Award winning music, poetry, arts and film live events in and around Canterbury

Free Range 2021

Free Range is an award-winning arts charity that presents adventurous music, film and dance events with a policy of free-entry.

We are Canterbury’s best-kept secret. Since we began in 2012 we’ve delivered 216 extraordinary events and worked with over 1000 artists.

The purpose of adventurous culture is to help us see and hear familiar things in a new light. Cultivating an openness and curiosity toward difference is important in the world right now. Our Autumn programme includes a story of activism told through music, words and video from Extinction Rebellion Canterbury; a screening of The Whalebone Box, Andrew Kötting’s film about love, difference and mystery; dancing clowns with broken accordions with the Lunatraktors; live-streamed dance collaboration with performers in Canada and the UK with MOONSEED and much more.

Free Range has helped to create a strong regional community of artists, audience members and organisations that care about adventurous culture. We do this through presenting genuinely independent cultural events of the highest quality in an informal, playful and provocative way with a policy of free entry.

Free Range events are for everyone.


Our purpose as a charity is to present free-entry high-quality adventurous culture to the people of East Kent. Like the NHS we are free at point of delivery but we rely on the donations of people who value our work.

A season of 9 events costs £8380 and is funded mainly through the goodwill of individual donors.

Supporting Free Range is easy to do: if you'd like to help us to continue presenting extraordinary events that are free and accessible to all, just visit our website at and click the donate button.

You can also support our work by telling people about we do and sharing our posts on social media.

Upcoming Events

Evan Parker & Henry Dagg

‘[Saxophonist Evan Parker] is the greatest living exponent of free jazz … if you’ve ever been tempted by free improvisation, Parker is your gateway drug’ (Stewart Lee, The Guardian) From very early on in his musical investigations, Evan Parker has always been interested in electronic music. The music to Forbidden Planet was one of his […]

University of the Creative Arts

The Visual Communication courses at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury present immersive visual storytelling through short animated films and improvised interventions from all year groups. University of the Creative Arts

Screening of The Whalebone Box + Q&A with director Andrew Kötting

The works of Andrew Kötting have a connection with an English tradition of visionary curiosity and hybrid art-practices exemplified in the work of William Blake or Derek Jarman. The eponymous Whalebone Box is found entangled in a fisherman’s net, washed up on a remote beach in the Outer Hebrides. This object has the anonymity and moral […]
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Events take place on a Thursday. 

Doors open at 7.30pm. 

Shows starts at 8.30pm.

Venue: Fruitworks, 1 Jewry Ln, Canterbury CT1 2NP


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Free Range will send you emails letting you know about upcoming events. Our events happen every Thursday from October to March and during this period you will receive emails each week. During the rest of the year you may receive occasional emails about related projects. Free Range is a charity whose purpose is: THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ARTS FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN KENT BY PROVIDING REGULAR FREE-ENTRY EVENTS THAT SHOWCASE LOCAL MUSIC, FILM AND POETRY ALONGSIDE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, FILM AND POETRY OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY. Some of our emails will contain an invitation to donate to the charity.

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