U’Zambezi Arts: South African Song & Dance

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Friday 3 October
Workshop 5.30pm Performance 7.30pm
Tickets: Advance £8 | £4 under 16s

U'Zambezi Arts specialises in songs, drum rhythms, dances and instrumental music styles from the Southern African region. The musicians are self-taught, multi-talented artists whose work has taken them into Canada, the USA, Europe including the UK, and all across southern Africa.

They have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues over the past 18 years, such as the Winter Gardens in Toronto, Symphony Space in New York, JFK Centre in Washington DC, Opera de Paris, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Ronnie Scott's Club in London.

U’Zambezi has shared stages with reggae musician Jimmy Cliff and English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, and performed for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. They have appeared on TV programmes including Blue Peter, Later with Jools Holland, and on prime time City TV-Toronto.

The artists also work in schools, universities, community centres, theatres, reformatories, prisons and, increasingly, in arts-based training on teamwork, cross-cultural awareness and cross-generation awareness.


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Chantel McGregor

Picutre Credit: Howard Rankin

Book now Friday 10 October 7.30pm
Doors/Bar: 7pm
Tickets: £12 adv | £14 door

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one. Then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock-blues musicians in the UK. Chantel has won several awards, the latest being voted 'Guitarist of the Year' and 'Female Vocalist of the Year' in the British Blues Awards 2013.


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Pottery Group: Unfinished Business II

Book now Saturday 11 October 8pm
Doors/Bar: 7:00pm
Tickets: £7
Andrea Bennett has been writing for 5 years, with finished works including a number of short stories and short plays. This spring she completed her first novel, Galina Petrovna’s Three Legged Dog Story, a story inspired by the years Andrea spent living in Russia during the 1990s, which will be published by Borough Press in early 2015. Her play Rise up Comrade Kolya takes its inspiration from one of the book’s chapters, and then takes it off in a new direction.

Rise up Comrade Kolya: The Kremlin bell tolls midnight, and as thunder bolts crash through the sky, something very strange is going on in Grigory Mikhailovich’s apartment. Will Kolya get his way with the delightful Masha, or will the old man spoil his plans? Who is in charge, and who really knows who “they” are? And what is that colander for?

Transparent Man is an abstract black comedy featuring the vile Simon, a man so lacking in substance that one rainy day, he begins to fade away entirely!

Sarah Davies is a drama lecturer, playwright and director. Her plays have been performed at locations including the Royal Court Theatre's Site, Lounge on the Farm Festival, The Theatre Royal Margate and most recently at Little Pieces of Gold at the Southwark Playhouse (sept 14). Sarah is also a reviewer for Total Theatre and an Associate for New Writing South.

'Ultimate Lambada' - a chance meeting of unlike minds and spirits, a dance of words and memories... and an EasyJet flight to Spain.

Jonathan Fitchett is a co-founder of the Pottery Group and was a member of the Start for 10 playwriting initiative at The Theatre Royal, Margate. His play 'The Roof of the World' was performed in the first Unfinished Business last summer. He is a writer and performer and is currently researching the role of language in new playwriting.

The Last Call is Patrick O’Connor’s first outing with the Pottery Group. He lives in Canterbury and also acts. He spent the previous two years trying (unsuccessfully) to write a stage play about JMW Turner. He finally succeeded in doing it as a radio play, broadcast last month on Channel Radio (channelradio.co.uk).

Big Society debt explores David Cameron’s Big Society, creative solutions, altruistic endeavours, the medium of dance plus debt and its impacts, but not necessarily in that order. Greg Lawrence wrote comedy for ten years, made a few people laugh and then decided to get serious… this didn’t work so he’s decided to go for the laughs again…Greg is the founder member of the pottery Group. Last year he co-wrote A Kind of Living with Mick James for the first Unfinished Business showcase.




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The Railway Man

Book now Thursday 16 October 2pm
Tickets: £5
Includes free cup of tea and biscuit

Film @ The Horsebridge Presents:
60s Plus Matinee Screenings
Be a part of our new 60 plus matinee screenings. Come along and see timeless films with us starting with two greats of recent years. With the price of your ticket you get a free tea or coffee and biscuits.

