NUCLEUS artsfest 2018

23rd June

11am - 5pm

This year’s ArtsFest will be celebrating the Great Get Together through creativity. We will be challenging diversity and inclusion through this event- and if you would like to take part then please do get in touch!

artists, bands, poetry, dance

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We have held up to 4 music, poetry and dance based Artsfests per year in conjunction with Mid Kent College, the University of Kent and local bands, musicians, belly dancers and poets.  We celebrated 150 years of Alice in Wonderland by holding a wonderful Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea Party ArtsFest for children with differing special needs and from various backgrounds. It was a huge success and the children were entertained by young actors and actresses from the Play on Words Theatre Group who read extracts of Alice in Wonderland while in full costume.  We had balloon art, singing from Jamie Johnson and a real live enormous white rabbit called Poppy!!

We are always grateful for the support received to help us run these events, from our staff, artists and the local community.  We would especially like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Chatham Centre Forum and Medway Council which helps us put on our free workshops and events.


Having held various music events over the years, the ArtsFest was first organised to celebrate the 10th Birthday of Nucleus Arts in 2012.  It was so popular with the local community and such a great event that Nucleus Arts decided to make the ArtsFest an annual event. It has continued to evolve each year but is always a free one-day festival to celebrate everything creative in Medway.  Sometimes held several times throughout the year ArtsFest usually incorporates live music, poetry and spoken words, dance including belly-dancing and hoop work, alternative street theatre, visual arts, martial arts, open studios, free creative workshops and an artisan market.  

We often work in partnership with other organisations, such as Nucleus Arts' Riverside One Studios supporting Medway Council with live music for Medway’s River Festival.