Past Events

Off The Page 2011

Friday 11 February, 7pm – 10.30pm

Doors open at 7:00pm

7.30pm Presentation: Robert Wyatt on his favourite music

9.30pm Short films: hosted by BFI and introduced by Jonny Trunk: Tristram Cary on film

Saturday 12 February, 10am – 10.30pm

10:00am Talk: Ken Hollings on the post-Cageian universe

11.30am Talk: Rob Young and Matthew Herbert on the impact of musique concrète on contemporary sonic culture
12.45pm Talk: Teal Triggs on Fanzines

2.45pm Talk: Steve Beresford and John Kieffer on John Stevens
4.15pm Talk: Kodwo Eshun on ten pieces of paradigmatic music criticism
5.30pm Talk: Dave Tompkins histrory of the vocoder, from its use in the Second World War to its role in the era of Auto Tune

7.30pm Presentation: Christian Marclay on his favourite music and film clips

9.30pm Short films:
Lux presents two short films on  John Cage, "Interview Performance John
Cage" and "36 Mesostics REe And Not Re. Duchamp", originally broadcast
on the Artists Television Network in 1978

Sunday 13 February: 10:45am – 5pm 

10:45am Roundtable discussion: including Mark Fisher, Nina Power, and The Wire editors on the role of music criticism on print and the Web

12:00pm Performance Lecture: Salome Voegelin, David Toop, Daniela Cascella on the philosophy of listening

2:00pm In conversation: Green Gartside with Mark Fisher discussing politics and cultural theory in pop culture and music 

3:30pm Performance lecture: Claudia Molitor, Jennifer Walshe, Sarah Nicholls on music notation


In this project

Booking Information

3 day festival pass (limited number, advance sales only): £40 + bkg fee

Friday pass: £12 + bkg fee

Saturday pass: £20 + bkg fee

Sunday pass: £15 + bkg fee

Book tickets via Ticketweb

NB: Ticketweb sales will close on Friday 24 Feb at 9.00am. Tickets will still be available on the door in Whitstable.


Please note: the Playhouse Theatre Whitstable has restricted wheelchair access.
Ticketholders with access needs are advised to contact Sound and Music

Co-producer and Co-curator



Venue Partner

Whitstable Playhouse logo


Suggested places to stay

All located in Whitstable, within 20 mins walk of the festival venue

Oyster Guest House twin/double rooms from £55 per night

Alliston House twin/double rooms from £60 per night

Copeland House (very central) twin/double rooms from £65 per night

Duke of Cumberland (very central) twin/double rooms from £70 per night

Pearl Fisher twin/double rooms from £90 per night

Whitstable Holiday Homes has self-catering accommodation, including cottages and fishermen's huts, from £200 for two nights 

Whitstable also has a Premier Travel Inn

For details of last year's festival please see here

Off The Page 2012 on Facebook

Also taking place nearby:

Late Night Live: Elemental
at Turner Contemporary, Margate
Friday 24 February 2012, 6pm - 10pm
Elemental is an interactive installation by Matt Wright, who is joined by Evan Parker, Splinter Cell, SPOCK, and Roger Redgate. Together they create an immersive installation in which the sound of the sea will flood into the gallery.
Free admission
Turner Contemporary website


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