Dover Arts Development Ltd (DAD) is delighted to present a six-month Digital Festival of sound and visual content promoting Dover to the world as a place for culture.

The DAD Digital Festival DDF21 is a slow festival of accumulating content that can be accessed anywhere and at any time of the day or night from July to December 2021. It provides opportunities for the growing number of artists living and working in Dover, while also reaching out to new contacts and sustaining DAD’s existing network in Europe and beyond. The festival features sound, music, writing, photography, video work and includes two student residencies and a major new commission from internationally renowned musicians Anna Phoebe and Richard Bundy, both based in Dover District. Artist and writer Simon Bill, who has recently come to live in Dover, is the festival writer in residence. He will be writing a regular project blog and leading exploratory walks enabling fellow walkers to engage with Dover’s hidden treasures. Martin Bradley, the festival’s photographer, explores Dover – his home since 1985 – with his camera phone to create a candid photo diary. And following its successful pilot, DAD RADIO, a partnership with Dover Community Radio (broadcasting via, will continue to provide a platform for sound art, music, spoken word and local conversation connected to Dover and its community. DAD RADIO is curated by Dover-born artists Louisa Love and Louise Webb.

DDF21 expands DAD’s digital offer, sustains DAD’s contact with the wider world and helps build resilience in Dover’s creative community through engagement with current concerns and shifts in artists’ practices towards wellbeing, ecology, community and co-operation. The project has been made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

“We’re really pleased to support the development of this exciting new digital festival thanks to National Lottery funding. It’s great to see that Dover Arts Development has been working so closely with both local artists and the community to put together a festival that celebrates Dover, provides opportunity and helps uncover Dover’s hidden treasures – all through music, photography, video and much more. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing more of the DAD radio programme, a fantastic initiative to connect artists and creatives to their local community.”
Hazel Edwards, South East Area Director, Arts Council England

Dover Arts Development is a not-for-profit organisation that instigates projects of excellence within poetry, music and the visual arts in Dover District, across South East England and Europe.