ARK SPRING PROGRAMME
January / February / March
Following our sold-out Autumn season, we are now looking forward to a Spring packed with music, theatre, workshops, classes and other events.
Our 2024 programme starts with Infinity – a festival celebrating internationally acclaimed Margate-based artist Govinda Sah ‘Azad’. Alongside an exhibition of Govinda’s paintings are workshops, talks and meditation sessions – plus two very special performances – Vishnu’s Got my Back, a queer coming-of-age story featuring Margate-based dancer and chorographer Ash Mukherjee, and a performance by the Orchestra from Everywhere, which brings together musicians and music from around the world.
This is followed by The Margate Songbook – Echoes of England. Introduced by comedian Charlie Partridge, artists including the Snottledogs, Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter, Josh Flowers, Bower Street Morris, Harmony Bo, Phien O'Phien, Morag Butler, Jon Beetham, Charlie Hannah, Ben Faria, Paul Grant and Henry Gabbott perform songs chosen by local residents illustrating what musical England means to them – be prepared for some surprises!
Our other concert this Spring is Mahogany, celebrating the diversity, contribution and legacy of Black women in music - Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith feature alongside contemporary artists such as Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Vocalist, Producer and Artistic Director Sabina Desir and longstanding collaborator Jessica Lauren (keyboards) pay homage to some of the artists whose music is at once joyous, revolutionary and always steeped in honesty. Featuring Jason Simpson on bass and award-winning multi-woodwind instrumentalist Tamar Osborn.
We are delighted to welcome RedCape Theatre to ARK this Spring with On Track - a new play drawing on true stories around the history of women's cycling and using RedCape Theatre's trademark blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre. Exploring how a simple bicycle can become a vehicle to freedom, On Track will inspire you to pump up your tyres and ride out on a new adventure. We are partnering with Ride Margate for this show, and your ticket will entitle you to half price bike hire up to 28th March.
This is just a taste of things to come – so check in here for other events and details of our regular Flea Markets which are taking place on the last Sunday of every Month, starting on February 28th.
We look forward to seeing you at ARK soon!
CLIFTONVILLE VOICES EXHIBITION
Cliftonville Voices is an oral history project celebrating the diversity of Cliftonville. It started in 2022, when over 40 of Cliftonville’s residents, past and present, shared their experiences of living and working in Cliftonville.
View the exhibition online