Having lived in Folkestone for just over six years now, this is the second Folkestone Triennal event I am enjoying. For two months this town becomes an open-air art exhibition, with artworks especially commissioned by the Creative Foundation scattered in public areas.
This year the theme is double edge, in the sense of "borders; thresholds; margins; the periphery; the liminal." Therefore, " double edge resonates with major contemporary cultural, economic and political realities experienced as part of everyday lives in Folkestone and across the globe: migration; border control; wealth inequality; sustainability; a challenging urban environment; and climate change, to name a few."
The theme is investigated also with presentations, field trips, guided tours of the artworks, study days, artist-led events, free exhibitions, and workshops for families or schools.
For example, I attended an interesting debate about new ways of working with finance, labour, land and capital; and an eye-opening presentation by KRAN (Kent Refugees Action Network). I've booked a walking tour of the artworks and I'm planning to attend lectures and performances.
What I like the most is looking out for the artworks. It's like going on a treasure hunt. They make Folkestone more vibrant. And the good thing is that usually half of them stays here after the Triennial is over.
Intrigued? Find out more by visiting the Folkestone Triennial 2017's website www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk