Music, Theatre and Creative Arts events and activities in Medway to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
A large art installation has been created using Mountbatten House, which looms over the Pentagon in Chatham, as part of Medway’s celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Some 250 windows have been tactically coloured purple or blacked out so that when lit up at night the building will display the Queen’s royal cypher and the number 70.
Keep a look out for when the installation is lit up at the beginning of June.
The project is being run by Ammused, and supported by Medway Development Company (Medway Council) and Medway Norse.
Suitable for adults and children aged 7+ (accompanied by an adult).
Venue: Chatham Intra
Date: Thursday, 2 June
Celebrating Medway's female leaders with communities across Medway. Intra Arts in partnership with Live Music Now, are launching a project to create textile banners, ceremonial garments and songs, with Platinum Jubilee Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Join them at the project's launch event for a fun day of music, sewing, making and cake to salute 70 years of Her Majesty's reign and local female leaders. Find out more
Saturday, 28 May 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, Rochester Art Gallery, Visitor Centre, Rochester
Join exhibition artist Jane Furst in the gallery activity space for a special crown making workshop and create your own intricate crown to take home, made from wire, natural and recycled materials and inspired by her beautiful crowns on show. Drop-in activity, stay for a couple of hours or a whole day. All materials provided. Suitable for adults, young people ages 16+ and over 8s accompanied by an adult. Places allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Venue: Chatham Library, Community Hub, Chatham
Date: Saturday, 4 June
Write like Rosemary- create your own poem inspired by the thrilling life and work of influential Gillingham-born poet and writer, Rosemary Tonks. Open to all ages and abilities.
Venue: The murals are on blue hoardings on Jeffrey Street in Gillingham, and next to the Prestige Launderette (opposite the Monarch pub).
Time: Accessible anytime
Date: March 2022- March 2023
Six murals of six fascinating and influential women with a close and personal connection to Gillingham, by local artist Nicole Mollett. The Six Women are Suffragist and peace campaigner, Dame Kathleen Courtney, African princess and friend to Queen Victoria, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, pioneering psychiatrist, Dr Lorna Wing, poet and novelist, Rosemary Desmond Boswell Tonks, inventor and engineer, Verna Holmes, and artist Eileen Tirzah Garwood.
Saturday, 28 May 7.30pm at Central Theatre, Chatham
Enjoy all the pomp and circumstance of the Proms at this concert by the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, featuring works by Verdi, Respighi, Gabrieli and a traditional Proms line-up - Elgar, Walton, Wood and many more. Find out more
Thursday 2-Sunday, 5 June 10am-6pm (5pm Sunday), Chatham Maritime
The Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022.
There will be tasty food from local producers, kids' activities, funfair, watersports, musicians and the highlight will be the Dragonboat Racing on the Sunday. The racing will start from 10.30 am and the final held at 4pm. Medals and trophies will be awarded at the Bandstand in Dock Square at 4.30pm.
The festival is FREE to all.
Friday, 3 June 10am to sunset, Historic Dockyard Chatham
Medway African and Caribbean Association invites you to a celebration of Kings and Queens from across the world. Includes food, drink, live performances, DJs, dance, salsa, African dancing, activities and more.
Friday, 3 June 7.30pm. Rochester Cathedral
Enjoy an evening of music played on our spectacular organ. Acting Director of Music Jeremy Lloyd will be playing a selection of music underneath Luke Jerram’s spectacular Gaia.
The concert will include popular organ music including Handel’s Hornpipe from the Water Music, William Walton’s Crown Imperial and Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March Number 5.
Tuesday, 5 July 2pm, Central Theatre, Chatham
This unforgettable afternoon of patriotic nostalgia is filled with over 60 all-time favourite songs many from the stars of Her Majesty’s Royal Command performances. Travel back to the rocking 1950s and the swinging 1960s, enjoy ever popular show tunes and sing along to a Pearly King & Queen old time knees up. Add to that a rousing selection from Last Night of The Proms, and a flag waving finale in a tribute to the veterans of the armed forces, singing the songs that won the war. Find out more