POW! Newsletter August 2019


POW! Newsletter August 2019

We’ll keep this one short and sweet as we know August is not about reading long emails! It’s been a celebratory month for POW! as we sat down as a team for the first time to put shape to our 2020 Festival Programme, examining each Expression of Interest carefully.

If you’ve submitted an EOI to us, you can expect to hear from us from September onwards. Heartfelt thanks from us all for sharing such an inspiring crop of ideas.


Margate Pride

The POW! team had a blast taking part in Margate Pride’s huge procession event last Saturday, marching alongside our partners, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. It was also great catching up with our Founder, Christina Clark-McQuaid, who helped carry Tracie Peisley’s wonderful “I can’t keep quiet” banner. Despite the windy weather, 1000’s showed up on the streets of Cliftonville and central Margate to support diversity and equality and celebrate LGBT+ people. Special congratulations to our Performance Curator, Amy Redmond, who is on the organising committee for Margate Pride.


POW! is hiring….

We are looking for an experienced and connected PR / Media specialist for POW! 2020.

You will be able to sniff out and develop news stories about both the festival programme and POW!’s community projects, securing local and national media coverage and making sure that our voice is heard. We have a lot to shout about and we need you to do the shouting!

For more details go to powthanet.com/opportunities

Closing date: Wednesday 4th September.


Coming soon....

Next month we’ll be talking about Making Waves, POW! Director Jan Ryan’s UK Arts International showcase event for emerging performers, as part of Margate Festival, with the launch evening hosted by Brigitte Aphrodite. Whether you’re taking part or not, you may be interested to attend a special Professional Development Day, happening on 14 September, at Margate Adult Education Centre. This event, hosted by Charlotte Jones, Director of ITC (Independent Theatre Council), is for all performance-based creatives and will cover networking, contracting and everything you need to know to get your show on the road. For information contact the Making Waves team here makingwavesthanet.co.uk


Image by Peter Campbell-Saunders

Look out for....

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Songbirds programme which we’re supporting at The Gulbenkian in Canterbury, which features exciting female singers and musicians from across the globe. Starting in October. Tickets are already selling fast. For more information see here

Whether you’re off on holiday or hitting the local beaches, we wish you a splendid rest of the summer holiday period. We will be back with more news in September.


The POW! Team