Arts, Training, Festivals

KATFM  owns and operates some of the most vibrant grassroots arts organisations in Ashford, Kent.  We run Ashford Community School (of the Creative Arts), Ashford Community Theatre,  Ashford Arts Centre, KATFM Radio and Ashford Fringe Festival.

 KATFM CIC owns and manages KATFM Learning Centre,

Ashford Community School, works with adult learners, young people registered in Home Education and members of Ashford Arts Centre.



KATFM Community Arts and Education is a charity and is entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1173817.  KATFM CIC is our trading arm and is a subsidiary of the charity.

Ashford Arts Centre is the first and only dedicated Community Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts in Ashford. The centre provides  creative spaces for freelance professionals in the arts as well as access to affordable training and experiences in the arts for members of the community.
Ashford Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in Ashford. It’s a celebration of the wide and varied arts-based activities taking place year-round in the arts centre and invites speakers and entertainers from across the nation to perform and inform.

KATFM Learning Centre offers a range of qualifications to students aged 11 – 16 to adults. The classes are available at Ashford Arts Centre, but are not part of general arts centre membership. The Learning Centre is part of Kent Arts Television Film and Music School.

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We are a nationally registered learning provider.                                          Our full name is:                                                                                                          Kent Arts Television Film and Music School – UKPRN: 10054719  For scheduling and to book a tour of our school, please call the office at 01233 637 309

You can join our Basic Member Club which includes weekly music lessons and choir membership (some choirs are by audition).  To become a member of the arts centre, you must tour our centre, fill out an application and sign a media release form. You will then need to set up a direct debit through our website.

Arts Club, Film and Production Club…

Performance opportunities at Ashford Arts Centre and Ashford Fringe Festival, discounts on extended childcare days and classes.

KATFM Kids Club

KATFM Training Centre offers a range of accredited courses for all ages as well as after school clubs and holiday camps for primary and secondary school-aged children.

Visit for schedules and pricing.  *Coming soon – KATFM Daycare Centre.

KATFM owns and manages Ashford Fringe Festival, the largest Arts Festival in Ashford.

Head over to the website for more information.



We Own and Manage Ashford Arts Centre and Ashford Fringe Festival