Hailsham’s festival feast has something for all tastes

Celebrating the area's rich seam of talent
Celebrating the area's rich seam of talent

A regional line-up of exceptionally talented artists and a feast of music, dance, drama, literature and street entertainment will be on offer in Hailsham as the town prepares to host its annual Festival of Arts and Culture.

One of the highlights of the town’s events calendar, it attracts a cross-section of artists and performers from the South East and further afield, and offers a wide variety of exhibits and performances to suit all tastes.

The 11-day festival will take place at various locations in and around Hailsham from Thursday, September 8, until Monday, September 18, and is being organised for the 10th consecutive year by the Arts Festival Committee and the

team at Gallery North.

Confirmed performers include three-piece rock band The Memphis Flyers, contemporary folk group Hatful of Rain and popular blues band Howlin’ Blues.

The Pete Willson Promenade Orchestra will provide the music entertainment for the festival’s opening event – Prom in the Pinetum – which takes place at Lime Cross Nursery at 7pm on September 8.

This year’s programme features the biggest art trail yet with more than 20 venues participating and more than 100 local artists exhibiting, plus visiting artists from Hailsham’s twin town of Gournay-en-Bray in France.

A number of competitions form part of the line-up including those for poetry, short story writing, short film and children’s sculpture. The Square Youth Café will host a Miniville workshop from 11am to 1pm on September 10, at

which children can make their own miniature town based on their own design.

Hailsham Festival FM will be broadcasting for the duration of the festival (87.7 FM).

Hailsham Mayor Cllr Nigel Coltman said, “Hailsham and the rest of East Sussex has such an amazingly rich seam of arts and culture. There is a wealth of artistic talent and it will be an honour for me to be part of this year’s festival and I invite the community to put the festival dates in their diaries.

“Alongside new events, old favourites will return to keep residents entertained and bring visitors from across the region to our fantastic and vibrant town.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Arts Festival Committee and Gallery North team for putting together an exciting programme again this year – its 10th anniversary year - and supporting the arts and local artistic talent.”

A full listing of events over the festival is available now. For more information, visit www.hailshamartsfestival.wordpress.com/

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