Where are they now?
Jan Ryan is a Creative Producer and Festival Director with more than 40 years’ experience of presenting work that is diverse, inclusive and socially engaged. Since setting up UK Arts International in 1992, she has worked with venues of all scales – from village halls to the West End, collaborating with organisations such as the Barbican in London, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Market Theatre of Johannesburg. Since moving to Margate 8 years ago, her focus has been on working with local artists and in 2015 she co-founded Power of Women, Thanet’s women’s festival. She resigned as director in April 2020, having established a robust team to take the festival forward. In November 2020, she co-founded Cliftonville Cultural Space, set up to repurpose the former Margate synagogue as an arts and cultural centre for the local community. She is currently Director and CEO of the organisation.
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