Indian theme to Hailsham 2014 Festival

Artist Jeremy Bear SUS-140409-093010001
Artist Jeremy Bear SUS-140409-093010001

The eighth Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture 2014 offers a lively 10-day programme of diverse and innovative events with the multicultural theme being India.

This year’s festival will run from Wednesday, September 10 to Sunday, September 21 – with the Festival Open Morning and Opening Concert on Saturday, September 13 (noon).

Nus Ghami, Conservative MP candidate for Wealden, will be at the Opening Concert which is being performed by the Herstmonceux Rock and Jazz Choir.

Apart from an extensive art trail festival highlights include a jazz and rock community choir, film, competitions, poetry, art history, music, dance, live theatre, workshops, children’s sports show and a barn dance.

The festival art exhibition at Gallery North features a vibrant series of paintings by artist and filmmaker Jeremy Bear entitled My India is Great.

It is based on Indian street life and the nationally acclaimed dance company Bhangracise will perform both traditional dance and highly-energetic contemporary Bollywood and Bhangra.

Twelve established resident artists will also be exhibiting in the town’s unique, six-room gallery. The display includes a wide variety of photography, painting, printmaking, jewellery and pottery.

The exhibition is daily, 2pm-4pm and continues until October 26.

The Festival ticket office is Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham (tel 01323 841414) which opens 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday.

Alternatively you can book online at

Some tickets will also be available at Chapter 12 Wine Bar, 12 High Street and also Gallery North (cash sales only).

For enquiries contact Gallery North, 70 High Street (tel 01323 846938, Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm). More Festival details