SALT + EARTH: Festival of Landscape, Seascape & The Environment

SALT + EARTH: Festival of Landscape, Seascape & The Environment will return from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September 2022.

In a new expanded format, we are delighted to be collaborating with Creative Folkestone and Kent Down’s AONB to present a weekend of artworks, walks, workshops, community gatherings and more.

This September we are inviting more people than ever before to enjoy a weekend of creativity that explores the environment around us, how we can engage with the climate emergency, and consider the communities that live in and around the Kent Downs AONB. 

Selected artists include:

Alison Neighbour
Anne Deeming with Shape Arts
Craig Gell
Dr. Legumes
Fiorino & Ferreira
Judith Anketell
Manuel Vason
Origins Untold
Rubiane Maia
Sara Trillo
Aaron Kopp
SITE
+ so many more!

The artists, creatives and collectives selected will explore everything from geography to geology, sounds to sculptures and so much more. In the coming weeks, we will reveal more information about the festival and how you can get involved. 

SALT Festival began in 2016. Based in Folkestone, the festival’s aim was to inspire and connect people to the coastal landscape and urgent issues of climate change. Previous editions of the festival have included activities and events such as communal sea swims, boat building, rewilding projects, live performances and much more. The expanded festival will now look beyond the coast to the wild and rural parts of Kent and northern France. SALT + EARTH is an ambitious festival that now aims to raise awareness of the climate emergency and UNESCO geopark bid. 


Reflections by Rhiana Bonterre: 

It's been nothing short of immersive… the incredible variety of exhibitions, events, talks, walks and performances felt like portals allowing us to experience and understand the Kent Downs AONB through multiple perspectives and insights. It has truly been abundant and we are eternally grateful to all who allowed for SALT + EARTH Festival of Landscape, Seascape and the Environment to unfold in the profound way that it did.

Thank you to our incredible partners Creative Folkestone and Kent Downs AONB for the brilliant work and thoughtful collaboration. Thank you to all of those who opened themselves up to experience the festival, and thank you to the incredible artists - none of this would have been possible without their brilliant ideas and work.

What a privilege it has been to celebrate the extraordinary coastal landscape, and support the AONB in seeking international UNESCO Global Geopark Status. The fantastic artist’s work seen throughout the festival weekend has opened up communities and people from around the county to ‘learn, share, think and have fun’ within and about these lush landscapes - we are thrilled to have been a part of facilitating it all... stay tuned for more to come!

In the meantime, you can watch the festival's four enthralling talks HERE:

Dr Anjana Khatwa: The Whispers of Rock

Prof Sanjeev Gupta: Megaflood

Sara Trillo: Holes in the Landscape 

Queer Ecology Panel 

+ Read Anne Deeming's blog on 'Field of View' HERE.

+ Read Chloe Robinson's review on Aaron Kopp's 'A Path Is A Conversation' HERE. 

+ Look at our Festival Gallery page, which captures moments from the weekend by photographer Joseph Hill HERE. 

+ Sign up to the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Newsletter HERE. 


Co-curated by Creative Folkestone, Folkestone Fringe, and Kent Downs AONB, SALT + EARTH explores the way the natural environments around us shape who we are and asks what the future might hold for those living on the edge.


check out past festivals here

This year's festival is working in partnership with Kent Downs AONB in celebration of their bid to become a Geopark. What is a geopark?

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20 September 2022

Manuel Vason : Gestures with the ground
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23 September 2022

Anne Deeming : Field of View
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23 September 2022

Dens & Signals : You Mean The World
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23 September 2022

Studio Oiseau: Act Like A Geopark
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23 September 2022

SALT + EARTH 2022 GALLERY
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23 September 2022

Aaron Kopp : A Path is a Conversation
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23 September 2022

Fiorino & Ferreira : What lies beneath us is before us, what lies before us is beneath us
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23 September 2022

Judith Anketell : A Square of Time - Prelude
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23 September 2022

Steam Punk Sauna
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23 September 2022

Sara Trillo: Hiding Holes in Hucking / Walk
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23 September 2022

SALT + EARTH : LAUNCH PARTY
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23 September 2022

Dr Anjana Khatwa : Talk
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23 September 2022

Craig Gell : Lithoscapes
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23 September 2022

Rubiane Maia : Magical Curves
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23 September 2022

SITE : Fault Lines
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23 September 2022

SALT + EARTH Open Views
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23 September 2022

Origins Untold : chalk, grass, land
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24 September 2022

Sara Trillo : Holes In The Landscape: In Search of Lost Chalk in Wye
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24 September 2022

Queer Ecology
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24 September 2022

Rubiane Maia: Magical Curves
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24 September 2022

Alison Neighbour: Chalk Coracle
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24 September 2022

Fantastic Fossil Foray
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24 September 2022

The Longest Johns
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25 September 2022

Dr Legumes : Walking Roots
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25 September 2022

Origins Untold : Chalk, Grass, Land
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25 September 2022

Sara Trillo : Holes In The Landscape Talk
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25 September 2022

Sanjeev Gupta : Megaflood
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25 September 2022

Samphire Hoe Rock Pooling
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25 September 2022

SALT + EARTH Dip
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25 September 2022

SALT + EARTH Wrap
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8 October 2022

Music on Impermanent Land
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27 October 2022 : Architecture

Magic and Myths in Liminal Lands
Progress Agency