Arts Council England award ensures major gaming festival will return to Margate for a second year

Margate-based Community Interest CompanyMarine Studios is celebrating the news of a National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts award of more than £44,000 from Arts Council England.

The award will ensure the return in 2013 of GEEK, the festival which this year saw a new world record being set for the largest tournament of Pong, one of the earliest arcade games.

GEEK (Gaming Expo East Kent) is a celebration of gaming in all of its guises. From video games, liveaction games and board games to community games and quizzes, all of which will be held in venuesacrossMargate’s town centre.

The organisers are now looking for people and groups from around the country to come forward with their ideas to create the 2013 festival programme.

Kate Kneale of arine Studios says: ‘We are thrilled. As well as being fun, we want the festival to make a real difference to the local area. It can only do that if it establishes itself as a vibrant annual event. This funding will make all the difference to us.’

Jon Pratty is Relationship Manager for Digital and Creative Economy, South East, at Arts Council England. He says: ‘Games and gaming have always been an important part of our culture and they are an ideal way to unite and inspire communities, from across all ages and backgrounds. 

‘The Arts Council’s interest in GEEK lies in its potential to engage more people in culture, particularly digital culture, and how that can inspire young people and give the local economy a considerable boost.’

This investment sits within the context of a range of recent exciting digital and digital culture projects supported by Arts Council England, such as Brighton Digital Festival, Culture Hack East inCambridge, and a new digital arts channel called The Space.

For more information about GEEK, see


Funding event for creative projects and enterprises

Monday 12th November

MargateMedia Centre

11-13 King Street,Margate,CT9 1DA


10.45   Arrival

11.00   Welcome                                                                    Beetroot Design

11.10   Introduction to Grants for the Arts                            Arts CouncilEngland

An open-application funding programme, which funds creative activities that engage people inEngland, or that help artists and creative organisations carry out their work

11.30   Introduction to KCC Arts and Culture Funding      Kent County Council

An annual funding programme for creative organisations and creative activity inKent.

11.45   Q&A

12.15   GEEK Case study / call for projects                          Marine Studios

Introducing GEEK 2013 (Game Expo East Kent) the largest retro gaming festival in theUK, made inMargate

12.30   Introduction to UnLtd                                                  UnLtd

The leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in theUK

12.45   Introduction to East Kent Expansion Fund              Kent County Council

0% interest business loans to support job creation inEast Kent

13.00   Q&A

13.15   Networking lunch

14.00   Group discussion        or Tour of local venues

14.45   1-2-1surgeries           or Tour of local Venues

25 minute sessions with representatives from the funding and support agencies can be pre-booked by completing the form below. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please RSVP to with the following information:


Organisation (if applicable):
Contact number:
Email address:
If you would like to request a1-2-1funding and advice surgery, please insert an ‘X’ by the name of the appropriate agency.
Arts CouncilEngland   UnLtd  
KCC Arts and Culture Service      


Presented by Arts CouncilEngland,KentCountyCouncil,

MargateArts Creativity Heritage, Marine Studios and Thanet District Council


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