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Wise Words Festival

  • Wise Words Greyfriars Garden, stour street CT1 2NR Canterbury Kent (map)

The heart of the festival lies in Canterbury’s Secret Garden, belonging to the Franciscan Friars – an unexpected haven just a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 

Thought provoking talks, music, performances, storytelling and poetry take place in a beautiful yurt, tents and in the ancient Franciscan Chapel. From here activity spills out across the city – onto the streets, in gardens, in coffeehouses and even on the river.

You might stumble across a poet performing whilst you pay for your morning coffee; a storyteller on a punt; lines of verse appearing in shop windows or performance poets on street corners battling for your votes to become the king or queen of the street slam.

“Wise Words has its heart in the stars and its feet firmly on the ground” Lemn Sissay OBE 

Earlier Event: April 12
Paisley Mess 'Shh' EP Launch @Bramley's
Later Event: November 21
Art Exhibition by KLA