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Canterbury Festival comes to Canterbury College

Students are getting ready to take to the stage as part of the Canterbury Festival, which Canterbury College is partnering with for the first time.

A host of performances are being put on by the Music, Media and Performing Arts department, encapsulating a wide range of the arts.

Called the We:Connect Festival, the project is a collaboration between the College, the festival, Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Academy.

Running on Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, some of the performances are being held on the campus.

The first of these is a Samba Workshop, taking place on the grass in front of the College at 2pm on the Saturday. The public is invited to come down and learn all about Samba music, as well as join in with some dancing.

Later that day, at 5pm, students will be hosting Live from the Lanfranc Theatre – a showcase of all the young musical talent on the Canterbury scene today.

A wide array of styles is expected during the vibrant gig, with a mix of punk, rock, indie and covers of popular songs.

At 1.30pm on Sunday, the Lanfranc Theatre will once again take centre stage as Performing Arts students demonstrate their thespian prowess in a Student Theatre Showcase.

Tickets for all of the above events cost £2.74 each, and are available through the Canterbury Festival website.

The final event taking place at Canterbury College for this year’s We:Connect Festival will be held at 3.30pm that afternoon, taking the form of a concert which mixes student and pro bands.

Three bands are featuring - Moon Hooligan, Dear Pariah and Almahata – with student support acts kicking off proceedings. The show will run until around 6.15pm and costs £4.90 per ticket.

ALMAHATA and Moonhooligan are among the acts playing at Canterbury College

Zoran Tesic, Head of Media and Communication, said: “It’s great that Canterbury College is putting itself on the cultural map as part of the We:Connect Festival. This promises to be the start of a great partnership between us and Canterbury Festival, as we’ll also be putting on performances for its main October event.

“What we’re doing with our performances at We:Connect is showing that there is a wealth of talent among our students, and a culture of excellence here at Canterbury College.”

We:Connect is just one part of Reconnect Presents – a Kent-wide project funded by Kent County Council, providing young people with opportunities that they missed during the Covid pandemic and two years of lockdown.

Students from Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury College and Canterbury Academy can get 50% off all ticket prices by using the code WECONNECT50.

For more information, and the whole schedule of events, visit the Canterbury Festival website.