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If you are aged 13-25, GENFest is for you. This is the festival curated by young people for young people, giving a dedicated platform to young creative voices in Kent.

It’s a place to connect with and meet new friends, enjoy a day of live festival performances and pick up new skills in our artist-led workshops.

Live performances include new work from Square Pegs Arts, Oida Theatre, Unsettled Theatre, Confidance and Icon Youth Theatre plus a stand up comedy show with some of the best up and coming young comedians!

You can also check out amazing new music talent with local bands and artists showcasing their work on the GENFest music stage! As well as film screenings in Gulbenkian cinema of new work from brilliant local young filmmakers, including ‘Henry’s Room’ by students from University of Kent.

There will also be a whole host of FREE artist-led workshops, including street dance, graffiti, cyanotypes, songwriting and even a singing workshop from the original, West End Tracy Turnblad, from Hairspray the Musical!

And our very own GENFest Art Exhibition in Colyer-Fergusson Foyer from local young people including: Luca Fusulo, St John’s School, Dover SmART, Sophie Chan, Eraj Fatima and GYG art group.

The day kicks off at 12pm with events running until 8pm, including live music on our outdoor stage and an outdoor BBQ and bar available.

GENFest is totally FREE but due to limited capacity we encourage you to book tickets for performances and workshops beforehand online.

ART31

ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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