Free Range is a charity based in Canterbury that presents an award-winning series of experimental music, film and poetry events with a policy of free entry.
Since we began in 2012 we have worked with more than 807 artists to present over 189 events; we've become a registered charity; worked closely with local festivals/universities/record labels/artists' collectives; started our own record label; received a Cultural Pioneer award; presented our own festival; made significant contributions to local festivals; presented live broadcasts on local radio and built an extensive online archive of audio and visual documentation. Most importantly Free Range has helped to create – and has become a hub for – a strong regional community of artists, audience members, institutions and organisations that care about experimental culture.
Listening to rich, complex stuff like improvised music or modern poetry is an active, creative process of finding and making meaning whilst remaining present and alert to a dense flow of ambiguities and associations. It is demanding, or it should be demanding. It required openness, patience, generosity, deftness, imagination and discrimination. Such listening is important work: it keeps us awake, keeps our habits of perception pliable and helps us to engage with the world afresh.
Free Range presents genuinely independent cultural events with playfulness, provocation and purpose.
Our events happen at 19:30 (doors open at 18:30) every Thursday from September to December 2019. All events take now place at St Gregory's Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, CT1 1ND – see what's on for details. Unless stated all events are free entry.
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Free Range is a registered arts charity and is made possible by the hard work of our team of volunteers, and by your donations. Without donations we can't pay our artists and musicians. Please consider donating or, even better, setting up a Direct Debit to help keep us going. A Direct Debit helps us plan for the future.