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Yoko Ono joins list of top artists contributing to University of Kent’s arts festival

PUBLISHED: 11:58 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:58 11 March 2016

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The International Festival of Projections starts on March 18

The University of Kent’s International Festival of Projections has added one of the 20th century’s most iconic personas to its artistic line-up.

Cultural icon Yoko Ono will contribute to the new arts festival, based at the university’s Canterbury campus.

More than 100 artists, filmmakers, poets and musicians will fill spaces at the campus, with other activities being held on the Medway campus and in Canterbury city centre.

Running from March 18 to March 20, the festival will also celebrate the university’s 50th anniversary.

A host of interactive art projects will be on display for visitors to take part in, including a fairground test-your-strength machine.

Old-tech is represented too with rare magic lantern machines, Victorian slide shows and early cartoons. There are also workshops where children and adults can learn how to make their own budget projector and then beam their images on to some of the University buildings.

Film, in all its guises, plays a central role in the festival. There will be more than 30 screenings, some in unusual outdoor locations, including a drive in cinema with live music soundtrack by cult Japanese band Night of the Stickmen (of Bo Ningen).

The films range from early silent works by Hitchcock to a horror classic and innovative new pieces by young artists and filmmakers.

The full programme is available at www.kent.ac.uk/projections/

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