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We’re a community-interest company that gets people involved in cultural projects in Margate and Thanet. These are just a few examples of projects we have been involved in.
The world’s fascinating, but we can all get stale. So join our community of the curious.
We put on events because we’re curious about the world and we believe that events bring communities together.
We’ve run First Fridays most months since November 2009.
Previous First Friday events have included performances, book launches, films, exhibitions, talks, installations and even picnics.
We developed our Story Cubes for GEEK 2015 as a fun way to inspire your creative storytelling and drawing. Illustrator Alfonso Buendia provided the fantastic illustrations for our cubes.
Roll each of the six dice to see what character you become, your best friend, where you go, what happens, an emotion and a random encounter. With these as inspiration it is up to you to come up with the most creative story you can.
Adventures in Comics takes place each year in May at Marine Studios, Margate.
An exhibition of comics, graphic novels and sequential narratives, Adventures in Comics has now become a strong annual event which will get bigger and better every year!
Adventures in Comics was the first event of 2013 and launched on 1 February 2013. There are some amazing ideas currently being explored through the medium of graphic novels and we want to bring some of this excitement to Margate. We showcased work from a number of artists working within comics, graphic novels and sequential art, both local and international, the experienced professionals as well as emerging new talent.
To find out more about Adventures in Comics or to view past issues visit us at www.adventuresincomics.org
As part of the GEEK 2014 festival we created four Arts Council funded residencies. We asked game makers to come and create games inspired by the history, geography and people in Margate.
Each of the teams worked in the studio, contributed to a shared research project then shared their games with over4000 people at the GEEK festival.
Seb Lee-Delisle - Lazer Arcade
Bogdan Spanjevic - GEEK Hunt
Invisible Flock - If you go away
Pheebs&RWig - Tourist Trap
Socially Searching started life as a projection mapping surface and later developed into a social media experiment.
The balloon was launched on Saturday 21st February during GEEK, by following the GPS tracker feed on our website you could keep tracks of its location. Once the balloon had reached a height of 30 kilometers the payload was released and parachuted back down to earth. The location of the payload was broadcast every ten minutes and it was the teams job to use their social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc) to find a connection who could retrieve the contents of the payload and send it back to us at GEEK HQ for prizes.
The balloon ended up crossing the channel and arrived in Brussels.
GEEK was developed as an annual festival in Margate, Kent. Its mix games, play and creative making attracted the attention from elsewhere so we developed a smaller scale travelling “Mini GEEK” show which has travelled to Singapore, Birmingham, Rainham and Rochester.
In each location GEEK is reconfigured to compliment the host venue, for example in Singapore as part of the Science Festival we focused on a playful introduction to coding, while in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester we took inspiration from the displays around us.
We have also developed schools projects, workshops and further commissions.
Pie Days and Holidays was based in Margate, working with artist Sophie Herxheimer.
The project spanned from December 2010 – April 2011 with a series of workshops collecting the food stories of Margate. The workshops were held off site at community halls, cafes, the library, the local allotment and farmers market to name a few!
The stories were then published in a limited edition book and used to illustrate Margate seafront with 45m of printed murals. The project culminated in an exhibition of the drawings and a feast with the participants at Marine Studios. The project was followed by BBC Radio 4 for an episode of the Food Programme, broadcast in April 2011.
HKD devised the project was awarded funding from The Arts Council and English Heritage, through MACH. Margate Arts, Culture and Heritage.
During GEEK 2015 we introduced 'Story Sunday' featuring our story started by Ian Livingstone and finished by the audience. The audience was encouraged to contribute to the story by drawing what would happen next. Everything from giant purple monsters to hiding in the Margate clock tower.
We then took these images and turned them into our very on Twine adventure which you can check out on the link above.
GEEK is our annual event of Play and Games. There are digital and analogue activities for casual and dedicated gamers. GEEK invites you to fun and games in the winter months. People have traveled across the country and even across the ocean to attend GEEK.
GEEK has something for everyone, whether they want to play and compete, relax and try out something new, learn new skills or get an idea of their dream job using games and technology.
To find out more about GEEK visit us at www.geek-play.com
The fun and games are not confined to GEEK alone. We work with venues across Margate hosting events throughout the duration of the GEEK festival from live performances to interactive theatre and gaming.
Recent GEEK fringe events included:
• The Van Dyck Vanishments - www.endlesshorizonsltd.com
• Blister Cinema - www.geneticmoo.com
• #IDMargate - www.inabundance.co.uk
• Space Interrupted - www.limboarts.co.uk
• This is The Moon, That is the Earth (we are here, we are here) - www.gameshow.org.uk
• The Art of The Magic Lantern - www.artofthemagiclantern.co.uk
• Mars One Extended - www.marsoneextended.com