Arts Festival emphasis on local talent

Hailsham Atrs Festival launch by artists and committee members. August 24th 2012 E35017N'(L to R seated): Felicity Price-Smith, Jenny West and Nick Collinson.'(L to R standing): Josie tipler, Sam Elsby, Maureen Brown, Veronica Van Eijk, David Hoad and Anne Hunt.
Hailsham Atrs Festival launch by artists and committee members. August 24th 2012 E35017N'(L to R seated): Felicity Price-Smith, Jenny West and Nick Collinson.'(L to R standing): Josie tipler, Sam Elsby, Maureen Brown, Veronica Van Eijk, David Hoad and Anne Hunt.
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HAILSHAM’s sixth annual Arts Festival was launched on Friday at Gallery North with organisers and artists turning out to mark the occasion.

The festival, which will run from September 8-16 at various venues across the town, will include a Caribbean steel band, dancers from the Brighton School of Samba, a classical guitarist, world music, art workshops, trails and poetry.

Jenny West, festival organiser, said, “Every festival has its own identity, in Hailsham the aim is to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism with a strong emphasis on local talent.

“We hope the festival will aim to highlight Hailsham as a town which harbours a wealth of creativity.”

The festival kicks off on September 8 (from 10am) with a Festival Open Morning in the town centre with children’s workshops, a pop-up festival office and music from The Memphis Flyers.

The opening concert of the festival is at noon on September 8 at St Mary’s Church.

Guitarist Gabrielle Stephens will be performing, alongside youth singing ensemble Rapport.

The concert is free, but donations welcome. Lunches will be served in the refectory afterwards.

Rounding off the opening day of the festival will be a performance of The Comedy of Terrors by the Ropemaker Theatre Company at Hailsham Pavilion (2.30pm and 7.30pm).

Tickets cost £9 for the matinee, £11 for the evening show in advance or £12.50 on the door, from the Hailsham Pavilion box office.

For more information about the festival, pick up a programme from Gallery North or see the website www.hailshamartsfestival.blogspot.co.uk