Dead Hoarse! Festival

Dates:23 February 2018 to 28 February 2018
Times:10am to 5pm, 28th 10am to 1pm

Launch Event: Friday 23 February 2018, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Dead Hoarse! Festival at Pie Factory Margate,  23-28 Feb : Workshop & Event times & admission fees.   

Frid 23rd Feb – Tues 27th Feb : 10.00 – 17.00 ; Wed 28th Feb : 10.00 – 13.00 : Exhibition Open : Admission Free  

 Sat 24th Feb : 15.00 – 16.30 : Blackout Poetry Workshop with Connor Sansby :  Cans & Packets donation* 

 Sat 24th Feb : 17.30 – 19.00 : Poetry Cup Speed Writing Tournament with Gary Studley : Cans & Packets donation* 

 Sun 25th Feb : 15.00 – 17.00 : Dead Hoarse! Poetry Performance & Open Mic : PWYW cash donation** 

 Mon 26th Feb : 14.30 – 16.00 : Julie’s Journaling at Dead Hoarse! Festival : Admission Free 

 Mon 26th Feb : 16.30 – 18.00 : Pause for Prose Writing Workshop with Gary Studley : Cans & Packets donation* 

 Mon 26th Feb : 18.30 – 20.00 : Prose Party Open Mic at Pie Factory  : Cans & Packets donation* 

 Tues 27th Feb : 15.00 – 17.00 : Flotsam Art Workshop with Flotsamweave & Gary Studley : PWYW cash donation** 

 Tues 27th Feb : 17.30 – 18.30 : Film share : Robert Newman’s History of Oil Live : PWYW cash donation*  


NB: * Your cans & packets donation will be given to the Family Food Bank in Dane Valley Road, Margate.   

NB: ** Your PWYW (Pay What You Want) cash donation will be given to Thanet Coast Project (NEKMPA). 

Margate’s sands and sea air have long been renowned for their refreshing qualities, but this may be the first time they have given something life!

Dead Hoarse! Festival is the brainchild of SoundLines’ poet, Gary Studley and he could not be more pleased that Pie Factory Margate will the venue for this combined exhibition and week of creative arts events. As someone who has been involved in the arts for many years, Gary has had his fair share of sceptics telling him ” You don’t need art to live!” and   ” Who really likes poetry, anyway?” so when an opportunity arose to exhibit at the gallery, he jumped at the chance to prove the sceptics wrong.

Hastings born, Gary has been Kent based since the 1980s and knows full well the wealth of creative folk living in the county. Running monthly spoken word events in Canterbury, Deal and Herne Bay, plus teaching creative writing and art at the latter’s Beach Creative CIC, he has met so many artists giving their all to the community for free that he decided to create a week-long event specifically to showcase local talent. Being a writer, performer and artist himself, he realised this would require a venue open not only to artists exhibiting in more than one discipline, but to practitioners running workshops and performances, too. Pie Factory Margate was the perfect choice.

Dead Hoarse! Festival consists of exciting artists from Margate, Ramsgate, Folkestone, Deal, Canterbury, Herne Bay and beyond, with the gallery set to bristle with collage, painting, sculpture, photography, assemblage, print, and film. As well as conversations with art-lovers and proposed visits from local schools, Gary and collaborators will also lead daytime events, including a film-making talk; workshops on poetry and prose writing; and creating flotsam art. In the evening there will be spoken word performances and open mic opportunities for both poetry and prose, with proceeds from donations going to two local charities.

With its open-to-all launch from 6.30 – 8.30pm on Friday 23rd of February, the exhibition will open daily from 10am till 5pm on Friday 23rd – Tuesday 27th February and 10am till 1pm on Wednesday 28th. Additional timings for evening events and information on artists and workshops will be publicised on Dead Hoarse! Festival’s Facebook page.

With such high quality work  available in the county, great energy coursing through Margate in particular and the drive and vision of the artists involved, Dead Hoarse! Festival is on the rise, so what better way to do something positive and support the arts than enjoying the experience as it does so? See you there.