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Festival for all ages

Festival for all ages

Book your tickets for bOing!

bOing! is free to enter and there are many free outdoor performances to enjoy. Tickets for indoor events will go on sale on Mon 1 April. – maximum ticket price is only £6.

All Events

Playgound: The Big bOing! Discussion

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This year, the Playground team have been running workshops in libraries across Kent and Medway, immersing very young children in creativity and recording the impact on them and their families.…

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Active@bOing! with Kent Sport

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Our friends at Kent Sport are offering some brilliant free activities at bOing! on Saturday 24 August. No pre-booking, just turn up. 10.15am Drums Alive with Jeni Ages 8 to…

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Motionhouse (UK)

WILD

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WILD, the daring new outdoor production from Motionhouse, explores our disconnect with the natural environment, and how, in a world where the majority of humans live in large urban areas,…

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Nyash Company (Belgium)

Stoel

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Compagnie Nyash take the game of musical chairs to whole new level in this spellbinding show!  Chairs create a mischievous playground full of monsters, vehicles, toys and an obstacle course…

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Oily Cart (UK)

Jamboree

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It’s time to make some noise! Jamboree is Oily Cart’s vibrant gig-performance for children and young people with complex needs (ages 3-25), and their friends and families. Let our Balkan…

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Love Music (UK)

This Family Got Soul!

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A chance to sing your heart out with your family! Learn classics by Northern Soul, R&B and Motown artists including Sister Sledge, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley. Expect…

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La Maquiné (Spain)

The Forest of Grimm

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The Forest of Grimm is a visual and musical show inspired by the fairy tales of the brothers Grimm: Tom Thumb, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty,…

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Dybwikdans (Norway)

Lulla

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Lulla presents a world of song, movement and music, and shows us lullabies in new and traditional forms. Lulla is a musical encounter that is open to participation from children…

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Architects of Air (UK)

Daedalum Luminarium

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Limited number of advance time slot tickets left available.  Once these have sold out, entry tickets will be available to purchase on the day only. Daedalum is a brand new…

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Tessa Bide Productions (UK)

Anarchist’s Mobile Library

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The Anarchist’s Mobile Library will take you on a journey through the pages of the most exciting children’s books from throughout history, meeting extraordinary characters and going on an adventure…

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The University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences (UK) 

Astrodome

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Take a look into the night sky and get up close to discover more about the objects that you can see in outer space. Our 30 minute presenter led shows…

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Moon Landing – VR Experience

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Experience one of Animate Art’s amazing paper installations in 360 degrees! This short film viewed on headsets will transport you through outer space and land you on to a paper…

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Animate Arts (UK)

Planet Canterbury: The Big Build

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Animate Arts is attempting their biggest build at bOing! yet! Over the weekend, with your help, they will build a model city of Canterbury entirely out of paper and card.…

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Aoi and Esteban

Physical Theatre Workshop

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Join dancers Aoi and Esteban on a fun workshop for all ages. Get your bodies stretching and moving and find new ways of self expression.

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Peter Morton

Puppetry Workshop

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Make a puppet in this fun hands-on workshop. Cut, stick and paint your way to creating a “table-top” puppet that is yours to imagine into anything you want it to…

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Animation workshop

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Animation workshop will be back at bOing! Back again at bOing! Try your hand at animating with this fun, quick and easy workshop.  

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The University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences (UK)

Crime Scene

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Have you ever wanted to be a real Crime Scene Investigator? Come and have a go in our reconstructed crime scene! You’ll have the opportunity to dress up in the…

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The University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences (UK) 

Cool Science

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This 45 minute interactive Liquid Nitrogen show explores how the extreme cold affects the properties of gases, liquids and solid materials, including living things. This activity is suitable for everyone…

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Joss Arnott Dance

Pulse

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Joss Arnott Dance present PULSE!, a brand-new dance and live music experience created for the streets. Performed entirely around a uniquely designed, 3.5m high percussion wheel, this adrenaline-fuelled dance and…

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Global Sounds Stage

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Music for Change have created a brilliant line up for our Global Sounds stage, with music, workshops and storytelling. All free, and perfect for a sunny, summer afternoon. Global Stage…

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UOK Arts and Culture

Playground Tent

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Drop in to the Playground Tent for songs and rhymes, drama, music, dance and art especially for children under 5 (and for their grown-ups too!). The sessions will be drop…

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Daisy Farris & Nicola Flower (UK)

Summer Island

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In a beautiful small tent be part of an audience following the delightful puppets, Grandma and her Granddaughter as they spend time together on their Summer Island. This magical interactive…

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Half a String (UK)

Bee

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Follow an 8ft giant as he tries to save all the bees, especially the big bee that seems to keep alluding him. Keep your eye out for this friendly chase…

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AΦE

0AR

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Enter 0AR, an immersive Augmented Reality (AR) experience for all ages. AΦE (choreographers Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi) work at the cutting edge of technology, creating a collection of short…

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Moving Memory

Love Grows

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In the garden, every seed is nurtured, every plant is cherished. In the Moving Memory garden, the generations are nurturing, cherishing and helping each other to grow. In our dome-shaped…

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Superhallo (The Netherlands)

The Remix, Hurray!

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The Remix, Hurray! is a fascinating and titillating installation. This colorful building turns into an original feast factory for you to explore. By operating the installation yourself, you create a…

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Acá Clowns

The Acá Clowns are Clowning Around!

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The two delightful clowns Doa and Squiggle will be out and about causing mischief and getting up to silly antics all weekend. They would love if you say hello to…

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Gulbenkian

Youth Dance Company

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Don’t miss a performance by Gulbenkian’s Youth Dance Company who will present a short piece they have created with Motionhouse during a 3-day residency – inspired by WILD and using…

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Whitstable Dance Company

Glitch (now cancelled)

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We are sorry that this event has now been cancelled. Whitstable Dance Company is a group of older adults that dance in Whitstable, Kent. It is directed by Marie Forbes…

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Gulbenkian Youth Theatre

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As usual, our own talented Youth Theatre groups are planning surprise, pop up theatre performances around the site. Keep your eyes peeled….

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Eric MacLennan

Open Air Drawing Room

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Inspired by JMW Turner. A story that delightfully mixes historical biography with the fast contemporary world we now occupy. An invitation to slowdown. Paint a stone – for Turner –…

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Accessible Film Club: The Lion King

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Lions rule the African savannah in Disney’s live action remake, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba and Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala. This is an Accessible…

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The Lion King

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Lions rule the African savannah in Disney’s live action remake, which welcomes Donald Glover as future king Simba and Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala. Get a free adult…

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Mary Poppins Returns Sing-Along

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Join us for a special Sing-Along screening of this joyful, wonderful and practically perfect in every way musical. In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s…

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