The Creative Quarter is once again throwing open it’s doors and revealing it’s hidden spaces as Open Quarter returns Friday 16 June – Sunday 18 June 2017! Prepare to be challenged and delighted as you take a leisurely stroll, enjoy delicious coffee and cake in the most enticing cafes and find yourself in conversation with strangers in this urban village of designer markers, technophiles and artists. The Creative Quarter is a hive of creativity, where shops are not just sales outlets, galleries are studios and bars are performance spaces – Open Quarter gives you the chance to talk to the enterprising folk that have chosen to live and work here. Join the Facebook event page here!

Open Quarter begins with Connecting Creatives on Friday 16 June, which will take place at Quarterhouse from 5.30pm. The inspiring event invites local business owners, artists and start-ups to meet, make contacts and talk about their plans for the future and is a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge about working in the creative industries and bond with like-minded people. Join the Facebook event page here! This year’s speakers include:

Jennifer Buchman – Manager of Folkestone Museum

Joanna Jones – Co-founder of Dover Arts Development

Madeleine Hodge – Project Manager of The Ash Project for the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Daniel Kennedy – Managing Director of creative design and marketing agency, Progress

Susanna Howard – Founder and artistic director of arts and literature organisation, Living Words

Karen Pamplin Browne – Owner of Folkestone Art Room and Curator at Brew

David Hevey – Project- and creative-director, documentary film-maker and media polymath

Benjamin Sebastian and Bean – Co-directors of and curators at ]performance s p a c e [ for visual arts

Sarah and Rick Davis – Co-directors of graphic design and advertising company D2 Creative Agency

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