Mime artists, stilt walkers, roving musicians and acrobats will be spearheading a French invasion into Margate next weekend (Saturday 14 October).
The one day street festival is being put on by Thanet Council and links into Turner Contemporary’s Unité exhibition, which highlights the work of French artists.
Performers will be out in the High Street area between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm, with acts including Accordian player Anthony Bryan, silent clown Vinny, stilt walkers, Incadescence and French mime artist Mimbo. Human statues will also be out and there’ll be music from Douce Ambience and Oyster Opera, who’ll be on a musical walkabout and a roving Jazz band.
Locally based groups will be providing an opportunity for visitors to get involved with D’Expressions holding street dance workshops between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm and Art Monkeys holding pavement art workshops in the area around Boots between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and 1.30 and 4.00 pm.
Work will also continue on the Margate Giant, with workshops taking place at Crate in Bilton Square, off Margate High Street between 1.00 and 4.00 pm. The workshops are being run by Strange Cargo, who have been commissioned by Turner Contemporary, with support from Thanet Council and the Maritime Heritage Trail.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “This French festival is all about showcasing the great benefits that art can bring to an area. The Unité exhibition, being staged by Turner Contemporary over the next few months, is an excellent opportunity to bring performing artists, such as musicians and acrobats, into the centre of Margate. Not only will the festival help to boost the local economy, but it will give both local residents and visitors a first class event to enjoy. Traders in Margate have also told us that they’re keen to see more events being staged outside of the main summer season and we’re happy to deliver that with this French festival.”
A continental market is also being held on Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October by the Margate Town Partnership in the lower half of Margate High Street, which will be closed to traffic.