beginning of her career she was aligned to the Surrealist movement and was friends with André Breton; however she distanced herself both politically and physically after fleeing France on the eve of Nazi occupation. Cahun settled in Jersey where she embarked upon her defining photographic series, in which the subversion of traditional portraiture and the constructed nature of identity and gender are pressing concerns.
SOUNDRising: The Sons of The Lotus Machine + The New Nervous Kind
Energetically fuelled by their close chemistry, The Sons of The Lotus Machine are a three piece alternative rock band based in Deal, Kent. Striving to explore new styles, each member brings different influences into their music, ranging from Jeff Buckley to Foo Fighters.
The New Nervous Kind play driven indie rock anthems with big choruses and mellow verses.
New Old World / First Family / The Gallerys / Thrift
The Penny Theatre
New Old World returns to The Penny Theatre for a night of live original indie music. The band have headlined and supported at numerous venues including a performance on Glastonbury Stage at a concert in Rochester Castle Gardens to a couple of thousand people in 2014 and 2015. Alongside three other hearty indie bands, these guys are going to show you a good time.
The Chocolate Cafe
February’s slam champion, Dylan Stallard will be headlining and performing at the slam and the cafe alongside host Alex Vellis. Each slammer gets three minutes to perform their best piece. This time around, the theme is ‘horror’…
‘I like the idea of having two Halloweens a year‘ – Alex Vellis.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars remains the defining document of the end of David Bowie’s first great stage persona. The set, recorded at Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973, included songs from each of the Starman’s unbroken run of classic albums, from 1969’s David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) to the then current Aladdin Sane. It climaxed with Bowie’s surprise onstage announcement that it would be the final Spiders from Mars show and promptly entered rock legend.
The Curious Incident of the Dead Dog in the Night Time
6th - 11th March
Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards including Best Play, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott. Christopher, 15 years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of the road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.