Motivated to nurture current potential in both artists and cultural entrepreneurs who live and work locally, the English members of our MagiC Carpets team help the coastal town of Folkestone to rediscover itself through art in between the waves of the Folkestone Triennial.
Folkestone Fringe (FF) started in 2007 in response to the inaugural Folkestone Triennial in 2008. Since then, it has been working in a context of accelerated urban change generated by economic and cultural regeneration. It is interested in the role artists can play as representatives of the citizens and focuses on how investment in imagination and humanity promotes a holistic way of working that balances the elements of business, aesthetics, security, convenience, cultural memory, environment, community awareness, diversity and community resilience.
FF works with artists to introduce audiences/people to different ideas about the world around them, and to different ways of seeing it, (because with that comes empathy, insight, openness). It helps people to create experiences (festivals, events, programmes) or objects (exhibitions, interventions) that make people think or feel something. FF is interested in enabling (public) artwork (art, architecture, performance & sound) to be created in a way it connects people emotionally to the place they are in and to each other, resonates locally, and globally, and means something (to the viewer).
It is an organisation that understands how good urban arts practices can bring about positive change and believes in creating conditions (and open-ended situations) for people to share space and experiences. It believes that joint effort can create a situation where decision makers and the people they represent are facing the same way, and that people feel good about, and are connected to, the changes taking place around them. As a result, their aim is to give voice to the marginalised and the unrepresented because this is to the benefit of the whole community in the long run.
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