Organisers of the Deal Festival eye up expansion into Dover
ORGANISERS behind the long-running Deal Festival have said they want to expand into Dover.
The ten-day music celebration will be launched in Dover on Friday, June 29, with a concert by children from the Aspen Unit at Christ Church Academy.
MP Charlie Elphicke will be officially opening the festival at Dover Town Hall while the main performance, a world premiere of Julian Philips' Battle, will also be held at the venue.
Deal Festival chairman Tim Jackaman said: "We want to show everyone that we are committed to Dover and Dover audiences.
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"This year is all about discovery – finding out what Dover audiences like and introducing them to what the Deal Festival stands for: exciting, accessible music of many different kinds.
"Our education team is working with some amazing doctors, special education needs teachers and world-class musicians to let the kids at the Aspen Units prove the benefits of music in education and that music should be accessible to everyone.
"We're absolutely delighted that Charlie Elphicke is opening the festival at Dover town hall and that he will be able to see for himself the kind of ground-breaking work we're doing."
Key events taking place in Dover include the Little Book of Monsters, on July 2, which will see almost 1,000 children from the district taking part in a new song cycle as part of the Arts Council England-funded PyramiDeal programme.
On June 30 there will be a street theatre with Dizzy O'Dare and the Galloping Cuckoos in Market Square, while the day before Kerry Andrew and a sound collective will perform at the Pines Calyx, St Margaret's-at-Cliffe.
A full programme of concerts will still be held in and around Deal.
For a list of performances, visit www.dealfestival.co.uk