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13th, 14th & 15th November 2020 - Aiming to lift spirits entertain and inspire

Working in partnership with Kent Creative, the Faversham Eye is delighted to announce the launch of the very first Faversham Autumn Festival, a brand-new small arts and culture event taking place in venues across the town centre over the weekend of 13th to 15th November 2020.

Faversham Autumn Festival aims to offer the best possible events for the benefit of all, connecting the local community, and supporting its talented creative professionals by providing them with a platform after so many months of being unable to shine.

Antony Penrose who will give an illustrated talk about his celebrated mother Lee Miller.

Lifting spirits

As well as breathing much-needed light and life back into the town’s cultural scene after the constraints of lockdown, festival organiser Nathalie Banaigs hopes that Faversham Autumn Festival will lift local residents’ spirits as we head into winter. Many of us have been shielding ourselves or others, or have had to self-isolate. The festival will enable local people to meet up once again in a safe way, bringing the community together at a range of arts and culture events across several genres.

A ‘bijou’ festival

Because of the continuing restrictions due to the global pandemic, the first Faversham Autumn Festival will make a virtue out of necessity by being a ‘bijou’ festival with a small number of events that will aim to be intimate in feel but responsibly managed and socially spaced.

Award-winning folk guitarist Tim Edey will give an evening performance.

Lively programme

The festival will boast a lively programme of music, film, fine art and magic from some of Kent’s most acclaimed artists, speakers and performers. Highlights include an afternoon of Silent Cinema with live piano; an illustrated talk about celebrated American photographer, journalist and model Lee Miller, by her son Antony Penrose; a conversation with Mark Lewisohn, world authority on the Beatles; a curated exhibition of artworks by some of Faversham’s finest artists; a musical evening with multi-award-winning folk guitarist Tim Edey; and more…

Keeping everyone safe

These will be some of the very first live events in the town since lockdown started and the organisers take the safety of everyone involved very seriously. Aware of the need to keep artists, performers, volunteers and audiences safe at all times, government guidelines will be followed meticulously, including social spacing and protective health measures in every venue. In addition, a risk assessment for each event will be made public beforehand so that everyone knows what to expect, and feels safe and cared for.

The Faversham Autumn Festival is on a mission to lift spirits, inspire and, above all, entertain, so prepare yourself for some good autumn cheer in Faversham over the weekend of 13th to 15th November!

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An afternoon of silent films with live piano accompaniment.



If you would like to get involved in the Faversham Autumn Festival 2020, we would love to hear from you.

Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • Leaflet distribution

  • Stewarding events

  • Helping to make each event protected and safe for our audience members

Volunteers will be supported by festival Project Co-ordinator, Emma Dewhurst, and will receive a rather jaunty Faversham Autumn Festival hat!

For more information and to register your interest please email


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