Normal? Festival of the Brain

Co-curators of yearly arts & science / brain & wellbeing festival, Folkestone

We are delighted to announce that Normal? Festival of the Brain is BACK in 2020. 30th April – 3rd May…


We are proud to work along side Folkestone Quarterhouse and Folkestone Fringe to bring this festival to Kent. So far there have been 4 festivals, each held at the Quarterhouse in May 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.


Normal? Festival of the Brain brings science and art together over four days to explore the brain. Exhibitions, workshops, gigs, discussions and performances spark debate and give a helping hand to all of us to share our stories and come together in the sharing of other peoples.


Each year we build on the arts/science and dementia representation – always making sure the voices of people with lived experience are present, front and centre.


In 2020’s festival we will be exploring around the concept ‘the growing versus the knowing’ brain. This isn’t about not learning, or that knowledge isn’t important, but that sometimes we can hold on to thinking we ‘need to know’, and that can stop us from connecting to each other, growing towards each other, and learning to ‘know’ in a new way.


As we move into a future where so many processes will be operated by machines, we might also explore our human qualities that perhaps can’t be emulated. The hidden within our brains and our beings.


And connected to this we might be exploring touch, and hysteria in connection to the overall theme…


Come and join us – Creative Folkestone, Folkestone Fringe & Living Words – at our community meetings to become part of Normal? Festival of the Brain 2020. Let us know what you think – and feel…  First meeting Oct 2nd 6pm, Quarterhouse bar ‘The Clearing’


This idea has been inspired by the world we are all living in right now, local conversations, and by Living Words’ new partners East Side Institute, in New York and it’s founder Lois Holzman’s book ‘The Overweight Brain’.


The festival has been supported by Arts Council England; Wellcome Trust; RDHCT; KCC; Shepway District Council; Folkestone Town Council; and the Big Lottery. We are currently looking for funding for 2020’s festival. Let us know if you can help.


Watch our videos from 2015 -2017 below, or CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR LATEST FILM BY CLARE UNSWORTH.

Normal? Festival of the Brain 2018 Brochure_Page_1

Normal? Festival of the Brain 2017

Normal? Festival of the Brain 2016

Normal? Festival of the Brain 2015

Our Beach Brain film!


About us

Arts and literature charity working with people experiencing dementia and isolated people.

Call us: +44 (0)7967 502 506
Call us: +44 (0)7967 502 506