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Canterbury Festival's second week features drag acts, music, magic and kids' shows

From world class musicians, to kids' shows and dance classes to festival vibes, there's something arty for everyone at the Canterbury Festival, which is reaching its second weekend.

The extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events, science and more kicked off at the weekend with a parade through the city streets, as venues and cultural hubs opened their doors to art.

There was excitement at the start of the Canterbury Festival as children took part in the parade. Pictured: Anna Watson and Charlotte Bailey from St Stephen's Infant School
There was excitement at the start of the Canterbury Festival as children took part in the parade. Pictured: Anna Watson and Charlotte Bailey from St Stephen's Infant School

Teetering in to the Spiegeltent on Friday, October 25 in their platform heels will be divine drag act, Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo. Dubbed the ‘Ebony and Ivory of drag’ by the Australian press, Olivier winning star of La Clique & La Soirée, Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the alternative drag scene, Jonny Woo, bring some hilarious hijinks as they pay tribute to musicals from Gypsy to Grease and Annie to Lion King – no show is safe.

Leading lights in the UK country scene, sisters Ward Thomas are sharp-eyed songwriters who have long looked outwards for inspiration, with Restless Minds, the follow-up to 2016’s chart-topping Cartwheels. They play the Marlowe Theatre on Friday, October 25.

Le Gateau and Jonny Woo will be at the Canterbury Festival
Le Gateau and Jonny Woo will be at the Canterbury Festival

Following on from the pair on Saturday, October 26, will be singer Jack Savoretti, who will be kicking off his autumn tour at the Marlowe Theatre, and celebrating his No.1 album, Singing to Strangers, at a sold-out show at the Marlowe Theatre on Saturday, October 26.

Canterbury Cathedral is the venue for The Keys of Canterbury, featuring the Frisian Symphonic Wind Orchestra with saxophonist Jess Gillam on Saturday, October 26.

The world premiere of The Keys of Canterbury, a Canterbury Festival commission by John Harle, will be performed by saxophonist Jess Gillam
The world premiere of The Keys of Canterbury, a Canterbury Festival commission by John Harle, will be performed by saxophonist Jess Gillam

Channel the spirit of Carmen Miranda and Don Ameche for an afternoon of Latin classics on Monday, October 28.

Give your kiddies a chance to dance off their excess half term energy at Baby Loves Disco. After a sell-out event last year, this much-loved event is back in the riverside Spiegeltent.Fun for both kids and adults, it’s the perfect place to boogie on Sunday, October 27.

Kent’s bands will also be battling for this year’s Track Record prize which includes studio recording time and feedback from industry professionals on Sunday, October 27. And this year’s dance finalists present three new pieces on Wednesday, October 30, with performances by Cascade Dance, Stephanie O Daniels and Instep Dance - expect some electrifying choreography.

DETAILS

The Canterbury Festival will be on at venues across the city until Saturday, November 2. To see the full programme and book tickets go to canterburyfestival.co.uk

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