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Returning for its second year, SALT festival will take you on a creative and inspiring journey through the landscape and culture of the sea. Over four days there will be opportunities to walk, talk, make, write, observe, swim, have fun, and share ideas over good food.

Co-curated by Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe, and Chris Poundwhite of Go to the Pine, SALT explores the way coastal environments shape who we are and how we think, and asks what the future might hold for the people and places that exist on the edge.

 

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THUR 29 SEPT        

1. WALK
In Praise of Walking
Thomas A. Clark
Thu 29 Sep,
8am, Free (60mins)
Meet at Quarterhouse
Book >>

Ladder to the Moon

Join us for a series of morning walks through the local landscape. Each walk will include readings from "In Praise of Walking" by the Scottish poet Thomas A Clark, read by one of our walk leaders. These readings gently raise questions about the act of walking, which we will be able to reflect on as we amble.

“There are things we will never see unless we walk to them”.

 

2. WORKSHOP
Brainwaves: Beach School
Thu 29 Sep (60mins)






A primary age intervention that combines the benefits of ‘free play’ in natural environments with informal mindfulness techniques and a nurturing approach. Beach School uses the natural coastline as an alternative to the mainstream classroom to engage children in fun and immersive learning experiences that equip them with the positive mind-set, curious nature and emotional awareness necessary to surf life’s waves.

To make a booking, please email [email protected]



 

3. BOAT TRIP
Thu 29 Sep, 11am
Meet at East Quay steps, Folkestone Harbour




SOLD OUT


Skipper Ron Shucksmith has been fishing Folkestone Harbour Arm and beaches since 1972. He’s had boats since 1987. For SALT Festival he has offered to take four lucky people for an hour’s trip on his boat ‘Seaworker’. You will get to see Folkestone from the sea, and take in the sights of East Wear Bay, the Warren, West Folkestone and Sandgate. There’s a chance you might spot some seals and porpoises.

This event will be weather dependant. Life Jackets will be provided, please wear sensible footwear and warm clothes, with a good waterproof coat.

         

4. ECO-POETRY WORKSHOP
Chris Poundwhite
Thu 29 Sep - 5.30pm,
£3 (60mins)
Quarterhouse Meeting Room

Book >>

Ladder to the Moon

Globally, we are facing climate change and ecological collapse. Individually, we want to reconnect with nature. Ecopoetry is a way for us to address these concerns. Led by ecopoet Chris Poundwhite, this workshop will get you thinking, feeling, and writing about the world we all share and call home. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute their poems to the festival zine, which will be launched on the final day of the festival.

Please bring pen and paper.


 

5. ANIMATION
Polymer by Astrid Goldsmith
Thu 29 Sep
, 6.45pm, Free (2mins) Quarterhouse Auditorium
Book >>

Ladder to the Moon

Beware what you put in the sea!

A stop-motion sci-fi marine revenge fantasy, Polymer is a dystopian vision of what might happen if plastic sea pollution is not controlled. Drawing on the rich traditions of Atomic Age monster movies, Polymer shows a monstrous creature of our own making, stalking Folkestone and returning our plastics to us in the most devastating way.

Polymer was made specially for SALT festival by local animator Astrid Goldsmith. Using puppet stop-motion, her short films offer a sideways look at the impact of human policy on the natural world.


 

SALT LAUNCH EVENT

Thu 29 Sep, 18.50, Free (40mins)
Quarterhouse Bar


Ladder to the Moon



Join us in the Quarterhouse Bar to raise a glass to celebrate the official launch of SALT festival of the sea and environment.

         

6. FILM
Antarctica, Chris Dobrowolski
Thu 29 Sep - 7.30pm,
£10, £8 Con (70mins)
Quarterhouse Auditorium

Book >>

Ladder to the Moon

Antarctica is the most inhospitable climate in the world. It’s the driest, windiest place on Earth, synonymous with lack of life, failed expedition attempts and the crisis of climate change. A place with no artists for miles around. A place that Chris Dobrowolski decided was perfect for him.


 










For three and a half months Chris lived and worked alongside the medical professionals, researchers and scientists at the British Antarctic Survey, trying to experiment creatively whilst (crucially) trying to survive. He discovered that sometimes it’s very difficult to justify your position as an Artist whilst everyone around you is a Hero. Antarctica is an adventure story-PowerPoint-presentation about overcoming hardships and celebrating difference via tales of carnivorous ducks, Ladybird books and a sledge built out of gold picture frames.

 


 


FRI 30 SEP        

7. WALK
In Praise of Walking
Thomas A. Clark
Fri 30 Sep,
9am, Free (60mins)
Meet at Quarterhouse
Book >>
Ladder to the Moon

Join us for a series of morning walks through the local landscape. Each walk will include readings from "In Praise of Walking" by the Scottish poet Thomas A Clark, read by one of our walk leaders. These readings gently raise questions about the act of walking, which we will be able to reflect on as we amble.

