10 Ways to Stay Creative This Summer!

10 creative opportunities and events to make the most of this Summer!

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Things you might not know about Summer:

  • You can use a crickets’ chirps as a thermometer in summer. Simply count how many chirps occur over 25 seconds then divide by 3 and add 4 to tell you the temperature in Celsius
  • The Eiffel tower actually grows in the heat of the summer. Due to the iron expanding, the tower grows about 6 inches every summer
  • Marc Antony named the month of July in honour of Julius Caesar. Caesar’s nephew, Augustus, named the month of August in honour of himself

Another thing you might not know about this summer is that there are many opportunities and arts events happening in Kent for you to get involved in!
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Here are 10 Ways to Stay Creative during the Summer of 2018!


1) ART31 weekly meetings are still running through the Summer! Art31 members get the chance to see shows at Gulbenkian for free; meet professional artists, technicians, and practitioners; create and develop ideas for our own new and exciting art activity in Kent; as well as take part in workshops and sessions based on art forms such as sound & lighting, poetry & spoken word and film. They work on a drop-in basis so just come to the Gulbenkian and say hello if you are interested!

2) Canterbury Shakespeare Festival are heading into their fourth year of productions and this year promises to be one of the best yet with four of the Bard’s classic plays being performed in amazing outdoor venues around Canterbury. Romeo & Juliet! Much Ado About Nothing! Antony & Cleopatra! The Tempest! And this years exciting experimental show, Bard to the Future! This is a great chance to see some new takes on the classic plays in the beautiful Kent surroundings.

3) Canterbury Rock School is running for the sixth time this year at The Gulbenkian. It is an excellent opportunity for young musicians to take part in a one-week concentrated course filled with masterclasses, jams, workshops and seminars under the tutelage of top musicians and educators. A fantastic opportunity for all the future rock stars out there!

4) Dreamland Variety Show! Unlike any other variety show, Dreamland Variety Margate will combine popular culture, inspiration from nostalgic Saturday night TV gameshows and cabaret, for the ultimate mix of guilty pleasures and performance. Each event will be themed and feature a spectacular line-up of entertainment; with performance artists, comedy, musicians, poets, dancers, circus, interactive activities and more!

5) bOing! Festival! bOing! is a brilliant weekend of performance and creativity for all ages run by Gulbenkian, Canterbury every August bank holiday weekend. Performers and artists come from across the world, creating unforgettable festival experiences for over 10,000 people each year. bOing! is free to enter (plus free parking!) and everyone is welcome.

Open Air Cinema: Dirty Dancing

6) Join Luna Cinema for their Summer slate of outdoor open air film screenings this Summer. Starting with ‘The Italian Job‘ on the 2nd August, followed by ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ on the 3rd and then to finish off, ‘Dirty Dancing‘ on the 4th. A great opportunity to see some cinema classics with an exciting outdoor twist, set against the amazing backdrop of Leeds Castle.

7) Introduction to Puppetry Workshop and performance! The Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, Assembly Hall Theatre and Herringbone Arts combine to offer an introductory puppetry workshop. You’ll discover how to animate objects, manipulate shadows and tell a story through puppet movement. You’ll also meet the cast of Hall of Dreams the specially commissioned piece which the workshop is based around, plus you’ll get a free ticket to go see the show!

8) Summer Drama Project 2018! Aged 12-18 and love theatre? Get the opportunity to be involved in the creation of a brand new play which will be performed at the end of the week. Whether you are into acting, directing, technical theatre, stage management or costume you will have an important role to play!

9) Neon Summer School – The Big Music Takeover, Folkestone Quarterhouse. Randolph Matthews, internationally renowned music artist, is calling all budding vocalists, rappers, musicians, songwriters and beat-boxers to join him for a week of Summer classes and workshops. Create your own unique piece of music, mash-up your favourite songs through beat-box and song-writing, using cool apps on your phone, instruments and loop technology. Film your music performance to share online on YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram.

10) Summer is the perfect time to get writing. Soak up the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air and let the creative juices flow! The Foyle Young Poets Award 2018 are still looking for poetry submissions for their competition which finishes at the end of July. So there’s still time to get creative and get writing. Furthermore, the Art31 contribute page is always open for article submissions. If you’ve seen a show or arts project you’d like to review, got an opinion piece that you’d like to write or anything else creative on the tip of your fingers we’d love to hear from you!

There are 10 things that you can do to stay creative this Summer!
All that remains to say is have a great Summer!


Jonny Brace

Guest Contributor

Communications Assistant for ART31KENT. Marketing Intern for Gulbenkian. A member of Gulbenkian Uncovered. Also a Business & Management student with a love of Musical Theatre, Doctor Who and sweetcorn.