Phoenix Rising: A Short Film.

Filmed over 3 weeks relive Robert Bradford’s magnificent fire sculptures in preparation for the Herne Bay festival fiery opening.

Thank you Hampergifts!

We would like to say thank you to Hampergifts for their generous donation of a hamper to the festival. The winner of Herne Bay’s Got Talent (Adult Category) could be walking away with a beautiful basket full of delicious treats and goodies!

Hampergifts make luxury food and Christmas hampers, as well as picnic hampers, perfect gifts all year round.

Hameper Gifts

Phoenix Rising. The Music.

Quite a few of you have been telling us how much you enjoyed the music at Phoenix Rising on Saturday 23rd August and would like to know the names of the pieces, so here they are!

The songs were edited and re-arranged by the sound designer especially for the event so they aren’t the same as the originals, but the tracks in the order which they were played are:

1. Amadeus Mozart – Flute Concerto No 1 Adagio

2. Cirque de Soleil – Incantation

3. Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries

4. Carl Orf – Carmina Burana

5. Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings

6. Conchita Wurtz – Rise of the Phoenix

Spill – A Playground of Dance cancelled today (26th Aug) due to wet weather.

Unfortunately Spill – A Playground of Dance, which was taking place at the seafront playground today (Tuesday 26th August) at 2pm, has been cancelled due to the rain. The workshop at 3.15pm may go ahead if there are participants, the 4pm show may go ahead if it stops raining by 2.30pm.

However, we would suggest attending the event tomorrow (Wednesday 27th August) if you can as there is no rain schedule at the moment!

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

We want your feedback!

Got something to say about the festival? We really appreciate your feedback good or bad! Please complete our feedback form on the News page!

Click here: Herne Bay Festival Survey

Make an Origami Bird at home!

Want to be part of the Lantern Parade on Saturday 23rd August, but can’t attend the workshops?

Want to create a whole flock of birds for the Giant Picnic Origami Bird installation on Sunday 31st August? Get started now!

Download instructions to make your very own bird at home. It’s great to learn new things!

Click here: Origami Bird Instructions

Origami Workshops will be run by Beach Creative on Saturday 23rd August, Friday 29th August and at the Giant Picnic on Sunday 31st August. Visit the Events page to find out more.

New delivery partner

Canterbury City Council have appointed Continental Drifts to manage the festival between 2014 – 2016. Continental Drifts are an event management company based in North London. They work on a variety of community festivals and events including GLA Feast of St George, Festival 2012, Lewisham peoples Day, Bermondsey carnival, Enfield autumn show and Elephant and the Nun festival. As well as this they have in house music and street theatre agencies.

Mandy Janes Festival Director says “We are really excited to have been appointed as the event managers of this event and we’re looking forward to working on this wonderful Community festival”.

Festival Friends

If you want to become a friend of the festival and support your local community events please email for details. You will receive a festival friends sticker for your window as well as logos on key event publicity. Click: Festival Friends to meet this year’s brilliant supporters!


Get involved

Would you like to be the official Herne Bay Festival photographer?  We are looking for a lover of local events to help us capture the myriad of activity throughout the festival. Have a look at the Photography Brief for more information.

Are you crazy about social media?  Spend all your time on Facebook and Twitter?  We are looking for a festival volunteer to work with us from now right through to the festival, so if that’s you, contact for more information.

We are on the look out for local talent, workshop leaders, volunteer stewards, local photographers and anyone who might like to get involved and run an event during the festival period. Don’t delay email to get involved.

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