“There are things we will never see unless we walk to them”.

 

8. EXPERIENCE
Shingle Garden
Thu 29 Sep,
12pm, £3 (90mins)
East Yard, Harbour Arm

Book >>



Ladder to the Moon

Diane Dever and Frances Tophill have been working with a group of volunteers to establish a shingle garden from species that have been growing on the Harbour Station train track since its closure in 2004. Come and see how the garden is progressing and hear exactly what thrives in this coastal environment. There will also be a chance to learn about the seafront masterplan and how it will use sculpted shingle banks as a natural defence against storms.

 

9. WALK
Carol Donaldson
Fri 30 Sep,
2.30pm, Free (120mins)
Book >>




Ladder to the Moon

Join award winning nature writer Carol Donaldson for a walk on the wild side of Folkestone. Explore the beautiful countryside outside of the town centre and learn a little more about the internationally important wildlife that inhabits it.

Two hour walk with some hills. Please wear strong shoes.

         

10. DISCUSSION
Beached
Malcolm Allen & Jon Wilson
Fri 30 Sep,
5.30pm, £3 (60mins) Quarterhouse Bar
Book >>

Ladder to the Moon

Alongside the exhibition Beached, artist Malcolm Allen, Jon Wilson from Folkestone Rainbow Centre and Beached artists discuss the notion that there is a disproportionate number of afflicted, addicted or otherwise disadvantaged people who gravitate to, drift or establish themselves at the coast. Is the seaside town the end of the road or can it be a new beginning?

Chaired by Susanna Howard
from Living Words






 

11. TALK
Wild: Elemental Journey
Fri 30 Sep, 7pm, Age 14+ (60mins)

Quarterhouse Auditorium
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The idea of the sea has cultural depth and political significance, mythic resonance and inherent music. This talk will explore a variety of its meanings, including how it is intimately related to ideas of time.

For Britain, the seashore has become a political borderline, as fixed and poisonous as water is not. The shoreline politics of UKIP are now part of our national shame. Modernity is also replaying the myth of the Fisher King, destroying ocean life for a holy grail of economic wealth. Jay Griffiths will look at ancient ideas of the ocean, and indigenous understandings of ocean vitality. Underneath everything, the oceans have their music: songlines of whales and dolphins, and this talk will also look at the marine rattlebag of the sheer beauty of the underwater world.

Jay Griffiths is the author of Wild: An Elemental Journey and most recently Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression.

 

12. FILM
Sea Cinema
Fri 30 Sep, 9pm (60mins)
East Yard, Harbour Arm





A rare opportunity to watch and discuss 5 powerful short films about the sea and the environment in Folkestone and further ashore, whilst sitting out in the first SALT outdoor Sea Cinema on the harbour arm. Exploring urgent issues affecting our seas today, such as local, national and international fishing as well as the impact of pollution on our seas. The films will be followed by an interesting discussion and Q&A with some of the film makers including Peter Murphy from Action Aid International and Leo Murray from environmental campaign group 10:10. We will discuss the issues surrounding the making of the films and what can be done to tackle these issues in the future.

• The Last Fishermen by Greenpeace UK

• Fishing in Senegal by Peter Murphy

• Tipping point by Leo Murray
(Followed by Q & A session with the film makers about their work and other issues)

• Life's A Beach by John Baker

SAT 1 OCT        

13. WALK
In Praise of Walking
Thomas A. Clark
Sat 1 Oct,
8am, Free (60mins)
Meet at Quarterhouse

Book >>Ladder to the Moon

Join us for a series of morning walks through the local landscape. Each walk will include readings from "In Praise of Walking" by the Scottish poet Thomas A Clark, read by one of our walk leaders. These readings gently raise questions about the act of walking, which we will be able to reflect on as we amble.

“There are things we will never see unless we walk to them”.

 

14. INTERACTIVE
You're Getting Warmer
Sat 1 Oct, 10am (60mins)
£6 Adult, £5 Child (under 12)

With all the challenges that life throws at you it's easy to lose sight of your strengths and qualities. In this interactive workshop Rayya Ghul and Nicholette Goff will create a space and provide a variety of familiar and unusual craft materials, as well as some great questions, for you to explore who you are at your very best.

 

15. TALK
Walking/Drowning Talk
Sat 1 Oct, 11am, £3
The Waiting Room, Harbour Arm
Book >>

This year’s festival includes a new work by the Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay displayed in naval signal code. Join Alec to talk about the work, its significance for Folkestone and the ‘sleeve’ of sea between England and France.

         

16. CHOIR
Wildflowers Woman's Choir
Sat 1 Oct, Various times & locations
in town & Harbour Arm
Free


Normal? Us?

