Canterbury Festival offers a variety of opportunities, providing training and professional development for students seeking to build on their event management skills and get hands on experience, and arts practitioners who are taking their first steps into teaching.

For more information on future opportunities, please contact [email protected]

T.E.C is a two-and-a-half-day course for artists, performers and musicians who would like to learn how to deliver workshops within a community setting.

Artists from the course have gone on to deliver workshops in schools, colleges, community centres and charities in Kent and surrounding areas.

The course covers:

  • Safeguarding
  • Risk Assessments
  • Differentiation
  • Working with Diverse Groups
  • Planning
  • Hands on Learning

After two days of practical training, participants deliver a tailor-made workshop to clients of Catching Lives Homeless Shelter. This course is endorsed by Canterbury Christchurch University

In 2020 40 artists, musicians, and performers participated in our TEC programme and delivered a series of workshops with Catching Lives clients at the Canterbury Open Centre. Through this collaboration over 50 Open Centre users had the opportunity to get hands-on with a wide range of activities including painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, music, baking and more.

There are no T.E.C courses running in 2021 but please contact [email protected] to register an interest for any future courses.

Each year Canterbury Festival work with Canterbury Christ Church University to offer extensive work placement and training opportunities for students studying stage management.

From comedy to circus, cabaret to coffee-concerts, the Festival features up to five events per day. Working in teams of two, students support the stage and site manager learning what it takes to run a show in a Festival venue. The role includes:

  • Site preparation
  • Production get-in and get-out
  • Artist sound check
  • Stage and venue resets
  • Artist liaison
  • Show start procedure
  • Supporting the light and sound team where appropriate

Students are managed by stage and site manager Steve Taylor, who has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including three years as the stage manager for the Theatre Royal in Margate.

Along with this we provide opportunities for students to become Festival stewards and hosts, who are responsible for all things Front of House including ticketing, seating and audience experience.

For more information please contact [email protected]