Full steam ahead in Ashford for Create Platform 2018

Contributed by editor on Jul 11, 2018 - 03:00 PM


Ashford Borough's Create Platform is back for its second year with an eclectic line up for 2018.

This year, the week-long programme of events, which lead up to the main Create Festival in Victoria Park, will see entertainment from a variety of exciting and interesting local acts, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Running from 14th-22nd July, one of the main attractions this year will be a performance by the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. The legendary actor – best known for his roles in Red Dwarf, Coronation Street and Robot Wars – will be playing an assortment of classic funk and soul gems on Wednesday 18th July in Revelation Ashford; a unique and awe-inspiring church venue in the heart of the town.

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As well as live music, the varied family-friendly programme of delights includes creative poetry reading from Luke Wright (billed as one of the “funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation” by The Independent); nostalgic storytelling at The Vine Inn Tenterden, a lively darts-themed performance by Rex The King and Bandstand Bites - a series of entertaining mini street theatre festivals each lunchtime around the Bandstand.


Those who are keen for the launch of the Snowdog arts trail this Autumn will be given a taster from the ever-popular Mr. Doodle, who will be creating some live artwork to use as part of the ‘Ashford Discovers Snowdogs’ trail – the first official teaser for the event coming to the town in September.


Local creatives are also catered for, with two fantastic workshops on offer – the Create Artist Network; a free opportunity to network, find out more about Create Platform and hear from a range of inspirational creatives working in and around Ashford, and the Kent Digital meet up; another great opportunity to network, exchange ideas and talk about the future of Ashford’s creative vision, as well as being a perfect excuse to sample the fine beer and pizza on offer at the newly opened Taproom on Bank Street!


On a slightly more humbling note, there will also be a great opportunity to see some of the amazing work carried out by the mothers from Syria in Ashford. Along with award-winning textile artist Anna Ray, residents will be able to see the work made by the women since the project began and join the discussion about what makes a place a home.

Free Create Festival

All of these wonderful acts are a fantastic warm up to the main event, Create Festival – one of the biggest free music festivals in the South East - which will be held in Victoria Park on July 21st.

Details, times and prices of all of Create Platform’s events can be found on the Create webpage at

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