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This sub-site is the archive of the 2017 Ramsgate Festival. Here you can view the full range of events that formed the festival that year, or use the tags — see foot of page — to browse the different categories of event. Also on this archive: the news items we posted; what we said about supporting […]

The last day of the Festival

We had an incredible last day at #ramsgatefestival despite the best attempts of the #rubbishmonster and horrendous last minute cancellation of the Slide. All came good. Well done and THANK YOU everyone!!! We were overwhelmed with how supportive and kind the vast majority of people have been. This town is amazing. We have a lot to follow up on […]

Ramsgate Festival logo - 22 to 30 July 2017

Ramsgate Slide Cancelled

Press statements Update announcement posted: Tuesday 8th August Statement from Ramsgate Arts and Art Aha, the organisers of Ramsgate Festival.  Since the early hours of Sunday morning, 30 July, we have been working to resolve the difficulties with our supplier for the Ramsgate Slide event which was due to take place that day. As the […]

Bristol's Park Street water-slide, by Paul Townsend, reproduced under licence

Ramsgate Slide ballot now open

We are delighted to announce that the ballot for an opportunity to slide down a unique giant water slide on Ramsgate’s Royal Parade is now open, and will remain so until midnight next Monday, 24 July. As of midnight 24 July, the ballot is closed. The Ramsgate Slide. When a similar slide was installed in […]

Dave Randall Live at Glastonbury (by Damon Hope)

Following the muse – a feast for the ears

Words and music, words on music — they combine in a short series of talks, masterclasses and performances at Vinyl Head cafeé, one of the hubs of Ramsgate’s music and creative scene, and the venue for the Ramsgate Festival’s first series of literature and poetry performances in 2015. The series opens with Dave Randall — […]

Festival Programme published today!

Our printed programmes have arrived back from the printers today and will start to be distributed tomorrow. Click here to read or download in high definition online. We are delighted with the brilliant design by Julian Bigg of Ramsgate Music Hall which is super cool and fun at the same time – and thrilled to […]

Garsington Opera for All Singing Workshops

Advance Wedding Party Come and join in a series of FREE singing workshops, inspired by Handel’s Semele, Garsington Opera’s new production which is screening on the launch day of the Ramsgate Festival on Ramsgate Main Sands. You will work with Garsington Opera for All singers and musicians over a number of afternoons in June and July culminating in Pop-Up Opera […]

Nozomi Watanabe

Calling All Artists and Makers

There are a number of great call outs for artists and makers to get involved in Festival events.  These include Littoral Light, Habitat and an Invitation to a hi! level meeting with the Tyran of Cardboardia.  Deadlines are soon … Check out full details here: http://mailchi.mp/dfff0f7f5e41/get-involved-in-the-ramsgate-festival-2017 Image of Nozomi Watanabe installation at Littoral Light, 2016

photo of pirates at the Ramsgate Festival

Funding announcement

We are delighted to announce that Ramsgate Festival has won £48k funding from Arts Council England for 2017 – well done everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen! With this and the support of the many other organisations and individuals who care so much and are generously giving their time and money […]

Opera on the Beach is Back for 2017!

The Ramsgate Festival team are delighted to be working with Garsington Opera for All for a second year running with an outdoor screening of ‘Handel’s sparkling masterpiece Semele‘ on Saturday 22 July, the opening weekend of the festival. Ramsgate is one of four UK locations taking part in the project, alongside Skegness, Bridgewater and Grimsby. The Opera for […]