Film @ The Horsebridge matinee screenings are for people aged 60 and above. But be careful, if you’re under 60 and cheeky enough to try and sneak in we may ID you and send you on your way.

Tickets £5 includes a free tea/coffee and biscuit

Year: 2014
Cert: 15
Running Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Based on his best-selling memoir, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, and starring Academy Award-winner Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman, the film is a powerful tale of survival, love and redemption.

Cast includes; Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Tanroh Ishida, Stellan Skarsgård




Horsebridge Art Auction

Horsebridge Art Auction 

Auction Saturday 25 October at 7pm 

Preview exhibition 16-25 October

Entry free to Auction and Exhibition 

A fun and fund-raising evening! Artists have freely and generously given artworks to be auctioned to raise money for the Centre. Never bid before? Now’s your chance to taste some auction adrenaline and maybe bag a masterpiece!

This is our second auction, which follows 2012’s spectacular success.

Pre bids welcome if you cannot make the big event.

Our bar will be open too for refreshments.




The Horsebridge Centre

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF

01227 281174
01227 281255 (cafe)

Fully accessible
Free Wi-Fi

Open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
Open up to 9pm Monday - Thursday for room bookings
Open from 7pm Friday - Saturday for box office events

Charity Number: 1099570
Company Number: 4727071

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity. Since its launch in April 2004, the Horsebridge has established itself as a quality venue at the heart of arts, social, learning and leisure activities in Whitstable and the wider north east Kent area.

The Horsebridge Centre has a packed programme of events all year round that includes ground floor galleries, workshops, cafe with balcony and a large performance space for theatre, screenings, talks and live music.

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"I remember the days before Whitstable Horsebridge Centre had been built, so can now fully appreciate what it adds to the town.

The centre has numerous weekly classes such as yoga, mediation and dancing, as well as one-off workshop courses. It always has some kind of art exhibition that is free to go and view, a bar/cafe for food and refreshments, as well as a packed evening entertainment calendar such as live music and comedy nights.

It really gives Whitstable a community feel and I always enjoy my visits there." Via Tripadvisor

"This is what a community centre should be all about. There is art on the ground floor, a nice family friendly cafe with locally made cakes on the first floor and we attended an amazing baby group on the top floor. I can't fault the concept, the staff or the layout. Really nice experience." Via Tripadvisor

"What a gem this place is! It was one of the reasons I moved to Whitstable and I use it every week." Via Tripadvisor

"We find ourselves in there most weeks, all year round. It has been a huge success. The staff are friendly and efficient, they are also truly engaged in the desire to bring art to the community and visitors to the town alike." Via Tripadvisor

We have several rooms of various sizes accommodating small workshops to large conferences, parties and markets. Please see our room hire page for full details.

Become a 'Friend of the Horsebridge' and receive a membership card entitling you to a 15% discount in our cafe and bar, concessionary rates on selected events and quarterly mail out of our printed programme. Please see our page on joining for more details.

If you are interested in the many varied voluntary roles at the Horsebridge Centre please contact Hannah Wenn on 01227 281174 or email hannah@horsebridge-centre.org.uk for more details.

We are a registered charity and rely on the local community to support us.



A History of the Horsebridge

The name itself comes from the jetty used by the horses taking the catch from the boats. Later, the first railway in Kent, the Canterbury & Whitstable (aka Crab and Winkle),took the place of the horses.

The Horsebridge area has played a key part in the varied history of Whitstable.

Whitstable has a long tradition of community and cultural activity including community and arts groups operating on the Horsebridge site itself. Canterbury City Council was committed to a building that reflects this activity and seeking to create a focal point for the town.

The project was a public / private sector partnership between Canterbury City Council, who owned the land, and the local developer Banbury Estates.

Four schemes for the re-development of the Horsebridge site were shortlisted and were featured in a public exhibition in April 2000. Over 600 comments were received from local people with 62% favouring an “upturned boat” design submitted by architects Clague.

The Centre opened to the public on Saturday 10 April 2004, and is run as a Company Limited by Guarantee and with Charitable status.