Based moments from the harbour, on Tontine Street, Quarterhouse is a beacon for arts programming in East Kent that supports the regeneration of Folkestone. Opened by the Creative Foundation in 2009, Folkestone Quarterhouse is an architecturally award winning venue which provides a space at the heart of the Creative Quarter for artists and audiences to join together; with a programme that develops artists in the region, adding to the reputation of Folkestone, that brings people to the town and makes Folkestone a more enjoyable place to live. Whether it be a comedy sketch, theatrical performance, music gig, family theatre production, film or an inspiring talk, this creative hub aspires to become a venue where you can experience, enjoy and take part in a diverse high quality arts programme.
The Creative Foundation is an independent arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. This will transform the town making a better place to live, work, visit and study. Its remit is to manage a major project in the historic heart of the seaside town that will restore the area’s vitality by encouraging creative enterprise.
The organisation has acquired over eighty buildings in the old town, designated a Creative Quarter, and has recruited a range of creative businesses and artists as tenants. The Creative Foundation has commissioned and operates a performing arts centre Quarterhouse – which hosts many of the festivals and arts events that are organised year-round by the Creative Foundation and its partners. The Folkestone Triennial and the Folkestone Book Festival are key elements of the Creative Foundation’s arts programme.
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