African dancers at Hailsham Festival

Ballet Nimba at Hailsham Festival
Ballet Nimba at Hailsham Festival

The Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture 2013 takes place this September and will be hosting a wide variety of artists and performers, including the renowned African dance company Ballet Nimba.

These West African musicians and dancers, with their sensational selection of traditional instruments and explosive energy, combine the traditional and contemporary to give an electrifying performance.

Adding to the multicultural flavour of the festival, there will also be a world music performance by musician and composer, Dirk Campbell with Kalamus, an Americana day with vehicles, barbeque, dance workshops and live music by the Cajun Dawgs.

The nine-day event, which runs from Saturday, September 7 to Sunday, September 15, will also include a major exhibition of paintings by abstract artist Stephen Pigott; a comprehensive Art Trail running through the High Street and out to the surrounding villages; several art workshops and a photographic exhibition.

For music lovers there is a lively evening of jazz, plus ‘The Beauty of Baroque’ with music and opera singing.

Families with young children won’t be disappointed either as there are several choices of workshops and both an umbrella and Jungle book parade.

Poetry, literary and art talks will also be on offer.

Festival director Jenny West, who also co-ordinates Gallery North in Hailsham, says, “We are now in our seventh year and the festival has developed and grown, especially this year with the support and input of several new members. The aim is to bring different aspects of art and culture together and celebrate the thriving arts community which exists in the town.

“It also brings visitors which is why so many of our local shops and businesses are supporting us. Look out for the new brochures in local shops, libraries, TIC’s and art centres by the end of July.”

The Festival is sponsored by Gallery North, Hailsham Town Council and Wealden District Council. For more log on to or call Jenny West on 01323 848216.