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The TÖNE Festival - A Meeting of Sound and Light

The Töne Festival was the first of its kind in Medway, organised and hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.


Pre-Festival: 9th-19th June, 2014
Festival: 20th-22nd June, 2014
Location: The event will be held at venues around the Historic Dockyard Chatham, as well key locations around Medway including LV21 and Fort Amherst


Töne was a festival of sonic and visual arts that explores the spaces, forms and durations that exist within and between these two overlapping fields. The festival took place on the Midsummer weekend as the Sun rises to its zenith in the Northern hemisphere, a fact highlighted in the 2014 theme ‘A Meeting of Sound and Light’. 2014 also marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Töne’s broad range of new commissions invited audiences to explore and reflect on the aesthetic and political resonances of the military and maritime location of Chatham and the surrounding area, and the season.

The three key goals of the festival:

  • To profile challenging work resulting from artists’ experiments and research in the aural, visual, and spatial
  • To nurture cross-pollination and conversation across the university, regional, and international arts communities
  • To activate the dockyard campus as a hub for meeting, exchange and creative encounters in the local area and the Swale and Medway region.

Artistic Directors: Claudia Molitor and Julie Louise Bacon



Pre Festival Programme:

The pre-festival begins with artists arriving in Chatham to work in-residence at the festival venues from 9th June onwards. View the Pre Festival Planner.

Pre Festival Events
Installations – at POP, opening hours 12.00-18.00 :      
Harriet Gifford, One Hundred Years of War POP Tue 10- Sun 15 June FREE
Steve Klee, Too Prolix: A Tour out of Time POP Tue 10- Sun 15 June FREE
Private View, Harriet Gifford and Steve Klee POP Fri 13thJune 16:00-18:00 FREE
Tomoko Sauvage, Ringing dew drops, beneath the waves POP Mon 16-Thurs 19th June FREE
Amie Rai, The Library, The Page, The Conversation POP Mon 16-Thurs 19th June FREE
Private View, Tomoko Sauvage and Amie Rai POP Thurs 19th 16:00-18:00 FREE
Artist Talks – at POP      
Steve Klee, Re-Animating the Archive. 1 hour Artist talk & QA POP Sun 15th 14:00-15:00 FREE
Tomoko Sauvage POP Thurs 19th 15:00-!6:00 FREE
Workshops at the School of Music and Fine Art, on The Historic Dockyard      

Allan Giddy, 2 hour studio workshop to arts students on site-specific, sculptural and installation practice. (12 places)

University space on the Dockyard 12th June 11-1pm FREE. Please register at
Kathy Hinde, making origami cranes Fort Amherst Cafe 14-15 June 12-3pm FREE. Drop-in
Morgan O’Hara, 2 hour site-based drawing workshop open to local
artists, students. (10 places) Work documented on TÖNE website.
University space 19th June 11-1pm FREE. Please register at



64 High St, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4DS


Historic Dockyard
Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TE


Fort Amherst
Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UB


Sun Pier House
Medway St Chatham, Kent, ME4 4HF

Gun Wharf
Gun Wharf Dock Rd, Chatham, Kent,


Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Rd, Kent,



Festival Programme:

James Geurts (AU): light and sound installation @ Sun Pier/Pantoon and Sun Pier House Gallery

Joanna Baillie: camera obscura @ Sun Pier House Gallery

Allan Giddy(AU)/Alison Blunt (UK): sound installation

Kathy Hinde (UK): sound sculpture @ wall along river and Amherst Fort

Tomoko Sauvage  installation @ Highstreet

Open call – 100th anniversary WWI @ Amherst Fort

Students work: open call – (tbc)

Mats Lindstrom and Anna Koch @ LV21

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Peter Meanwell: TÖNE Radio Broadcast



On the Dockyard - Friday 20th June

Three celli performance (Lucy Railton, Rohan De Saram, Oliver Coates (celli), directed by Dan Ayling) (UK)

Musarch Choir (Metropolitan University), lead by Jan Hendrickse (UK)

Walk and Boat trip along Kathy Hinde’s installation

Congregation at James Geurt’s installation @ Sun Pier House

Reception @ Sun Pier House

Midnight Cinema @ Fort Amherst



On the Dockyard - Saturday 21st June

Julie Louise Bacon (UK): poem performance @ Air-raid Shelter

Jennifer Walshe (IRL): voice performance

Frode Haltli (FIN): accordion recital

Morgan O’Hara (USA) live transmission performance

Max Reinhardt DJ (BBC Radio 3) and conviviality reception organized by Helen Sharp


On the Dockyard - Sunday 22nd June

Piano event (Sarah Nicolls and Open call)

Followed by round table plenary

Conviviality commission



Festival Artists:



Festival Partners:



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