Charivari Day 2016 Celebrates Vintage Seaside

Published on May 24th, 2016

Arts charity Strange Cargo have launched an appeal to help fund Folkestone’s annual Charivari Day, which this year will take place on Saturday 9 July. Charivari Day is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016 and is now well-established as one of Folkestone’s great free events, with its hundreds of colourful costumes and street bands combining in a procession from the  Stade in Folkestone Harbour to the bandstand on the Leas Promenade.

This year’s theme is Vintage Seaside and the costumes will all reflect this, from traditional “End of the Pier”, seashore icons and seaside characters to Mods and Rockers of the 60s. Strange Cargo is also linking with Kent County Council’s “Inspire – Ways to Rio Olympic Legacy” programme, and the Creative Foundation is helping to support the development of the carnival themed sections of the procession.

RDHCT made a grant of £5000 towards the costs of staging this year’s Charivari event, as part of its support for arts events, via the Festivals Fund administered by The Creative Foundation. If you would like to help support Strange Cargo with Charivari, there is a link to the  crowd-funding page here: Charivari Funding

Other recent grants made by RDHCT via the Festivals Fund have included £4800 towards the Festival of the Brain (see Festival of the Brain), £2000 towards Jim Jam Arts’ “Shakespeare in the Park” event and £4800 towards events in connection with International Women’s Day.