Alongside a busy schedule of theatre, film, music and comedy, the Quarterhouse will now be hosting festivals throughout the year starting with a WOW festival which celebrates International Women's Day on March 8.
Quarterhouse Director, Allegra Galvin, wants to have a broader programme, with each festival co-curated with a local artist and the Folkestone Fringe working alongside each one: “Building the programme around a series of festivals is something I have wanted to do since arriving at Quarterhouse.
Although the Women of the World event is about women, it’s aimed at everyone: “There are already over forty women and a few men contributing to the programme, and over half of them live in the area.” From Monday to Friday, the festival is designed so people can drop in on a free event during their lunch break, with talks covering subjects such as women in incarceration by co-curator Leah Thorne, how women are affected by austerity and women and domestic violence.
The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Josie Long will launch WOW on March 3 with the main day on Saturday. Workshops and discussions will cover subjects like parenting, creativity, feminism through the ages and porn. Running alongside the Southbank Centre’s WOW festival, Allegra approached them to ask if they would support a satellite festival in Folkestone: “It turns out we aren’t the only ones! The Southbank Centre have future plans to create greater exchange between the WOW festivals happening across the UK and internationally, so it feels like a good time to be getting involved.”
Many of the events are free and for the main day of the festival, Saturday, there is a specail deal to cover the day. "On Saturday what we advise is that people buy a £15 pass and then that gets people into the concert in the evening and then as many things during the day as there's room.
"The best option on booking is to get on the phone, book a £15 day pass and then quickly choose as many things as they want."
A full programme can be downloaded by going to the Quarterhouse website here: WOW