A two-day free family friendly festival is being held later this month by Canterbury Christ Church University to celebrate the University’s contribution to Kent’s rich and diverse cultural history and creativity.

The University’s Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education will host the Festival of Heritage, Creativity and Culture as part of the institution’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The festival will host a wide range of activities, aimed at diverse audiences with staff and students offering engaging, lively and inspiring sessions that showcase their work at the University.

On Friday, 21 October there will be animation workshops and a range of public talks on topics including a look at the close friendship between Sir Winston Churchill and the Oxford scientist F A Lindemann, what we can learn from history about being homeless, and ‘Us in the World’ an international celebration of language, poetry, dance and theatre.

Professor Kevin Ruane
Professor Kevin Ruane explores the relationship between Winston Churchill and the Oxford scientist F. A. Lindemann, one of the closest of Churchill’s personal friends and scientific advisor during the Second World War and early Cold War, exercising an fluence that was both positive and highly controversial, even dangerous.

On Saturday, 22 October there will be lots of family-friendly events and exhibitions suitable for all ages.

Visitors to the festival can explore how light works, how DJ technology and live sampling can be used to create on-the-spot performances, find out what drones are capable of, share memories of Canterbury and join in the immersive gaming experience of to Save Kent from Dracula.

There will also be a Makaton taster session, creative dance and stop animation workshops, a talk on the story of Smallfilms, including the already familiar characters such as Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine as well as casting light on the production company’s often overlooked and forgotten animated shows that also played an important part in the studio’s history.

Front cover of Professor Chris Pallant's book, Bagpuss and Beyond
In his talk, Professor Chris Pallant, explores the iconic animations produced by the Canterbury-based Smallfilms studio between 1958 and 1984, which contribute significantly to British cultural history.

Finally, The Coffin Tales Roadshow will show how archaeological insights and food traditions can open-up discussions about life, death and age-old traditions.

For more information about the festival’s events on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October, visit the Diamond Jubilee webpages.