Festivals: Your Spring Guide

For the next two weeks, you don’t need a tent or a pair of wellies to get the full festival experience. Right here in Canterbury, we’ve got some of the best national and international acts on our doorstep, thanks to these incredible festivals in the city over the next two weeks. So grab the glitter and forget about going away, because after a long day of soaking up that festival feeling, there’s nothing better than a warm shower and your own bed.

Autism Arts Festival

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April 2017, University of Kent campus, Canterbury

A brand new festival that showcases installations, performances, workshops, films and exhibitions on topics and themes related to Autism. This festival tries to develop the idea of a relaxed performance/screening further, to create a whole festival that’s designed to be as autism-friendly as possible. Celebrating autistic creativity, it features a range of work by artists on the spectrum. Here is a film from the NAS Autism Uncut Competition Shortlist:

Detailed information on positive and negative triggers and interaction and participation levels for each event are available on the Autism Arts festival website.

City Sound Project

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April 2017

City Sound project are gearing up to offer a lineup of national and internationally renowned artists including White Lies, Lady Leshurr, The Rifles, Monki and so many more. This metropolitan music festival will feature performances in some of Canterbury’s most treasured historic venues, including the old gaol of the Westgate towers.

They’ve already sold out of online tickets, but there’s still a limited number of paper tickets available from a number of venues.

Wise Words Festival

Friday 28th April – 7th May 2017

Cosseted away in Canterbury’s very own secret garden, Wise Words is the perfect retreat for a curious mind. Here you’ll find music on river boats, spoken word poetry in yurts, and secret sessions in the oldest Franciscan chapel in England.

Kent Vegan Festival

6th May 2017

Kent vegan festival is aimed at people who are, or are thinking about becoming vegan, those already moving towards the lifestyle; or who are just interested in finding out more about what veganism really means. There’ll be  music and poetry, speakers – and of course, plenty of vegan food for you to tuck into!

Pint of Science Festival

15th May 2o17

This pint-sized festival offers a lively discussion on everything from artificial intelligence and how robots are impacting our lives to how we can motivate ourselves to achieve our diet and exercise goals. This first Kent Pint of Science Festival will wrap up by investigating how social communication varies at different ages, and how associated brain activity changes between the generations.


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