Radical Roots Festival Day

A 100% FREE festival celebrating Gulbenkian's heritage as a site of radical ideas.

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On the 50th anniversary of Gulbenkian we challenge you to think how young people can be empowered to change society the same way they did in 1969.

The festival is completely free and includes music, dance, spoken word and theatre plus a variety of workshops all aimed to inspire you to make a change, take a stand and celebrate creativity.

It’s totally free, however we’re asking you to book so we can get an idea of number, plus some of the workshops have a limited capacity so to guarantee your spot book your place in advance by emailing boxoffice@kent.ac.uk, or call 01227 769075.

A selection of the events during the day include:

Radical Roots Exhibition 10:30 – 17:00
Colyer-Fergusson Mezzanine
An exhibition of artwork by young people who have worked with professional artists from the Barbican and University of Kent Special Collections and Archives which will explore the radical beginnings of the Gulbenkian.

Screen Print Resistance 10:30, 11:15 & 12:30
Gulbenkian Theatre Dressing Room
Print your very own T-shirt, tote-bag or patch. Pick from one of the winning designs from a Kent-wide young artists competition responding to burning issues of our time. Offered with generous support from KaMCOP. Book your place now!

Dance for All 11:00 – 12:00
Aphra Studio
If you have ever felt unheard, or couldn’t find the words, this workshop is a chance to express yourself through your body in a fun welcoming environment with people of all ages. Book your place now!

The Art and Craft of Protest 11:00 – 13:30
Outdoor Gazebo
All-ages placard making workshop with Animate Arts. Great for children to make artworks with a message and learn about protests. March your placard to the Speakers Corner and have your say!

Face Paint for Peace 11:00 – 13:30
Outdoor Gazebo
Get that Summer of Love feeling and look the part for the festival with 60s themed face paint. Young face painters have been artfully trained and are supervised by pros.

Speakers Corner 11:00 – 14:00
Festival Lawn
What’s your passion? What’s your cause? Jump on the Soapbox, grab the megaphone, and see how convincing you can be. Speakers Corner celebrates free speech and lively debate.

New Young Canterbury Sound Stage 12:30 – 14:00
Outdoor Stage behind Gulbenkian
An afternoon session of local up and coming musicians alongside spoken word performances developed by young poets through an Apples and Snakes Writing Room intensive at Gulbenkian.

Youth Theatre & Youth Dance Performance 12:00 – 12:15 & 14:30 – 15:15
Gulbenkian Theatre
Gripping performances from Gulbenkian’s own Youth Dance and Youth Theatre groups. Devised in response to archival material. Supported by TECH31, our young person technical theatre group.

Radical Past, Present & Futures in Art 15:30 – 16:30
Gulbenkian Cafe
A panel discussion featuring Peggy Seeger who will share tales from her own rich history of folk music at the forefront of social change. Also, punk poet Brigitte Aphrodite talks about collaborating with young people in her work.

Britain on Film: Protest! 17:15 – 18:30
Gulbenkian Cinema
From the newly digital archives Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultous social, political and economic century and the constant dynamic presence of public dissent.

This event is part of the Gulbenkian 50 years festival to celebrate our their 50th Anniversary. In their 50th year, they are aiming to raise £20,000 towards their creative learning activities with young people. Check out the entire 50th Anniversary celebration info here.

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.