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 relaxed house party feel. These refined touches rarely coexist alongside the futuristic energy that is usually associated with venues of this type. 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 20th 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. Sign up to the mailing list HERE for an exclusive free ticket to the first events.

Richard Randles, co-founder of Faith In Strangers says “Margate has a long history of inspiring people from Joseph Turner to modern-day. We couldn’t think of a better place for this venue and hope that people who visit Faith In Strangers might find ideas and inspiration as well.”

Faith In Strangers wants 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 people 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 soundscapes along with separate individual outputs, evoking a sense of theatre that immerses the audience as they enter 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.

Jeremy Duffy, co-founder of Faith in Strangers says “We’ve been crafting this for nearly 3 years now. The lockdown has been tough for many and we’re happy we can provide a new space for the neighbourhood. When we talk about a cultural venue, it’s not about having high brow art or the latest trend… It’s about exploring the things people can enjoy together, making memories and sharing moments. That’s what we want to provide, the cocktails, music, guest chefs etc are all catalysts for people to get together and find things they have in common with each other. We wanted to create an atmosphere where people can indulge in something other than a distraction.”

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