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Arrival of Boat “Collective Spirit” in Folkestone Harbour


On Tuesday 10th, July at 4.30 pm a thirty foot sailing boat, named Collective Spirit, will arrive at Folkestone Harbour, stopping off for the afternoon on its maiden voyage from Emsworth in Hampshire to Margate. Commissioned by the Arts Council and constructed as part of the Cultural Olympiad by professional boat builders including Olympic medallist Mark Covell under the supervision of arts company, Lone Twin, the boat has been hand crafted from wooden artefacts donated by the general public in the South East. Each piece of wood has a story behind it, all of which have been meticulously catalogued, creating a living archive of people’s lives and stories. Donations have included family heirlooms, part of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, relics of the Second World War and a piece of Brighton’s West Pier 

The arrival of the boat is Folkestone’s chance to be part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad which, complementing the Olympic Games, embraces hundreds of events taking place throughout the country. To welcome the boat, our community will be working together to dress the Harbour with bunting, flags and other decorations, which will remain throughout the summer.  Other events planned include a free taster session for canoeing and kayaking at the newly opened Folkestone sea sports facilities and an artist’s talk in the Creative Quarter during the evening.

If you would like to get involved in the project either on the day itself or, in advance, by making flags and bunting, teaching others to do so or any other way – practical ideas are welcome – then please contact us at More details are below and can be found out at  Donations of cloth for bunting and banners or paper to be used to make thousands of tiny origami boats can be left at Googies Café, Rendezvous street or The History Resource Centre above Folkestone Library on Grace Hill,

This Folkestone Sea Sports event is being organised in conjunction with the Folkestone Fringe, Shepway District Council, the Folkestone Sea Sports Group and the Folkestone Harbour Company. It is one of the Olympic celebrations in the town, which also include the Mini Olympics on Thursday 12th July and the passage of the Olympic Torch through the town on Wednesday 18th July.

Make Banners & Bunting – until Sunday 1 July – Drop into 3-7 Tontine Street
Open Tues/Weds/Thurs 6-9pm & Sat/Sun 1-5pm

Float My Boat Family Workshop Saturday 30 June, 11am – 1pm, free
Come along and make a mimi boat.Competition for floabiltiy and desgin at 1pm, prizes available!!

Free Kayaking Taster Session
9 & 10 July, 4.30 – 7pm
Email to reserve places for free taster sessions from Little Sands in the Outer Harbour.

Meet the Guys that Made the Boat
– Tuesday 10th July 7 – 8pm
Book your free tickets on 01303 858500 at The Quaterhouse on Tontine Street, All Bring your granny, miom, children – all welcome!

The event is being organised in conjunction with the Folkestone Harbour Company, Shepway District Council and the Folkestone Fringe. It is also being supported by East Folkestone Together, Folkestone Town Council and the Creative Foundation.