Formed as part of the WOW festival of inspiring women in March 2016, the Wildflowers Women’s Choir are back for the SALT festival with a new repertoire of songs related to the coast and sea. Look out for pop-up performances in the town centre and harbour area across the day.

Musical Director - Carol Grimes

 

17. FOOD
Foraged Feast
Martin Reid & Dr Legumes
Sat 1 Oct 1pm, £6 (90mins)
East Yard, Harbour Arm
Book
>>

Foraged Feast brings together the skills of local fisherman Martin Reid who will literally fish for our lunch off the Harbour Arm and local chefs Dr Legumes who will use unsold produce from organic veg stall Manifesto with some foraged treats to create a special meal for people to share together.

 

18. DISCUSSION
Is Climate Change Above the Law
Leo Murray & Plane Stupid
Sat 1 Oct 3pm £3
Book
>>

Talk about something you like by Byron Vincent
Talk about something you like by Byron Vincent

Throughout history there have been major causes that have only been addressed through brave people, often taking illegal direct action, to protest and raise awareness of the issues. For example, The Suffragettes winning women the right to vote, or Nelson Mandela and the ANC’s struggle against apartheid.

Is climate change also a similar cause? During this lively discussion we will ask: ‘Is climate change above the law?’ and hear firsthand from people who believe passionately that it is. The discussion will be hosted by Leo Murray, a renowned environmental campaigner, and we will hear from people as part of Plane Stupid and ‘Heathrow 13’ who have mounted the Houses of Parliament and closed airports to highlight the issues of climate change. We will look at what convinces usually ‘law abiding’ citizens to knowingly break the law and ask ‘is it ok?’ Please bring your opinions and let’s discuss!!
         

19. WORKSHOP
Sea Shanty Singing with the RX Shanty Men
Sat 4pm, (90mins) Quarterhouse Meeting Room £5
Book
>>


Come along and learn some simple sea shanty parts for your own pleasure or to sing along at the RX Shanty Men gig on the Harbour Arm this evening.

‘To me way hey, blow the man down!’
 

20. FILM
Kanalschwimmer + post show talk with Channel swimmers
Jörg Adolph
Sat 5pm (92mins) £5 Adult, £4 Child
Quarterhouse Auditorium
Book
>>


Between Dover and Calais, the English Channel is 33 kilometres long and crossed by 500 ships a day. In this documentary, filmmaker Jörg
Adolph follows three Channel swimmers as they undertake one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in the world; vividly evoking the loneliness of the long-distance swimmer in a stretch of water that is nothing less than mythical.

 

21. DINNER & SONG
Sea Shanty Singing with the RX Shanty Men
Sat 8pm, The Waiting Room, Room £10
Book
>>


Join Hastings-based sea shanty singers, the RX Shanty Men (RX is the registration code for Hastings fishing boats) for an evening of song, food and conviviality.
Their mission is quite simply to spread the gospel of shanty singing, entertain their audience and have a good time doing it!
SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER        

22. WALK
In Praise of Walking
Thomas A. Clark
Sat 1 Oct,
9am, Free (60mins)
Meet at Quarterhouse

Book >>Ladder to the Moon

Join us for a series of morning walks through the local landscape. Each walk will include readings from "In Praise of Walking" by the Scottish poet Thomas A Clark, read by one of our walk leaders. These readings gently raise questions about the act of walking, which we will be able to reflect on as we amble.

“There are things we will never see unless we walk to them”.

 

23. ARTISTS' BREAKFAST
The Lindon Space
Sun 10am, £5 (90mins)
Book >>




We invite you to breakfast in the gallery and join a conversation with SALT artists exhibiting at The Lindon Space over delicious kedgeree supplied by The Pullman.

 

24. KIDS ACTICITIES
Fun Palace
Sun 10am - 5pm, Free
Book
>>


On the first weekend of October over 100 Fun Palaces will pop up across the UK, celebrating the vision of a very special woman called Joan Littlewood. Fun Palaces is a campaign for culture that everyone can join – combining arts and sciences, welcoming and free, at the heart of our communities.

Once again Folkestone Quarterhouse and Folkestone Fringe are working together to host a Fun Palace and this year it is all about the sea and environment from sea monsters to mermaids, there will be something for everyone. And best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE!

         

4. WORKSHOP
A Parable for Endeavour
Sun 2.30pm (40mins), Free
Quarterhouse Auditorium

Book
>>

A collaborative film made for SALT by three artists looking, listening, hearing, thinking, speaking and heeding each other, the work, the sea and the skies.

Six eyes see more than two - add to that 5 camera eyes and this collaboration results in more than the sum of its parts.

Seen by the camera and unbeknown to two of the artists, the film starts as they set about preparation for a performance.

