Saturday 30 July




1.00am St Saviour’s Church, The Strand, Walmer


Natasha Greenham and Lord Gawain Douglas, together with Singing for Pleasure, take us on an interactive journey that delves into the history of hop picking and harvesting in Kent, the Garden of England, bringing alive the personal experiences of the hop pickers through exploring local songs and poems that shine a light on the experiences of these people and how certain events and experiences at the time have coloured their lives.


On one surface, taking the family down to Kent to hop pick was seen a holiday of sorts, but looking deeper it was also a life tainted by tragedy and exploitation.


Admission Free - retiring collection in aid of DMA Education work




1.30pm – 3.30pm The rear of St George’s Church, Deal


Matilda Lloyd and White Cliffs Symphonic Winds and Bold As participants, Conducted by Graham Harvey.

An Afternoon of Music making for the family – join in the fun



6.30pm The Linden Hall Studio, St George’s Road


Paul Edlin talks about opera and how it has developed into arguably the most respected of the performing arts.


Admission Free




7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal


The Olivier Award winning version of Puccini’s much-loved opera comes to Deal.  One of the most accessible and moving operas, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams.


Madly Brilliant The Times   A Masterstroke The Guardian


Ticket Prices: Premium £24.00 Full £20.00

(Festival Friends: Premium £22.00 Full £18.00) Students half price

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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