Wednesday, 21 July 2010


Local people have the chance to play their part with front row seats when Ramsgate’s newest event, the Monster Bass Festival, makes its spectacular arrival in the town next month (August).

The festival will re-tell the legend of the lost lands of Lomea, an island off Ramsgate now known as the Goodwin Sands, in a two-day free event organised by Thanet District Council, which takes place over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August.

The star of the show, the mysterious Monster Bass, who guards the Goodwins, will be carried through Ramsgate and returned to the sea on the Saturday evening in a parade from the Paragon along Ramsgate seafront to the beach. A professional storyteller will then tell the tale of the Monster Bass in a special show on Ramsgate Main Sands, set to a specially commissioned piece of music. The evening will end with a sensational fireworks and sound show on the beach, when the Bass is returned to the sea.

Local people or groups can take part in the parade, offering a front seat for the show, by signing up for one of the creative workshops taking place in the days leading up to the Festival weekend.

The workshops take place on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 August at Ramsgate Library, with each workshop running from 10am to 3pm, with a one hour lunch break. Those getting involved will need to turn up on the night of the parade on Saturday 14 August and be available between 8pm and 10.30pm. To take part, you must be over the age of eight and anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied an adult. Local groups with at least 20 members can also apply for an artist to attend their group meeting to run a workshop.

The workshops will see people learning the tale of the Monster Bass and Lomea, with the opportunity to work with professional artists for a day to create your own unique parade creation, which is yours to keep afterwards. No previous experience is needed to take part.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “This is a unique chance for local people to play a starring role in the area’s newest event and get front row seats to the superb entertainment taking place as part of the weekend. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who can commit the time to one of the workshops beforehand and then on the evening of the parade itself. It’s your chance to showcase your talents to everyone enjoying the Monster Bass Festival.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the creative workshops can contact the council’s events team by either calling 01843 577167 or e-mailing for an application form.

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