Margate NOW 2020: Friday 25 September to Sunday 11 October 2020


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and South East Creatives.

Margate Festival is excited to announce the appointment of People Dem Collective as Guest Curator of Margate NOW 2020. This collaboration is a direct, urgent response to current protests and upheaval, and the beginning of an ongoing partnership. Margate Festival is acting on its expression of solidarity – acknowledging the significance of this moment and seeking to open a growing relationship and dialogue with Thanet Black, Brown & Diaspora communities. 

People Dem Collective is a community group based in Margate whose mission is to “facilitate systemic change, promote healing and continue the work of our ancestors”.

We are activating a further call out to be part of the festival, specifically encouraging participation from Black, Brown & Diaspora artists and communities in the area, in an honest, sensitive and inclusive way. People Dem Collective will offer support throughout the process, and take the lead on overall festival curation. Find details of the activation here.

“Margate Festival celebrates the best contemporary culture from Margate’s world-class creative community. Art, music, performance, written and spoken word, collective action and visual culture form a dynamic programme featuring co-commissions in the public realm and local, national and international artists. The theme NOW brings urgency and relevance.”

Dan Chilcott, Jo Murray, Claire Orme and Jenny Duff, Margate Festival Delivery Team