How did POW! come to life?...

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POW! Thanet was founded by local freelance arts manager, Christina Clark-McQuaid in November 2015, with the first festival taking place in March 2016. 

POW!  is held annually over a 4-5 day period to co-incide with International Women’s Day on 8th March. It is a platform showcasing a range of events across the 3 main towns of Thanet - Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs - with the goals of encouraging community involvement in local arts and cultural activities, and profiling the work of local female artists.

With two successful years behind us, POW! Thanet has developed an exciting programme of artistic diversity and cultural engagement. The previous two festivals were managed on a voluntary basis by a team of 7 professional women and it is due to their passion and dedication that by 2017 we were able to programme 58 events in 20 venues across 4 days!  

Let's CELEBRATE the creative wealth of women!

Meet The Team...



Christina Clark-McQuaid
Festival Director

Christina Clark-McQuaid has 30 years’ experience as an arts manager. Previous jobs have included administering an international arts festival; working as South East Regional Executive for Youth Music and for a number of years she was Thanet District Council’s Arts Development Officer, devising and implementing a Thanet Strategy for Regeneration through the Arts. She founded Pie Factory Music in 2001 and is now a Trustee of that organization.
Christina’s work has always encompassed the passionate belief that lives can be changed through art – both for practitioners and observers. As founder of POW! Thanet her wish is to set up a series of celebratory activities for International Womens Day across Thanet which will highlight the wealth of artists and creativity that exist in the area.

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Jan Ryan
Programme Director

Jan Ryan is an established arts manager, practitioner and producer, who has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years. Prior to setting up her own company, UK Arts International in 1992, she worked with a number of organisations, including InterAction, Birmingham Rep, Half Moon Theatre and as co-manager of Women’s Theatre Group.
Through UK Arts, she has represented most of the UK’s foremost theatre and dance companies and presented and produced international and intercultural performing arts productions in the UK and around the world in venues of all scales – from village halls to the West End.  Between 2010 and 2016 she produced Afrovibes, a biennial festival touring UK venues, which introduced a wide range of audiences to the cultural wealth of contemporary South African visual and performing arts.