Medway Neuro-Arts Festival launches


The Medway Neurological Network has launched the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival, which has been part-funded this year through a £5,000 grant from the Rochester Riverside Community Board. The grant was handed over by Community Board member and Medway Deputy Mayor Cllr Habib Tejan in a ceremony held at the Rochester Community Hub.

The Medway Neuro-Arts Festival is the first initiative supported by the Rochester Riverside Community Board, which was set up by Countryside and Hyde to oversee funding for community projects across Rochester, with an annual budget of £30,000 available. The Board comprises representatives from Medway Council, Countryside and Hyde, along with local stakeholders. Rochester Riverside residents will also be represented on the board once the first homeowners have moved into the development.

Organised by the Medway Neurological Network, in association with Medway Adult Education and Nucleus Arts, the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival will highlight the therapeutic benefit of the arts for those with neurological conditions and takes place on the 20th-21st July. The festival will showcase the arts at the Rochester Community Hub and Eastgate House & Gardens, in four zones; Music & Poetry Corner, Dance & Health, Wellbeing (Tai Chi, Yoga, Mindfulness) and Visual and Creative Arts.

Jane Cullen’s play “Say that again” – based on her successful book of the same title – will be premiered on the Saturday at Eastgate House, while on the Sunday a Film Festival with a neurological theme will take place at the Huguenot Museum. The Festival plays a vital role in supporting those with neurological conditions, such as Parkinsons, MS, Dementia, Epilepsy, Stroke and more.

Phil Bungay, co-organiser of the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival, said: “We’re so happy that the Rochester Riverside Community Board has made such a generous contribution to the Neuro-Arts Festival this year. This funding is allowing us to hold the festival, which will be appreciated by so many of our members across Medway and allows us to share the considerable therapeutic benefits that the Arts can have for those with neurological conditions.”

Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships South (North and South), Countryside, commented: “We’re determined to ensure that the benefits of our landmark development are felt across Rochester, and we’re delighted to be supporting the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival. This is a really worthwhile project that will make a huge difference to vulnerable people in the area.”  

Guy Slocombe, Group Business Development Director at Hyde, added: “The Medway Neuro-Arts Festival is a really exciting initiative that we’re so proud to support. We’re looking forward to visiting the festival in July, as well as seeing what the next projects supported by the Community Board will hold.”

Cllr Habib Tejan, Mayor of Medway, said: “This is fantastic news for Medway. The Neuro-Arts Festival will raise awareness of neurological conditions in Medway, as well as promoting the benefits of the arts in addressing these conditions. Rochester is a great place to live, and initiatives like this are proof of the innovative and caring character of the area.”

The community board ensures that the community funds are allocated to local stakeholders and organisations through a robust and transparent application process. Application forms and full criteria will become available on the website - – in future months.

Rochester Riverside is the region’s flagship regeneration project. Delivered by Countryside and Hyde over the next 12 years, it will create a new mixed-tenure community of up to 1,400 new homes with provision for a primary school, nursery, as well as a hotel, parking, open space and landscaping.

Construction is well underway on the first three phases of the scheme, comprising 489 homes and a hotel, along with 2,200 sqm of commercial floorspace and landscaping. The first wave of new homes is anticipated to complete in June 2019.

Medway Neuro-Arts Festival launches
Medway Neuro-Arts Festival supported by £5,000 grant from Rochester Riverside Community Board