Seaside town research presented in an innovative ‘gig lecture’

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Dr Sophia Labadi

A joint project between a University lecturer, an artist and a musician features at the Folkestone Triennial in the form of a ‘gig lecture’.

Dr Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology in the School of European Culture and Languages worked with artist Andy Tuohy and composer/performer Anna Braithwaite to develop the event.

Entitled Fanfare for a Seaside Town: Imagining Folkestone’s Future, the gig lecture takes place in the Customs House, Folkestone Harbour Arm on Friday 13 October at 18.00 and Saturday 14 October at 11.00, 14.00 and 18.00.

The exhibition also displays artwork inspired by the themes of the workshops and interviews carried out by Dr Labadi. The event is free and open to all. Following the gig lecture, there is an opportunity to ask questions about the project.

Dr Labadi carried out a series of interviews with people in Folkestone to find out how they think the town will look in the future following regeneration.

Aspects explored by the research include the impact of the Creative Quarter to the wider population of Folkestone, how people feel about how developers have changed the area and how the regeneration could improve people’s lives.