Thursday, 22 November 2012
CLOSING THE YEAR...and thinking of the next
Without doubt, this year's A Summer Squall hit a level we've not achieved before and set the event on to its next stage. La Boheme on an outdoor stage on the harbour, the premiere performance of Noggin the Nog, The Dualers drawing a huge crowd, Thanet artists and makers producing a Pavement Paradise - we had over 30,000 visitors, 130 professional artists taking part and 74 events over the 3 days. It was FUN, it was EXHAUSTING, it was INSPIRING!
We're programming now for 2013 and keen to hear from artists in all disciplines who have ideas which we can help to fulfill and show at the next or a future Squall.
Our next Festival Club is on Thurs 29 November with accoustic Jazz by DAYLIGHT SAVING http://ramsgatearts.org/festival-club
We continue to promote the work of artists in Thanet - on Sat 1 December local professional actors are giving a new performance to fundraise for the Mayor's Charities. Written by Frankie Jordan (Tom Thumb Theatre), produced by Albert House Productions, 'PANTO-DINE' is a riotous murder mystery, with a cast of deeply untrustworthy characters, inviting you to dine and pit your wits. A flyer is attached. The Mayor's fund contributed over £1000 to Ramsgate Arts in 2012, which is why we are keen to help this year.
We're delighted that Ramsgate now has the new Updown Gallery in Elms Avenue, the York Street Gallery continuing its fantastic shows, the new Blue Swift in Queen Street displaying contemporary art and artiness, Nice Things on Harbour Parade showing local art and artisans' work, Meltdowns with a superb programme of workshops, talks and exhibitions and The Great Wall of Ramsgate transforming an urban horror. And other new ideas emerging for the town all the time....
We urgently need new collaborators, even for 2 hours a week, so please get in touch if you are intrigued and want to join in making this huge event a continuing success for Ramsgate.
We'll be sending out news as it comes for 2013 and hope you'll get in touch if you'd like to contribute in any way at all.
With best wishes from