A taste of Bollywood comes to Hailsham Arts Festival

Burgess Hill Party in the Park. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140614-201349001
Burgess Hill Party in the Park. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140614-201349001

A Bollywood dance group and a newly-formed choir are the first acts announced for this year’s Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture.

Now in its seventh year, the 11-day event – organised by the team at Gallery North – is one of the highlights of the town’s calendar and attracts a cross-section of artists and performers from the south east and further afield.

Various locations in and around Hailsham are taking part, from Wednesday September 10 to Sunday September 21.

The Jazz and Rock Community Choir will be part of the official opening on Saturday September 13 while the Bhangracise Indian Dancers, who will be performing traditional, Bhangra and Bollywood dances with live drumming, play at the Hailsham Pavilion on September 20.

The programme will also feature creative workshops, art history talks, poetry events, classical music, jazz, drama, comedy and a very special version of The Beggars Opera.

Hailsham mayor Jo Bentley said, “I’m confident festival organisers will surpass all expectations again this year with events, activities and workshops for all the family.”

“There is an amazing wealth of artistic talent in our town and region and it will be an honour for me to be part of this year’s festival and invite the community to put the festival dates in their diaries.”

The chairman of the town council’s festivities committee, Cllr Chris Triandafyllou added, “Alongside new events, old favourites will return to keep residents entertained and bring visitors from across the region to our fantastic and vibrant town.”

A full programme of events over the 11 days will be available from the beginning of August.

For more information, visit hailshamartsfestival.co.uk