Arts Festival Returns to Romney Marsh from 9 July

Published on June 26th, 2015

Following the success of its first festival in July 2014, JAM on the Marsh returns this year with an even stronger line-up.

Running from 9th-19th July, in locations from Dungeness to Hythe, the festival of music and culture includes contributions from outstanding artists, both from Kent and beyond. Last year around 10,000 people attended events, both free and ticketed, many of them held at some of the stunning mediaeval churches of the Romney Marsh.

Curated by world famous composer Paul Mealor, JAM on the Marsh 2015 will feature concerts, a safari opera dinner, theatre, poetry recitals, beach-combing for children, stunning photography and the rare opportunity to have your dreams turned into a piece of art. This year’s festival incudes performances by Sabotage Theatre, the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Canterbury,the Mousai Singers, Onyx Brass, the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College (Cambridge) and recitals from poets Jonty Driver and Gawain Douglas.

An unusual but important aspect of JAM on the Marsh is the opportunity for local artists to ‘bring your own’ event, enabling them to share in and become part of the expereince. Festival Curator Paul Mealor says: “JAM on the Marsh is a festival of high quality arts, packed with outstanding artists and exciting programming, bringing the world’s best culture to this idyllic, beautiful area. JAM on the Marsh brings experiences that would not otherwise happen.”

Following last year’s sell-out performances, horse-drawn theatre company Sabotage return with “Owlers”; a tale of local history, smuggling and folklore that will spellbind and enchant. Owlers is inspired by events in Dover that led to the demise of the infamous Aldington Gang in 1826, written by Ruckinge based Zoe Hinks.

On Friday 10th July, children from across the Marsh will come together via the magnificent Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway for a concert of songs and fun. In this vibrant performance, celebrating the culmination of year 2 of the Singing Playgrounds in-school activity, the children will also give the first performance of a new work, written for them by Timothy Jackson, accompanied by “the UK’s classiest brass quintet” (BBC Music Magazine), Onyx Brass.

Throughout JAM on the Marsh, there will be a Festival Bus Service (suuported by a grant from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust) to most events. For just £1 return, the bus service will ferry people to and from the various venues, starting from Folkestone, with stops along the coast road to New Romney, before heading to the specific venue. Seats on this service must be booked in advance: the service can be accessed online once event tickets have been booked.

Further details, and how to book, are available by following the link to  Jam on the Marsh