26 June - 12 July 2015



The Deal Festival has a long history of educational outreach work, and has encouraged and inspired people across East Kent to engage with the arts. Our programme is managed by our new Education Director, Laura Callaghan Grooms of Hand on Heart Arts. The educational outreach programme aims to reach all members of the Deal community and it’s surrounding areas across East Kent, through a broad programme of arts-based activity, for people of all ages, abilities and interests.

For questions relating to the education programme, please contact Laura Callaghan Grooms on laura@handonheartarts.com


A core Deal Festival education project,taking inspiration from the local Brass Band tradition of the ex mining areas in East Kent. Working with Soundhub and initially five primary schools (St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Aylesham, Aylesham Primary School, Sandown in North Deal, Warden House, and Whitfield Primary).  Soundhub will be providing weeklywhole-class guidance with local brass musiciansand then the young players will work in creative music sessions with some of the most prestigious brass players in the country. Each participanthave been given pbones and ptrumpets which they can take home to practise on. 

BOLD AS SPRING CONCERT: Thursday 26th March 2015 at Dover Town Hall

BOLD AS 'DEAL FESTIVAL 2015' CONCERT: Monday 29th June 2015 at Nye Hall, Duke of Yorks School. 

The Heritage of the Jazz and Blues

This project was started successfully in 2014 and was inspired by the Heritage Blues Orchestra from America who appeared in the Festival 2014. Workshops were held and a Blues Cafe is still running until beginning of December: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blues-cafe-deal-festival-tickets-11220148767

We wish to develop the project to include Secondary Schools Workshops, Resource Pack Development (these were well received in 2014 and could be enhanced). CPD and a Big Band Day with Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.  A continuation of the Community Programme from 2014 which would include 3 x Instrumental introductions to various instruments, Masterclasses and public lectures. This work is currently pending funding.

Nicholas McCarthy, the one handed pianist, will be performing at the Deal Festival 2015. Nicholas wil deliver workshops and talks to local schools, including a pre-concert talk. Details tbc. This work is currently pending funding. 

Musician in Residence 

Maksim Stsura will be pianist in residence and he will visit schools for live music workshops and it maybe that we hold a schools concert during a weekday. Details tbc. This work is currently pending funding.

Sea Songs 

A primary school project, led by Joy Spencer, in partnership with the White Cliffs Symphonic. Details to follow. This work is currently pending funding.


SEAS Project – Sounding Art

SEAS is a self funding and voluntary organisation which promotes, supports and provides a network of visual artists, sculpture, conception art etc. There is no gallery in Deal so it runs alongside DFMA with Open Studios.We will work alongside them – Festival will include a concert with Maria Immaculata Setiadi of Messiaen and Debussy with an artist and dancers from Trinity Laban. 

Education with include musician and SEAS artist visiting primary schools for one-day course to create new artworks using music as a stimulus. Show self-expression, reflection and understanding of different art forms – opportunity to gain Arts Award ‘Discover’ Awards.

Artwork will be chosen for display during the festival. Students will be encouraged to attend live art/music performances.Target audience will be two mainstream primary schools and two special needs – SEN/D / visually impairment / hearing impairment units within mainstream schools.  Details tbc. This work is currently pending funding.


Jasmin Vardimon Company

3 Year strategic partnership

Year 1 – workshops in schools focusing on PARK their touring work and separate dance and music workshops – 2 x half day workshops in secondary schools and a visit to PARK.

Year 2 – Young composers/school leavers/graduates to propose to work with dancers – include Trinity Laban and RNCM as well as young six form composers. Supported through young choreographer programme at JVC or a current JVC working with Trinity graduates. Working directly with school groups or auditioned groups or

mentoring young choreographers and composers.

Year 3 – R&D two week residences culminates with performances during Festival

Details tbc. This work is currently pending funding. 

Trinity Laban Dance Weekend

Deal Festival will work with Trinity Laban on a Youth Dance Weekend, focusing on the development of technique, performance skills, and improvisation within contemporary dance for young dancers aged between 14 and 19 in East Kent. In Spring and Summer terms 2015, Deal Festival are working with Jasmin Vardimon Company to offer four in-school dance workshops. We will use these as recruitment for the Youth Dance Weekend.

The Youth Dance Weekend will run over the first weekend of the Deal Festival 2015, and will run from Friday evening, to Sunday evening. The young dancers will have the opportunity to perform their developed dance pieces as part of the performance slot at the Deal Festival on Sunday 28th June.Primary schools showing interest in dance will be given limited free tickets to attend the dance performance. Details tbc. This work is currently pending funding.


The Changeling Theatre Company

In 2014 we worked with the Changeling Theatre Company in schools and this year we will work with them again– theatre works this year in the Deal Festival will be Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hay Fever.


The integrity of Deal Festival’s education work has encouraged John Wallace who was one of the youngest principals in The Philharmonia Orchestra and recently retired as Principal of the Royal Scottish Conseratoire of Music and Drama to become our Education Ambassador. It has also encouraged Alison Balsom to become our President.

Arts Award Supporter

Deal Festival is a supporter of Arts Awards and is happy to be of assistance to young people who are working towards their Arts Awards. Contact the Education Director for further information.

We offer a range of support, including;

  • 'Meet the artist' sessions
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Discounted tickets to see shows, gigs and concerts