Saturday 1st July

SMUGGLING AND SHIPWRECK                                

11.00am St Saviour’s Church, The Strand, Walmer

Natasha Greenham and Lord Gawain Douglas together with Singing for Pleasure take us on an interactive journey.    Through song and poetry this will tell stories of the the lives of local people who were swept up in a harsh and dangerous life through living in Deal, engaging in the trades that the town offered.  These ranged from smuggling and fishing to lifeboat rescue from the perilous Goodwin Sands.


Free Admission with retiring collection in aid of DFMA

CELEBRATING HAROLD CHAPMAN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY                            


6.30pm Linden Hall Studio, St George’s Road, Deal

Harold Chapman, who was born in Deal and still lives in the town, was resident photographer for Deal Festival for many years.  We invite you to a Festival Private View celebrating a lifetime of Harold’s photography which includes images from his celebrated Beat Hotel series.


Ticket Price: £5.00 including a glass of wine


Harold Chapman was born in Deal in 1927. As a child, his father introduced him to the magic of photography. Harold was self-taught and started his career photographing jazz in Soho. A chance meeting with John Deakin, the Vogue photographer, changed his life. He went to Paris and started walking the streets and became a street photographer and was soon working for The New York Times.


Harold freelanced covering fashion shows for American newspapers including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. He illustrated books for Flammarion, Thames & Hudson, Dent, The New York Times, and freelanced for medical magazines such as Medical World News of New York.


Harold did picture research for a series of social history books in the 1970s, including Victorian Life in Photographs, Yesterday, and The Home Front with Arthur Marwick, who was Professor of History at the Open University.


In 1973, Harold helped to found Connaissance du Pays d’Oc, a regional magazine in the South of France. By chance in the flea market in Montpellier, he met a young publisher who went on to publish The Beat Hotel in 1984. This book became a collector’s item and a second hand copy was sold in Sotheby’s, New York for $2,250 in 1999.


Returning to Deal in 1993, Harold photographed World War Two remains in the area around Deal.

In 1997 the Institut Francais d’Afrique du Sud and the British Council joined together to produce a reconstruction of the Beat Hotel in an abandoned factory in Johannesburg. Harold’s photographs travelled from there to Cape Town where the entire exhibition was bought by The OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art in Duesseldorf, which began a new chapter about Paris and the Beats and another book, called Beats a Paris.


In 2003, OMC Gallery lent Arts Lab creator, Jim Haynes, an exhibition of Beat Hotel photographs. Jim had Sunday dinners, cooked by volunteers, for artists, writers and poets in his studio in Paris.

In 2010 Proud Chelsea showed photos from the Beat Hotel in a major exhibition organised by the picture library, TopFoto.


A film called The Beat Hotel directed by Alan Govenar of Documentary Arts was released in 2012.

A new chapter of travelling exhibitions, retrospectives on the Beats and their literary and artistic movement, means that Harold’s work has for several years been shown in New York, Karlsruhe, Metz and Paris, including at the Centre Pompidou in 2016.


Harold is still working at the age of 90, currently on Les Halles market in Paris from his extensive archive.


COURTNEY PINE                                

with ZOE RAHMAN (piano)


7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal

Saxophonist Courtney Pine embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past thirty years.  The ground breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience – we proudly welcome this Jazz Legend to the Deal Festival   In this  special and intimate evening of jazz Courtney Pine is accompanied  by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman.  Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”,  Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the jazz scene.


COURTNEY PINE PRESENTS SONG (the ballad book) featuring ZOE RAHMAN

The Independent “Courtney Pine was once hailed as British jazz’s saviour….he still is”

The Telegraph “Nothing short of breathtaking”

The Times “In a Class of His Own”


In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted and some 20 plus years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) Courtney Pine continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards. In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S globally televised concert in Osaka to celebrate International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the list of Most Influential Black Britons.


2014/2015 saw him touring sell out shows across the UK, US and Canada and mainstage performances at Bestival, Love Supreme and The London Jazz Festival with his award winning critically acclaimed 15th studio album House of Legends.


Now with his latest project. his 16th studio album to date, he has stripped everything right back for some of the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by a Pianist. Having recorded the album with Zoe Rahman he continues to tour the show with a fantastic collection of guest pianists.




In 1986 a 22 year old Courtney Pine appeared on the front cover of the NME, the last quote in a two page interview read “You know I’m doing this for a reason” –some 28 years later he still is…


Ticket Prices: Full £20.00 Festival Friends £18.00 Students £10.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

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