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JAM on the Marsh

By Rachel Hocking

The annual multi-arts festival was first launched in 2014 and draws thousands of visitors from all over the UK to Romney Marsh’s world-renowned medieval churches – from Dungeness and Hythe to Lympne and New Romney.


Identified as true beacons of culture and history; JAM on the Marsh declare the Romney Marsh’s churches as the heart of this festival.


This year, JAM on the Marsh will be curated by internationally renowned composer, Paul Mealor, for the second year after the incredible success of last year’s near sell-out festival.


Talking about the festival, Mealor said: “This year is even bigger and better than last with art, literature and music celebrated in every part of this most beautiful part of the world.”


With many newcomers joining the regular showcases, there are over 20 events to attend over ten days.


From the hushed tones of the BBC Singers, poetry readings by famous Shakespearian actress Dame Janet Suzman, to the works of award-winning photographers and kite-making and flying, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this gorgeous setting.


The 2016 festival will draw to an explosive end with a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – 75 years after its first performance. In the spirit of this festival, this performance is to be a culmination of the tuition of four early-career musicians by Messiaen expert Peter Hill.


JAM on the Marsh is set to return to the breathtaking Romney Marsh for its third year on 7th July.

For more information and to buy tickets for events and the Festival Bus, go to

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