Gravesend to be celebrated as part of new arts festival

PUBLISHED: 10:41 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:42 22 August 2016

Estuary Festival - Gravesend 2016

Estuary Festival - Gravesend 2016

Copyright © Gary Weston

Part of Estuary Festival 2016 will take place along the Gravesend stretch of the Thames

In a month’s time, Gravesend will be a part of the new arts festival, Estuary, which takes place over 16 days.

The inaugural edition of the festival, which is presented by Metal takes place from September 17 to October 2.

Gravesend will be hosting the Lightship LV21 (Light Vessel 21) for the duration of the festival.

A mix of art, workshops, music, and film will be presented on board the ship which will be moored at St Andrew’s Quay everyday.

Lead member for tourism and youth, councillor Jordan meade, said: “The festival is going to be great for everyone interested in art, music, and literature in Gravesend.

“Thanks to being situated right on the riverside we are fortunate and delighted to be able to get involved with Estuary 2016.”

LV21 was built in 1963 and is the last of the Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House.

The ship saw most of its service on the Kent coast and was retired from service in 2008, and since 2009 has been undergoing renovation to become a floating cultural facility designed to host, exhibit, perform, and screen pieces of art work.

You can find more information about the 2016 Estuary Festival, and information about how to volunteer to work, on

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