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Brand new digital festival Electric Medway is taking place right now online and across Medway.  The festival runs from 28th August to 6th September and is totally free and with content for all ages.

The festival is the first of its kind in the area and is produced by Sparked Echo and devised in partnership with Medway Youth Service, Medway’s 2025 UK City of Culture bid and Medway Council. It’s been funded by Medway Council and Arts Council England.

It has been great to meet so many creatives across the area developing new ways to reach different audiences for their work online and through digital platforms.

Why now?

The event is a stellar showcase of the innovation, ambition and creativity that sits at the heart of our Medway 2025 City of Culture bid. With around a year to go until we submit our bid to be the next UK City of Culture, following Coventry next year in 2021, it’s a perfect time to platform what we have to be proud of and what we have to share with the rest of the region and country.

What does the festival look like?

Electric Medway brings together audio-visual artworks, streamed events and interactive workshops for people of all ages, from more than 50 local artists and groups. Unlocked through five virtual zones, the programme will invite participants to take part in works online and offline, including:

  • Medway African and Caribbean Association, Audio Stories – MACA presents a series of 10 audio stories, including those from the Windrush Generation. Released on each festival day, the stories will be weaved into all five virtual zones: Connection, Nature, Play, Dreams and Hope

  • Hannah Whittaker, Sky Above The Scene – a large scale video installation which presents a sky patchwork and allows audiences to listen to the Medway scenes taking place beneath each section of sky

  • Dizzy O’Dare, Sunken Silence – using a geolocated app, Dizzy O’Dare explores how sound and spoken word can enhance and renew your experience of local walks

  • Nick Ashton, MEDWAY: A Game of Cones – a choose your own adventure video in which users will have to guide heroes through The Magical Lands of Medway to defeat numerous enemies, solve riddles and interact with memorable characters

The Young Creatives strand of the festival supports local young people (aged 15-25) looking to develop careers in the creative industries with commissions, experience, and creative mentoring.

A computer generated image of what the Electric Medway exhibition will look like. Screens and artworks hanging on walls illuminated by multicoloured lights.

Where can I find out more?

The majority of the festival will take place online at with a selection of offline installations taking place in locations across Medway.

Visit the website for full programme details or follow @ElectricMedway on social media.

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Don’t forget to post your experiences to social media using the hashtags #ElectricMedway and #Medway2025.

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