Canterbury Uncovered

The Beaney launches a new community discussion space: TreeTopTalks

If the recent election achieved anything, it got us talking to one another. The city came to life with panels, discussions, meetings and campaigns; more than ever, Canterbury feels buzzing with ideas and opinions. Keeping the momentum going this July, a wealth of inspiring and invigorating talks and discussions, workshops and panels will be launching in Canterbury.


On July 13th, TreeTopTalks will be launching in the Community Room at Canterbury Library, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. The premise is a simple one: each TreeTopTalk will tackle a theme and bring together three different speakers, addressing the topic in a different way.

The first discussion examines three different experiences of food: they Beaney are welcoming Tiny Tims Tearoom, The Canterbury Foodbank and Elle Payne to each talk for twenty minutes, with a Q&A afterwards. It may be that you have an interest in just one of the three speakers, but the desire is to create an environment where people can expand their horizons and really get a sense of the people, businesses and services that make up the city of Canterbury. There’s a clear ethos behind the name: TreeTopTalks is about branching out and getting to know each other.

This month’s talks:

Tiny Tims Tearoom will be discussing the history of their building, with some ghostly tales as well, of course, as the food and drink it offers (more than what you may think: did you know that they have a pudding club?)
Elle Payne is an actress, artist, writer and performer who is showing just how strong she is with every day she lives through recovery from anorexia. Elle has exhibited an art exhibition (What’s Eating You?) and performed a one-woman show (“The Gruffalobit“) which she is in the process of touring to schools across the UK.

Canterbury Food Bank – when financial crisis hits, Canterbury Foodbank delivers emergency food parcels to people throughout the Canterbury District. Their volunteers package and distribute food to the people that need it most, as well as providing emotional support through conversation and signposting to further support networks if needed.

Helen Seymour, co-organiser of the project, stated: ‘It promises to be an evening of different opinions, experiences and perspectives. To prove that we are stronger together than we are apart. One of the key ways to ensure that continues is to make sure we listen to each other and to learn about things we may not have necessarily engaged with before’.

Tickets: £3, which includes a cup of tea/coffee. You can buy them in the library or email to register your interest.

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If you’re hungry for more talks and discussions, UPrising is a one-day festival event that will consider the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education. It’s a coming together of young people, creative professionals and artists to challenge ideas and ignite change in the arts, through panel discussions, Q&As and workshops.

It’s a day that’s bound to leave you feeling inspired, with speakers from the Arts Council England, the Boss(y) girls project, and the Royal Court Theatre.  There’s also space for drop-in sessions in numerous creative industries, and time to watch some stunning performances from Acrojou and local Kent creatives. Drop in on the 15th of July — it’s free for the under 25s!


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