About Ramsgate Festival
Join us in 2019 to celebrate ten years of the Ramsgate Festival! This year Ramsgate Arts brings the second Ramsgate Festival of Sound. Celebrating the landscape, buildings, people and history of Ramsgate in exciting new ways with multiple sound installations and hundreds of amazing musicians, performers and artists. The week will begin with a series of talks during Ramsgate Week in the build-up to the main festival weekend, these include Ramsgate Reflections and an artist symposium with guest speakers to be announced.
Highlights this year include Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer Ben Parry, the Jazz Sessions with Sabina Desir, music from Amy Montgomery, Things With Words and Music, Screaming Alley Cabaret, a Sonic Trail featuring ten new sound installations, the Cervia Sound installation. Further announcements will be made in the next few weeks.
We are grateful to our funders, all our partners and our incredible volunteers for making the Festival possible. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute to Ramsgate Festival in 2019 or beyond. As a charity we are always fundraising in order to continue doing what we do, so if you would like to make a donation – we would love you forever!
Read about the festival’s history and to get a flavour of what we do, have a look through some images, year by year…
Year One, 51 events in 18 venues, the Sonic Junk Machine, Sol Cinema, a huge sense of excitement – ‘we did it!’
Year Two, over 70 events, Wendy Cope, Thanet Open Studios launched, Vintage Mobile Cinema, The Grumpy Git on Winterstoke Pavilion – a great follow up to the first festival.
Year Three, another 70 events, the museum ran a Steam Fair, the Life Boat installation, OperaUpClose with La Boheme live on stage by the beach, the world premiere of Noggin the Nog, lots of workshops, !
Year Four, 80 events, we grew to 23,000 visitors and there are new ideas each time; this year brought Toc de Fusta 1000 miles from Spain with a street installation Robinson Crusoe, the Barber of Seville played the open air stage and for the first time we built and burned a beautiful boat on the beach!
Year Five, a big focus on the harbour area, a more condensed look, our first artist installation with Crowning Glory, a Viking boat built for the beach, Thanet Open Studios became artist-led.
Year Six, the first time we worked with a paid producer and partnered with harbour bars and cafes to bring in fireworks and a funfair. We loved Joli Vyann, Rob and Sally’s micro museum about Waterloo and Ramsgate’s connection with 1815 was honoured with it as our central theme.
Year Seven, featured a narrative theme – on the wind and the waves the sea brings us life – and a stunning large scale temporary artwork in the harbour by Theresa Smith, Perfugium Miseris, marking the history of the harbour and the great storm of 1703. We had Opera for All on the beach with Eugene Onegin, a giant storytelling whale, Adrian Sherwood DJing at the Sea Life parade and artists from Notting Hill helping bring our carnival arts programme to life and much much more including heritage walks and talks and showcasing new local talent on the Ramsgate Rising stage. For the first time the festival ran over 9 days, alongside Ramsgate Week Regatta. The stunning Festival posters, featuring the harbour and the view out to sea, were designed by Gina Bailey-Stocken.