What’s on offer at Arts Festival

Hailsham festival SUS-141209-114405001
Hailsham festival SUS-141209-114405001

A top children’s entertainer has joined the already-impressive line up for this year’s Hailsham Arts Festival.

Highly-popular Jamie Single, who last year delighted children and parents with his Jungle Book performance, is appearing on Saturday, September 20 at the Whitehouse Primary School in Hailsham as part of the festival.

This year, Jamie will present ‘Be Active’ – a fun, sporty show designed to encourage and inspire children. The show will be fully interactive with music, singing, games and a fancy dress parade of sporting heroes.

Festival organiser Jenny West said, “Jamie’s performance filled the Hailsham Pavilion last year. He needs more space for this new show as all the children will be jumping and moving around - they can dress up as their favourite sports hero if they want or just wear shorts and t-shirts, it will be lively and fun, a great way to encourage activity.”

The festival opened on Saturday (September 12) at Hailsham Parish Church and saw the newly-formed Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Community choir perform for the first time. The choir includes many established singers from the surrounding area.

Earlier in the day, the Memphis Flyers rocked by the war memorial and Project Catwalk put on a fashion parade. The Highly Strung Puppet Workshop also took place at the Square café.

The festival continues until September 21 and the comprehensive ten-day programme includes a barn dance, poetry, drama, monologues, folk, jazz, Wacky Band, classical, art history, story telling, workshops, film competition, art exhibition and wine tasting. The Festival art trail begins in Hailsham and takes in Hellingly, Rushlake Green, Bodle Street, Herstmonceux and Wilmington, where visitors will see a wide variety of paintings and arts and crafts, with most places serving tea, coffee and home-made cakes.

The finale highlight will be the Indian dance company Bhangracise, which performs a mixture of traditional Indian dance and highly energetic Bollywood and Bhangra. The performance includes live Dohll drumming and a stage workshop. Hailsham festival fm 87.7 will be on air throughout the festival with interviews, music and local stories.

Festival programmes can be found in many shops and pubs in the area or at Gallery North and Chapter 12 in Hailsham town centre. Alternatively visit http://www.hailshamartsfestival.co.uk/ to see the full festival line up and information about events. For more information, contact Jenny West on 01323 848216.