Hailsham Festival’s packed programme

Dazzling action from last year
Dazzling action from last year

The ninth Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture announced its programme last week - revealing plenty of opportunities to get creative and be entertained.

The multi-art form festival and fringe, which spans music, theatre, visual art, poetry, film, dance, workshops, talks and family events, takes place across 27 venues in Hailsham. It got under way on Thursday, September 10, and continues until September 21.

The festival promises to get the creative juices flowing with Three Minute Wonder, a competition for budding film makers to create a three-minute piece on their phone or camera.

A poetry competition, together with workshops on how to create a newspaper, how to build a ‘mini-ville’ paper town, how to paint with watercolours and how to jive, also promise to inspire.

The festival finale will see Sergey Yatskevych, choreographer of the Ensemble of National Dance Ukraine, bring Cossackshow, a high-energy Russian and Ukranian folk dance collective, to the Hailsham Pavilion on September 19.

Solo art exhibitions come courtesy of US artist Joseph Sevier on September 13 and the impossibly talented Marina Cruzer from Walton on Thames who, at 11-years-old, has already exhibited twice in London and once in St. Petersburg. Art lovers can also enjoy the festival’s biggest Art Trail to date, made up of 14 exhibitions and open studios.

Festival director Jenny West said, “This year’s Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture is all about getting creative, getting inspired and enjoying yourself.

“This year’s programme looks to be our best yet, with a wide array of things for people to see and do, including 13 free events.

“We extend our thanks to Hailsham Pavilion and all our sponsors for supporting us this year.”

Offerings from the festival’s diverse music programme include blues and rock n’ roll from the Cajun Dawgs, early classical music from trio Faronel, foot stomping barn dance from the So Last Century String Band and rock from the Memphis Flyers.

Visit www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk or call 01323 841414.

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