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.
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.