A message from Normal? Festival of the Brain organisers:


We expect you know what we are going to say… It is with sadness that we must tell you that Normal? Festival of the Brain is being postponed. It will be happening, we just don’t know when – yet.

Our festival is all about bringing people from across our wonderful Folkestone community together, to explore, question and connect around the festival themes. This year the themes are The Growing versus Knowing Brain, Power/Hysteria, and Touch. Apt themes, I am sure you will agree. Themes that we feel will continue to be relevant in the months ahead. The festival also runs writing workshops in the run up to the festival and we had just begun Stacy Makishi’s project Church of the Latter Day Sinners. These are also affected. We want our festival community, including the national and international artists and speakers, to be kept safe and to be able to fully engage with all elements free from worry – from group meals to debates to dance workshops to installations, to theatre. We trust this will be possible very soon.

We are keeping the new podcast strand of the festival going, and we will be making call-outs about these once we have worked out the logistics. As time passes, we will ask what is needed in our town – and, with our partners, we will be collaborating on extending our podcasts and online materials.  In the meantime, the mental health of all of us is a priority. Let’s stay connected online and express ourselves where we can.

We want to thank everyone who is part of the festival, all the participants, artists, audience and speakers.

With love from us, for now


Susanna, Cheryl and Diane