Rochester Riverside supports Medway Neuro Arts Festival


Rochester Riverside was delighted to support the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival, which took place in Rochester on the 20-21 July, through a £5,000 grant from the Rochester Riverside Community Board.

Organised by the Medway Neurological Network, in association with Medway Adult Education and Nucleus Arts, the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival was a great success. The event highlighted the therapeutic benefits the arts can provide those living with neurological conditions and demonstrated how it can make a huge difference to those living with conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, Dementia, Epilepsy, Stroke and more.

The festival was opened by Medway Town Crier, Mike Billingham, and attended by local MP Kelly Tolhurst and Mayor of Medway Cllr Habib Tejan, highlighting the popularity of the event in the local area. The festival comprised an extensive programme of events, including free workshops on Tai Chi, Yoga, Mindfulness, creative writing, crafty chat (crotchet & knitting) and from local artist Createabot. Held in the gardens of Eastgate House, there were information stands, as well as a performance from local jazz band 5 in the Bar.

Eastgate House also hosted a premiere of Jane M Cullen’s play “Say That Again” – based on her highly-acclaimed book of the same title - which is about an award-winning playwright diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. On the Sunday a Film Festival with a neurological theme took place at the Huguenot Museum, supported by the Rochester Film Society. Among the films shown was ‘Kinetics’- where Parkinson’s meets Parkour – and ‘Recovery’, which deals with the life of Alan Hamilton (played by David Tennant) after he receives serious personality changing brain injuries in a road accident.

The Medway Neuro-Arts Festival was 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.

We were so proud to support this fantastic community initiative and look forward to seeing the Medway Neurological Network continue its fantastic work.