To our Audience and Supporters

Impact of COVID-19 on Festival 2020


It is with a very heavy heart that we write to inform you that a decision has been taken to postpone, by one year, this year’s Deal Music & Arts Festival and to put on hold all our education work for the time being.  The safety of our Festival-goers, artists, staff and volunteers as well as the wider community is our priority.


Deal Music & Arts has been in existence for nearly 40 years and since that time we have brought you the very finest of artists and hopefully have given you all much pleasure and comfort.  This is obviously a time of great distress for us all and we at DMA are determined to secure our work for the future.  As you can imagine this  pandemic has serious financial consequences for us all and more than ever we need your support in these unprecedented times.  If you felt able to help us financially, either by becoming a Friend of Deal Music and Arts or making a donation please contact us through details below.


We at DMA are working hard to ensure that, as far as possible, we will replicate the 2020 Festival programme in 2021 so that we can share the joy of music and art that we had planned for this summer with you in twelve months.


We also hope to be able to share some events with you in the Autumn but naturally we have to listen to the Government Advice as to whether this is possible.


Please stay safe and ring the General Manager, Willie Cooper if you require further information.


The Deal Music and Arts Team


Contact Details - Willie Cooper, General Manager 01227 786111 email:


Welcome to Deal Music & Arts


Deal Music & Arts has been bringing the best in arts and culture to East Kent for over 37 years, and in that time we have welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists.  Over those years, we have evolved from a summer festival to a year-round organisation that maintains that vibrant festival and supports a series of education programmes.  We are very proud to benefit the cultural life and local economy of East Kent.


We bring the highest standards of artistic experience, supporting local and regional communities, and we welcome artists of international stature.  We present events in a range of locations, from historic castles and gardens to art galleries, from theatres to ancient churches.


We run a series of music and arts education programmes that support around a third of the schools in our area.


We are a catalyst for arts partnerships and provide platforms for artistic collaboration, creativity and innovation.


We contribute to the social, economic and cultural regeneration of East Kent.


We inspire, inform, excite and stimulate.


You can experience Deal Music & Arts in a variety of ways.  You can visit our 16-day Summer Festival and enjoy world class music and art in this beautiful and historic corner of England, which encompasses the ancient ports of Deal, Sandwich and Dover.  You can take part in our inclusive Summer Music School.  You can participate in one or more of our education programmes, or you can work with us as a volunteer, becoming part of the Deal Music & Arts family.


Annual Report 2019