press release

Whitstable Biennale is a festival of performance, film and sound, taking place every two years on the Kent coast. The event has grown out of Whitstable’s extensive artistic community, and has developed an international reputation for showcasing the most exciting up-and-coming artists and filmmakers, and engaging audiences in a rich programme.


“A new pearl among the art-world oysters” The Guardian

We commission artists to create ambitious and experimental new works, and stage live performances, film screenings, talks, digital works, events and workshops, engaging audiences with the most compelling new work from across the UK and beyond.


“Radical live and moving artworks in the most unexpected of places” The Telegraph

The festival re-imagines Whitstable, with multi-disciplinary performances and events woven into the town – into the idiosyncratic halls and huts, the galleries and bars, the alleyways and oyster beds, the working harbour and the steep shingle shoreline.


“Rare and valuable direct access to artists and performers” Frieze

Whitstable Biennale is critically acclaimed, attracting a broad range of features and reviews in the national and international press including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Frieze, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Wire, The Art Newspaper and Art Monthly. An extended feature on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review with Tom Sutcliffe was broadcast on the opening evening of our most recent festival in June 2014.