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A Very Lesbian Love Story

A big gorgeous, touching , funny, irreverent and moving look at falling in love, loss and grief and what happens afterwards on the journey to survive after the love of your life has died. Clare Beloved is an artist, poet and community leader from Liverpool - she’s funny, warm and magical and has you crying and laughing all in the same second. After her wife died she travelled to San Francisco , Provincetown and a little magical Island in Greece where she hung out with some fishermen and tried to heal her broken heart … she has woven both her and her wife's words together into delicious stories from their lives to open your heart and make you want to live more juicily.



One Thousand Tiny Stories

Artist and therapist Clare Beloved shares stories from her own grief journey and facilitates this beautiful queer creative grief workshop space. A safe space to come together, meet new people and to share stories about life and grief and make something creative. There is no pressure - you can come and just listen, or take part as much or as little as you want. There will be people to talk to during the workshop if you feel wobbly and plenty of emergency chocolate and tissues.




Deborah Espect is the Festival Director of FilmPride - Brighton & Hove Pride's Official Queer Film Festival. Together with Margate Pride she has curated a line up of excellent queer films for this years Margate Pride festival. Don't miss this night if you're into film and queers!



Doorstep Duets

Join us for a free dance performance celebrating the small acts of kindness that have the power to bring people together. The Doorstep Duets programme invites choreographers to create original dance theatre shows featuring the dancers of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. This year, Hum, has been created by choreographer and movement director Anjali Mehra with original music by Luke Brady. Bring your friends and family to join us and experience free, world-class dance on your doorstep. Performances of Hum are taking place across Margate (including at ARK) on Friday 23 August and in Ramsgate on Saturday 24 August.



Four Thousand Lives

In 1939 the Kitchener Camp was set up in a derelict army base in Sandwich, saving 4,000 men from the Holocaust. Clare Ungerson describes how the rescue came about, what life was like for the men in the camp and what residents made of having 4000 German speaking Jews living in a camp in Sandwich. This talk by the author complements the Leave to Land exhibition (courtesy of the Wiener Holocaust Library) which brings together archival records and family treasures to build a moving and compelling picture of this unlikely sanctuary. Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue, 1939 is open from 12pm – 3pm Saturday 7, Sunday 8, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 September



Lunatraktors with Jessica Lauren

Award-winning ‘broken folk’ experimentalists — Lunatraktors strip Anglo-Celtic traditionals to the bare bones of vocal harmony, expanding into weird, playful spaces with eclectic acoustic beats, accordion, whistles and deep drones. Ancient and contemporary, mournful and joyously deranged, Lunatraktors are ‘simply different’ (RTÉ Lyric FM). MOJO Top Ten Folk Albums 2019 & 2021. Lunatraktors will be supported by keyboard player, composer and producer Jessica Lauren, whose keyboard skills have augmented the live performances and studio recordings of world renowned artists such as Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason, Japan's United Future Organisation, and UK soul diva Juliet Roberts.



The Monument

Combining audience participation, drag, spoken word and comedy, The Monument is the story of Bogdan, a hard-working Eastern European builder involved in a mysterious construction project, juxtaposed with the true story of the world’s largest Stalin monument. In this one woman show, the two stories are positioned side by side, creating a dialogue between two individuals, two societies and two moments in history, which encourage audiences to think about the individual & collective power in shaping the world around us. The Monument is written and performed by Polish-born Margot Przymierska whose artistic practice occupies the fault line between theater, live art and comedy. Margot’s previous work includes the UK tour of Wesele/Wedding which played in Margate in 2018.




Welcome to KlezMargate, a unique festival celebrating the diasporic Yiddish tradition of Klezmer, featuring leading artists from the UK, Europe and US, including Anna Lowenstein (Loshn), Dr Daniel Gouly and Josh Middleton (Don Kipper), Flora Curzon and Francesca Ter-Berg (Fran & Flora), Ilana Cravitz (London Klezmer Quartet), John Macnaughton (Raka), Pieter St Nicholas (Belgium), Cantor Rachel Weston and Simon Roth (Sefiroth). KlezMargate offers an immersive weekend experience with workshops, concerts and community singing, including a Yiddish choir, Klezmer Keilidh, bespoke instrumental workshops, masterclasses and Saturday night all-star concert. Join us for this very special weekend of music, song, and dance




Escaping on a Kindertransport train, one small Czech-Jewish girl embarks on a mighty adventure. Crossing between the past and present, Babi travels across Europe; from bon bons in Germany to the smell of the sea in Margate, she discovers how tiny acts of kindness can change the course of a person’s life. Joyful, moving and poignant Kinder, from multi-award winning theatre company Smoking Apples, features beautiful table top puppetry and cinematic shadow play. Inviting you to take a seat inside an immersive set, the story unfolds through a series of playful hatches and openings. “Unmissable” – ✮✮✮✮✮ Everything Theatre




It takes star quality to get adopted…and Jonathan Mayor has it! “I was chosen, you see. Right from the start. They weren’t prepared to leave the quality of their offspring to chance!” Inspired by stand-up comedian Jonathan Mayor’s real life, Varnish is a blistering new play from Janet Taylor, exploring transracial adoption and the struggle for identity. In an explosion of sequins and songs, our prince of stage and screen is every inch the superstar. Join Jonathan's live, star-studded audience in this darkly flamboyant, varnished version of the truth.



Paradise Lost

A one-man staging of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost - and not like whatever came into your head when you read the first bit of that sentence! Combining theatre, comedy and movement, this is a journey through the story of the creation of everything, condensed into 75 minutes, beginning with Lucifer’s rebellion and ending with Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. One man plays all the characters, creates all the scenes and, despite his best efforts, falls a little short of perfection. This is a show for anyone who has created anything (child, garden, paper aeroplane) and then watched it spiral out of control. Lost Dog is an award-winning dance theatre company headed by Artistic Director Ben Duke. In 2023 they won the National Dance Award for Best Mid-Scale Company. ‘The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human’ ★★★★★ The Independent ‘A heavenly new take on Milton’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard

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