Festival to be the biggest and best

Guitarist John Williams will be among the performers
Guitarist John Williams will be among the performers

THE EASTBOURNE Festival kicks off next week and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

At this year’s festival, from April 23 to May 15, there will be even more to see and enjoy than ever before when a variety of music, dance and visual arts are showcased in venues across the town.

These include 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 excellent 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 (noon to 6pm).

Up-and-coming students from the Art and Design Foundation Diploma course at Sussex Downs College will be showing their cutting edge, recycled costumes during a catwalk show.

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 the exciting 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.

Others include music by well-known duo soprano Shirlene Billinness with Susan Winge-Bicknell, while contralto. Harpist Fiona Hosford will also be performing.

To find out more about this year’s Eastbourne Festival pick up a brochure at the Tourist Information Centre, at one of the participating venues .

Alternatively, log on to the website www.eastbournefestival.co.uk for a full listing or see Eastbourne Festival on facebook.