Faith In Strangers is a 350 capacity music, arts and culture venue, where you can look out over panoramic sunset sea views. In the evening, the space is brought to life by futuristic multi-channel audio, dynamic lighting and an inhouse broadcast station
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Faith In Strangers is a combined arts venue at its core, with a focus on music but a strong interest in everything else. The plan is to host arts, culture, science, tech and ideas from all kinds of people from all kinds of places. In the daytime, the same building is a workspace community of freelance creatives. Opening to the public for table service on May 21st following restrictions, with full capacity launch on June 24th. Initially the bar will be open Thursday — Saturdays from 6pm — late with plans to expand as the year progresses.
May 21st - Table Service
June 24th - Full Launch
At its foundation lies an open plan 350 capacity venue spread across a 6000 sq ft site with views across the DJ booth expanding out to Margate’s kaleidoscopic skies and sea, sunset sets will be a prominent feature of the venue utilising the far-reaching views of the horizon. Inside lies soft furnishings aplenty creating a house party feel. These refined touches rarely coexist alongside the futuristic energy that is usually associated with venues of this type.
Faith In Strangers want to create a platform for artists, performers, thinkers and creative minds that often occupy under-celebrated realms yet warrant an audience. A cultural programme ranging from selectors to scientists with a mixture of local talent and further afield will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
The founders have conjured up a unique blend of sound and light for audiences to enjoy. The venue hosts a unique multichannel array set up of Funktion One speakers with Full Fat Audio amps. 18 speakers placed around the venue creates the opportunity to make spatial sound scapes along with separate individual outputs, evoking a sense of theatre that immerses the audience from entering the building. An analogue high fidelity stereo pair is also in the works with more info to follow.
Bespoke lighting features surround the perimeter of the venue offering mood lighting during the atmospheric moments to full club mode during others. The data driven lighting system has been planted into the heart of the building with everything thriving around it. Light interaction will play a leading role for revellers as they will be able to interact with the building itself through movement, gestures and input from the customers themselves.
Live broadcast will play a major role within the space. The venue has been designed to harness content from multiple different camera set ups ranging from tapping into their CCTV, PTZ cams and DSLRs setups. The one-of-a-kind setup will be controlled from a broadcast booth with up to 21 static and adjustable cameras spaced at key points giving a groundbreaking amount of control to any stream or recording. The idea is to turn the venue into a satellite, platforming and transmitting vehicle for those that could not attend in person giving global reach. Faith In Strangers will capture moments and create episodic content for future viewing once events startup once again.
The team will be equipped to enable art, music, performance and talks to be broadcast, recorded, edited and made available as produced content within the venue. The founders have built the venue with the future of art and interactivity in mind. In practical terms this translates in uniquely designed installations that can be controlled by artists and the audience.
During the day, Faith In Strangers transitions into a workspace with hot desks, hot sofa’s and hot sun loungers. The monolithic concrete bar doubles up as a meeting point and communal lunch area, where the workspace community can help themselves to drinks throughout the day as the circadian lighting, ambient playlist and sea views create a perfect environment to work in.
Faith In Strangers is essentially living a second life as a shared workspace community for individuals and collaborators in the creative, artistic, design and wellbeing sectors. Access to the workspace is £120 and by application. The communal workspace then transitions, with careful curation of sound, lighting and scents, into a bar atmosphere from 6pm, during the week and earlier on weekends.
Faith In Strangers is a concept that doesn’t appear very often, if at all. Harnessing the founders core beliefs of creating the very best experience possible within a space that can evolve and change throughout the day/night cycle. The team have reimagined one of Margate’s famous old hang out spots to bring you a new 350 capacity cultural venue for music, art, ideas and good vibes. They believe that every one could have more Faith in Strangers if entrepreneurial spirit, art and culture were given spaces to be shared in and room to flourish.
Where we at?17 Ethelbert Crescent,
Margate CT9 2DY