Festival fortnight kicks off in style

A stall holder at Eastbourne Festival
A stall holder at Eastbourne Festival

THE EASTBOURNE Festival kicked off last weekend with a host of events taking place across the town for the next two weeks.

Music, dance and visual arts are being showcased in venues across the town including concerts, performance, exhibitions and Artists’ Open Houses.

And this year sees the launch of the fourth strand of the Eastbourne Festival – Eastbourne Festival Fringe, featuring some cutting edge events.

These include the Green Fayre in collaboration with Brighton University and Sussex Downs College, a significant outdoor event including ‘green’ focused workshops, stalls and caterers, plus music and a bar in Gildredge Park on May 7 from noon to 6pm.

For the first time Eastbourne has its own Green Fayre, a celebration of all that is ecologically friendly. There’s a fun packed programme for the day including workshops, talks, live music and a fashion show. There will be free talks by Greenpeace, Fair Trade, Water Aid and Bid and Borrow as well as many free workshops, face painting and storytelling.

There will be food stalls and a bar and live music.

Visitors will also be able to try their hand at bowls with Gildredge Park Bowls Club’s Have-a-Go Day. The finale of the day is a recycled eco fashion show in collaboration with diploma students from Sussex Downs College who will model their creations all constructed from fabric that would have gone into landfill. Tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the gate. Family tickets are £15 in advance and available from tReds, 71/73 Terminus Road.

Mainstream Eastbourne Festival events include a Feast of Fiddles at Eastbourne College.

At the Under Ground Theatre there will be John Renbourn and Robin Williamson, Songs of Edith Piaf with Eve Loiseau, Fiona Barrow, violin and Eddy Jay, accordion.

Another coup for Eastbourne will be a concert by John Williams, guitar, and Richard Harvey, woodwind – their first in the town.

There is a series of Festival Concerts at Eastbourne Parish Church including Eastbourne’s new early music chamber choir – Lux Aeterna; Iain Gibbs, violin; and Janine Willard, mezzo-soprano with John Wardle, piano and organ.

Today (Friday April 29), Eastbourne Photographic Society’s Photographic Exhibition is at The Barn, Eastbourne Parish Church from 12pm – 5pm and there will also be a tour of St Mary’s, Eastbourne Parish Church at 2.15pm.

On Sunday May 2 the SHOUT! Singalong is taking place at Eastbourne bandstand at 3pm.

Further details are available at the Tourist Information Centre or alternatively, log on to the website www.eastbournefestival.co.uk