Hailsham is set to celebrate next month with the launch of the eighth Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture.
On offer is a lively, ten-day programme of diverse and innovative events. Organisers say Hailsham is an expanding town with an ever-increasing population. They explain, “We have tried to ensure there is a variety of events which reflect the mix and ages of our varied community.”
Festival highlights include the art trail, jazz and rock community choir, film festival and competition, poetry, art history, music, dance, workshops, children’s sports show and a barn dance. The multicultural theme this year is India. The Festival art exhibition features a vibrant series of paintings based on Indian street life and the nationally acclaimed dance company ‘Bhangracise’ will perform both traditional Indian dance and highly energetic contemporary Bollywood and Bhangra.
Organisers say if you are new to the area and would like to be involved in the Festival, make yourself known at one of the events or contact them through the Festival website. And they thank the many sponsors and supporters, in particular Paul Nunney from the Hailsham Pavilion. People can also tune into the Hailsham Festival radio station to listen to Jenny West and the Festival team.
From 10.30am-noon on Saturday, September 13 (opening morning) the Memphis Flyers play by the War Memorial and there is a fashion parade at the Quintins shopping centre followed by the opening concert at Hailsham Parish Church. Wealden Parliamentary candidate Nus Ghani officially opens the Festival. The newly-formed jazz and rock choir from Herstmonceux entertains with a medley of songs, followed by the Southdown Singers and one or two numbers from Hailsham’s jazz singer, Linda and pianist Pete Willson. Light lunch and refreshments will be available in the refectory afterwards. On the same day the Tour of Britain reaches Hailsham.
Take time too over the Festival to enjoy the Hailsham Cake Bake, children’s fancy dress and a decorated shop window competition. For families with special interests there is plenty to admire such as embroidery, the Downland poets, history and wine.