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New Arts Festival Launched In White Cliffs Country

White Cliffs Country has a thriving cultural scene that offers exciting visitor experiences, from exhibitions and performing arts in Deal to art trails, artists’ markets and live music in Dover to festivals and retro cinema experiences in Sandwich and much, much more. Now Dover Arts Development Ltd (DAD) is bringing culture from Dover to people all over the world - with a new, six-month Digital Festival of sound and visual content.

Celebrating Dover’s hidden treasures through art: New digital festival takes culture from Dover to the world

Promoting Dover to the world as a place for culture, the digital festival – which has the slogan You Can Reach The World From Dover - features sound, music, writing, photography and video work. The festival includes a major new commission from internationally renowned musicians Anna Phoebe and Richard Bundy, both based in the Dover area.


Artist and writer Simon Bill, who lives in Dover, is the festival’s writer in residence and, as well as writing a regular project blog, will work with Dover’s writers, poets and historians. He will also lead exploratory walks so that fellow walkers can engage with Dover’s hidden treasures.

Positioning the town in White Cliffs Country as a place where the arts are celebrated and valued, by championing culture in Dover, DAD is expanding its website to host the digital projects and experiences, which reach out to the global arts community through social media platforms and regular radio broadcasts.

It comes after DAD was awarded more than £40,000 in funding from Arts Council England to deliver the six month long digital festival of culture from Dover.

Hazel Edwards, South East Area Director, Arts Council England says: "We’re really pleased to support the development of this exciting new digital festival thanks to National Lottery funding. It’s great to see that Dover Arts Development has been working so closely with both local artists and the community to put together a festival that celebrates Dover, provides opportunity and helps uncover Dover's hidden treasures – all through music, photography, video and much more.”

Joanna Jones, who co-founded DAD with Clare Smith, said "We are absolutely delighted and greatly looking forward to developing DAD’s digital offer and helping to build greater creative resilience in Dover’s community.”

The festival runs from July to the end of 2021. You can visit the digital festival here.

Find out more about the cultural scene in White Cliffs Country.

Musician ANNA PHOEBE (photo credit: Rob Blackham)

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