Arts and dance

Medway Council Arts Development Team is based at The Brook Theatre in Chatham and organises a range of exciting and inspiring projects, events and activities throughout Medway for people of all ages.

See all arts and dance event listings or view month-by-month on a calendar.

Our aim is to nurture creative talent and provide inspiring and innovative arts and cultural experiences to enrich the lives of Medway's residents and visitors.
Check out arts events, including forthcoming exhibitions, dance and young people’s activities.

The Arts Development Team also delivers the annual Fuse Medway Festival which transforms Medway's streets and open spaces with free arts events and with people from all walks of life helping to make it happen. The 2013 festival will take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June.


Dance for Life is programmed by the Arts Development Team in line with Medway Council's core values of accessibility, life-long learning and social inclusion.
Dance for Life classes are affordable and accessible, helping you to enjoy yourself and keep fit at the same time. Classes suit all abilities.
A wide range of high quality dance classes, events, performance and professional development opportunities add to the dance ecology of Medway.


Throughout the year there are opportunities to enjoy a variety of performances organised by and in partnership with Medway Council Arts Team.
You can enjoy charming open-air Shakespeare productions with a picnic under the stars or a range of madcap and fun children's theatre shows, tailor-made for younger audiences by companies such as Dizzy O'Dare Presents with their Kid's Cabaret of Curiosities.

Our special projects for young people and term time workshops often conclude with performances of 'home-grown' shows which are open to the general public. And audiences can enjoy more challenging, thought-provoking performances in unusual places, such as specially commissioned performances by local artists and companies or internationally acclaimed performances as part of the Fuse Medway Festival.

Young people

The Arts Development Team provides a range of exciting and creative workshops for under 25s, including holiday workshops, term time classes and free drop-in family activities at festivals and events throughout the year.

The workshops happen at The Brook Theatre and other venues across Medway including libraries, village halls, community centres, country parks and heritage sites.

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