"Electric Medway is all about lifting our spirits at the moment. We’ve got some incredible artists and creative work lined up that people will be able to access online, whilst some will be experienced in public spaces. We’re particularly proud that this festival is able to support young creatives at this time, with paid work opportunities and artist mentoring.”Janet Moore, Co-Director, SparkedEcho, Festival Producer
Electric Medway brought together audiovisual artworks, streamed events and interactive workshops from more than 50 local artists and community groups. Unlocked through five virtual zones, this exciting programme invited participants to engage with works – both online and offline.
The free festival had content for all ages and included commissioned new works, youth arts projects and a wider showcase.
It is the first of its kind for Medway.
"Electric Medway celebrates how our digital worlds have grown and how creativity is an essential part of our communities. I am particularly delighted that as part of our commitment to providing Medway’s children and young people with opportunities, that Electric Medway specifically supports young people with paid festival jobs and mentoring to develop their creative careers."Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett
A Young Creatives strand sat at the heart of the festival, supporting local young people looking to work in the creative industries with paid commissions, projects, work experience and creative mentoring.
"Culture and creativity have played a huge role in bringing Medway together over the last few months. Electric Medway is a brilliant showcase for Medway’s innovation and creativity which sits at the heart of our UK City of Culture bid, as well as a celebration of our young people and creative future.”Imogen Robertson, Bid Director at Medway 2025
Produced by SparkedEcho and funded by Medway Council and Arts Council England, Electric Medway was devised in partnership with Medway Youth Service and Medway’s 2025 UK City of Culture bid.
We are thankful to our supporting organisations; Nucleus Arts heART Space, Fort Amherst, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Medway Archives and Medway Rapture Gaming & Creative Festival.
Events Coordinator, SparkedEcho
Social Media Coordinator, SparkedEcho
Video Caption Editor
Head of Culture, Medway Council
Operations Manager, Medway Youth Service
Bid Director, Medway 2025
Communications Manager, Medway Council
Communications + Marketing Coordinator, Medway 2025
Arts Development Officer, Medway Council