The second iteration of the Festival of Looking
Sep 21, 2020


“It is a time to reflect on who we are, where we are, and how we got here and to challenge the ways of living and thinking that we have come to accept as ‘normal’.

Through the Urban Room Folkestone the team of Folkestone Fringe are delighted to announce the second iteration of the Festival of Looking that will take place this time next month. The Festival presents the third-year instalment of the 2020 Magic Carpets projects, plus more developments and presentations of the Fringe’s Lockdown projects MySquare and Antidiary. It also introduces the theme What’s happening, exactly? that will continue to be explored next year, as part of the Fringe curated programme presented during the Folkestone Triennial.


In What’s happening, exactly? we are exploring the state of the town today, from its rich material fabric to its vital but unsettled relationship with water, as well as addressing wider and critical issues occurring around the world such as Isolation and the Black Lives Matter movement. Through a programme of free workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and discussions, we hope to unearth unknown stories of adaptability in the town and create tools which contribute to a hopeful atmosphere of resilience and togetherness. We want to take an active stance to our circumstances, locally and globally, and ask: What’s happening, exactly?

Check out the FULL programme and more here


This project, hosted by Folkestone Fringe, is part of the “Magic Carpets” Platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This project has generously been supported by Arts Council England.

Designed by Studio Oiseau – Fiona Dungay