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Arts for young people

Current projects delivered or supported by Medway Council Arts Development Team

Click on the links below to find out more about the projects, our partners, and how to get involved in workshops and events.


Now in it’s second year Splat! provides a mixture of free and affordable family fun including craft workshops, children’s shows and roaming performers. Splat! returns for 2018 on Monday, 7 May, taking over Rochester Castle Moat from 11am – 4pm during the Sweeps Festival.


Cabbage Island – Icon Theatre

A community project exploring the local history of the Luton area, including research workshops, an exhibition sharing facts, findings and fascinating stories, and a history trail around the area.


Confluence: Plant, Grow, Nurture – Wordsmithery 

A year-long literature project to enthuse and infuse Medway with words including creative writing workshops, open mic and spoken word events, zine-making workshops and a writer development programme.


Paint The Town Festival – Lyrici Arts  

A festival of theatre and arts in local venues and hidden spaces across Medway, produced by Lyrici Arts in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre as part of the Collaborative Touring Network.  Paint The Town is back for Season Four in Spring 2018.


70,273 – Lucy Horner

Part of a global project which aims to gather 70,273 blocks of white fabric, marked with two red crosses to commemorate the number of physically and mentally disabled people who were murdered during the holocaust. The blocks will be stitched into blankets and displayed inside Rochester Cathedral from Friday, 19 January to Monday, 12 March 2018.


Black History Live – Medway African and Caribbean Association

A project exploring the history of African and Caribbean people across Medway and Kent in the 19th and 20th Century, in partnership with Chatham Historic Dockyard.  Uncovering fascinating stories which will be shared through theatre performances, a documentary, an exhibition and an online learning resource.


Term-time workshops at The Brook Theatre

Term time classes are managed by Play on Words Theatre Company. For payments and booking email info@playonwordstheatre.com

Festivals and other local events

We can often be found offering fun, free, drop-in workshops for families at major Medway events. These extremely popular activities usually take place in tents or outdoors and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. 
We regularly appear at the Medway Mile, Will Adams Festival, Capstone Festival and English Festival. 

Special projects

Throughout the year there are always several opportunities for young people, families or the wider community to get involved in exciting special projects. These projects are almost always free to join as the result of successful funding applications or valuable partnerships with other organisations.