Wednesday 4 July



LA MER  [Four Hands, Two Dancers, Two Films]


Performances from 2.00pm Turner Contemporary, The Rendezvous, Margate


2018 is the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death.  To celebrate this, Debussy’s masterwork La Mer (part of it composed when Debussy stayed in Eastbourne) is realised in a newly devised multi-media performance by dancers from Trinity Laban, choreographed by Tony Thatcher, with film by Stephen Johnstone  and Graham Ellard.


Helen Caddick’s composition Bright Planet provides the inspiration for a new dance work created by Deal Festival’s Let’s Dance project with pupils from Goodwin Academy.  Performance times to be advertised on Deal Music and Arts website with full details of activities throughout the day.


Free Admission

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In converstion with Myles Corley, Curator of Linden Hall Studio


11.00am Linden Hall Studio


Graham Clarke, artist, author, illustrator and humorist, is one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling printmakers. He has created some five hundred images of English rural life and history, of the Bible and of the Englishman’s view of Europe. Born in 1941, Clarke’s upbringing in the austerity of war-time and post-war Britain, made him reliant on his own imaginative resources. Responding to the comedy of everyday life, he brings his own unique brand of humour to his interpretation of past and present history through the eyes of the common man.


Admission Free - retiring collection in aid of DMA Education work






1.00pm St George’s Church, Deal


We are delighted to be collaborating with Canterbury Festival to bring you two young musicians who were finalists in their Bursary Competition 2017.


Harriet Tubb, who won the competition, was introduced to the marimba at age nine, and credits this love to her first music teacher.  Harriet studies at Junior Trinity Conservatoire and is part of the Junior Trinity Symphony and Wind Orchestra.  Her ambition is to study music at an Oxbridge University.


Thomas Nettle (left) comes from a musical family as both his parents are professional orchestral musicians.  He has played the cello since the age of 5, and at the age of 7 became a chorister in the choir of Westminster Abbey where he sang for celebrated events.  A highlight of 2016 was playing at the BBC Proms.  He is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and performs with them throughout the UK.


Ticket Prices: £10.00 Students £5.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.


Support from Cavatina Trust





Chief Executive of Arts Council England


6.30pm Deal Town Hall


Prior to his role as Chief Executive of the Arts Council, Darren Henley spent twenty-five years working in radio, leading Classic FM for fifteen years.  He has chaired or sat on a range of government advisory boards in the area of cultural education.  His first independent government review into music education (2011) and cultural education (2012) resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme and the BFI Film Academy and the National Youth Dance Company.


Retiring Collection in aid of DMA Education Projects






7.45pm The Astor Community Theatre, Deal


The classic 1925 thriller starring Lon Chaney, ‘the Man of a Thousand Faces’, as the disfigured Phantom, wreaking havoc beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House.


Minima returns by popular demand following last year’s sensational performance of Vampyr.  They have specialised in live accompaniment to screenings of silent films since 2006. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom of the Opera captures the horror of the story, but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world.


Minima’s unmistakably spine-tingling music clung to every twist of the movie …spellbinding accompaniment

The Guardian


Ticket Price:  £18.00 Students £9.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.


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