Kent announces a major new arts festival for Canterbury

The International Festival of Projections, one of the University's twelve Beacon Projects, will run from 18 to 20 March 2016.

Taking place across the University’s Canterbury campus and beyond, the Festival will involve spectacular large-scale moving and still image projections, as well as intimate installations and performances on sites including ancient woodland, celebrated architecture, in public spaces and in places usually hidden from view.

Funded as one of the University’s Beacon Projects, which were announced during its 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Festival has been designed to showcase internationally renowned arts together with ground-breaking research at Kent. A specially curated programme will include film screenings, art installations, talks and events.

Events will include:

  • drive in cinema with live music soundtrack by cult Japanese band Night of the Stickmen (of Bo Ningen)
  • a unique art exhibition of artists’ work including rare, original magic lantern machines, and beautiful Victorian slides at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
  • extensive programme of free cinema, and talks by Directors, from BAFTA winners and classics to brand new premieres
  • a huge interactive Test Your Own Strength projection – bringing the fairground game right into the 21st Century
  • The Cube, a pioneering use of the new Oculus Rift gaming technology for storytelling

The Cube

There will also be a community driven project that draws together the University, the Cathedral and the City of Canterbury via a Morse code conversation using signal lamps. This will take place after sunset on Friday 18 March. For this part of the Festival, ten public figures will be commissioned to write a one-line hope, wish or aspiration for the next half century – their projections for the future – and everyone in Canterbury will be invited to participate.