‘None of us had a conception of a final film we only knew that we would go down to the beach with a variety of cameras, and make a work on paper.’

As the film progresses it becomes a parable for endeavour.

 

5. WORKSHOP
Border Patrol
Kreider + O'Leary
Sun 1pm, (90mins) £2

Book
>>

Poet and architect Kreider + O’Leary explore – and imagine – the sea edges of Folkestone through a guided tour en promenade from the Stade to Leas Cliff via the Harbour Arm. Using spoken word, architectural elements and archaeological details, they examine the site as a borderland, both psychological and territorial, enabling journeys across.

 

6. SALT DIP
Alan Taylor
Sun 3pm (60mins), Free
Book
>>



Meet us on Sunny Sands Beach for a quick dip in the sea led by Folkestone resident Alan Taylor who swims in the sea every day of the year! Followed by a warming hot chocolate drink and conversation about the joys of bracing sea bathing.

Followed by a delicious and warming hot chocolate drink provided by Go Dutch

         

4. SALT WRAP
Go to the Pine
Sun 5.30pm (90mins), Free
East Yard, Folkestone Harbour Arm
Book
>>

Join us for the launch of the SALT zine and a spoken word session inspired by the environment hosted by Go to the Pine to wrap up the SALT festival in fine style.


 

 

 


         
EXHIBITIONS        

Beached: Malcolm Allen, Onno de Graaf, Kitty Hall, James Marsh, Andy McGuire, Nikki Tompsett, Thurle Wright,  James Marsh, Susan Triffitt

Whelkboy Gallery, 44 the Old High Street, 23 September – 9 October, 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays)

An exhibition of new work by nine artists who live by the sea inspired by the possibilities of a very tall sky, the optimism of a wide horizon, the faded glory of a coastal town, grand and spacious houses converted into less than grand B&Bs or bedsits. Homelessness, anonymity, just passing through, migration, immigration, the romance of life on an open road, following a coastal path, travelling without a map or a destination, convalescing, getting well, getting clean, environmentally clean, staying well or staying ill.

   
         

Folkestone Trawlermen: Andy Aitchison

The Corridor, Harbour Arm, 25 September – 2 October, 10am – 5pm

Open view Sunday 25 September, 5pm to 7pm

Folkestone was founded on its fishing industry and in its heyday there were 60 boats operating out of the harbour. Today, there are only 7 working boats left.  International award-winning documentary photographer, Andrew Aitchison, has been working with Folkestone Trawlers to capture portraits of the fishermen of 2016.

   
         

Found In Folkestone: Karen Pamplin Browne

Block 67, 67 Tontine Street, CT20 1JR, 29 September - 2 October, 11am - 5pm 

Karen is photographing private collections and developing participatory artwork around collecting to be shown in the new Folkestone Museum in 2017. During SALT, Karen invites you to bring in objects discovered near the sea or related to the sea to be donated to a new Found in Folkestone collection to be shown at Kent Collects next year.

Visit their Facebook Page here

   
         

Weathertime: Dover Arts Development

Folkestone Sea Sports, The Stade, CT21 6AU, 30 September – 2 October, 11am – 4pm, every 30mins on loop

Weathertime gathers work by 30 artists on either side of the Channel. Together they have created a visual diary, each responding to the weather on a particular day in September 2015 in painting, drawing, print and text, woven together with an original soundtrack into a 30-minute film. 

   
         

Who hath desired the Sea? - the sight of salt water unbounded - Helen Lee

Kabe Gallery, 34 Old High Street, 30 September – 2 October, 11am - 4pm

Since moving to Folkestone at the end of January, Helen has made a series of drawings and paintings in situ mainly to work out how her new environment fits together. With the opening line of Rudyard Kipling’s The Sea and the Hills ringing in her head, she has discovered how inspiring and brilliant it is to live by the sea.

   
         

As Far As We Can See

The Lindon Space, 23 Wear Bay Road, CT19 6BN, 29 September - 2 October, 11am - 5pm 

A group exhibition featuring work by Judith Anketell, Joanna Jones, Helen Lindon, Helen Mayer and Clare Smith inspired by the sea and the elements including :

A Parable for Endeavour: Joanna Jones, Helen Lindon, Clare Smith

A collaborative film made for SALT by three artists looking, listening, hearing, thinking, speaking and heeding each other, the work, the sea and the skies.Six eyes see more than two - add to that 5 camera eyes and this collaboration results in more than the sum of its parts. Seen by the camera and unbeknown to two of the artists, the film starts as they set about preparation for a performance.

‘None of us had a conception of a final film we only knew that we would go down to the beach with a variety of cameras, and make a work on paper.’

As the film progresses it becomes a parable for endeavour.

The film will also be shown on the big screen at Quarterhouse on Sunday 2 October at midday. For more information, click here.