Cloud9, a new festival for Ebbsfleet, Swanscombe and Northfleet arrives this spring with more events and activities to follow in the summer.

Cloud9 brings together the finest street arts, creative classes and fitness sessions with a twist! The FREE programme is all about getting creative, being active, trying new things & developing new hobbies.

The festival aims to bring communities together, rebuilding connection to one another as we are released from lockdown.

Audiences can expect extraordinary pop-up and socially distanced outdoor activities to take place across the three areas, with the aim to spread some much-needed joy, connection and creativity.

The organisers of Cloud9 recognised that after a testing time in lockdown, summer felt like too long to wait for the festivities, so, they’ll be hosting a warm-up weekender of free online taster workshops and classes over the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April, bookable via www.cloud9festival.com

Online workshops include a morning Disco Yoga class, an Afrodance class with the duo Homebros and a nutrition and HIIT class with a transformational coach from Revitalise Clinic who are based in Gravesend. More workshops are to be announced in the coming weeks.

If people are looking for more regular creative projects, in May two new programmes launch; singing workshops with MOBO award winner Volney Morgan and Hip Hop dance classes led by Jeffrey Felicisimo, choreographer and dancer in the dance crew Flawless.

Cloud9 has been created by Ruby Baker, an arts and festival producer and Jane Packham who manages a local creative marketing company. The event is presented by The Grand Healthy Living Centre in Gravesend.

 Ruby Baker, Creative Director of Cloud9 said, “Having developed ideas for the festival from within the four walls of our own homes, we know first-hand how hard isolation is to cope with. We want Cloud9 to offer something for everyone. We want the activities to be unforgettable, put smiles on people’s faces and hopefully inspire some new hobbies.”

Cloud9 has been commissioned by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Creative Estuary.

Mary Rouse from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation said, ‘As well as the short-term benefits, Cloud9 will offer the residents of Ebbsfleet and surrounding areas a chance to reconnect with their community and outside spaces. Post Covid, we have longer term ambitions for the festival. We hope that it will capacity build local practitioners with a focus on creative health whilst introducing local people to new forms of creativity, activity and engagement to support our wider preventative health agenda and the major new Health and Wellbeing Hub at Ebbsfleet Central.’

Creative Estuary went on to say, ‘The Cloud9 event is a wonderful output from the work Creative Estuary is delivering with our partners in Ebbsfleet and will contribute to the development of an exciting cultural hub throughout the estuary area, strengthening our communities through creativity.’ Emma Wilcox, Creative Estuary Director

If people are looking for a creative challenge, Cloud9’s social media offers exactly that, for people to participate in and share online.

The full line-up for both the April and Summer events will be announced over the coming weeks.

People can sign up for announcements and alerts via www.cloud9festival.com