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Creative Medway - Networks, networking and social events

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Library events

Medway Libraries organise regular events for all ages, including creative workshops, exhibitions, talks and author events. Events are free unless otherwise stated.

Several creative groups meet at library locations. If you are interested in using the library as a meeting place for your own group, please contact your local library.

Regular open mic sessions

Inspirational Nites run by Lisa Vigour showcase a mixture of music, spoken word and poetry, art and dance at various venues throughout Medway and Kent. Open mics run roughly once every couple of months.

Roundabout Nights are a lively monthly open mic night in Chatham, with a mixture of spoken word and occasional music.

Seasonally Effected is a regular open mic night held in Rochester. Seasonally effected provides a space to share ideas and creativity; mixing music, poetry, art, comedy, writing, history, film, photography and any other form of cultural exploration. 

Meeting like-minded people

Spinach, an informal networking event run by Ideas Test meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Sun Pier House in Chatham.  

Writers Rendezvous, an informal quarterly get-together for writers, take place in Rochester. For more details, email Philip Kane at redtengu@btinternet.com

Other. Some magazines list other one-off socialising and networking opportunities, these are listed under Creative Medway Magazines

Medway Organisations List for Everyone (MOLE)

Local groups, clubs and organisations can be found on the MOLE database

Other regular events in Medway

In addition to the larger festivals held in Medway. there are a number of community led events, including 51:Zero° voyager festival, the Duncan Rand one-act play festival run by the Medway Little TheatreHomespun music festival, Love Music Hate Racism, Medway Open StudiosMedway print festival, Medway visions film festivalRochester literature festival and the Wigmore Arts Festival.

Culture and Design Awards

The Culture and Design Awards were created to celebrate excellence in the arts, culture, design and heritage. These awards serve to recognise groups and individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the area’s cultural vitality. They help raise the profile of, and give recognition to the businesses, projects, people and organisations that contribute to the cultural offer in Medway.