2012 Eastbourne Festival, Arts and Culture - registration is now open

THE 2012 Eastbourne Festival, Arts and Culture, will be taking place next year in a host of venues across the town – and organisers are asking the town to pledge their support now.

The festival - due to run from April 7-29 – is a showcase for local professional and amateur talent and is now attracting participation and interest at regional, national and international level.

The festival enables all strands of the arts from whatever part of the town to be drawn together once a year to showcase their work with others including local, regional, national and international professionals, to network with other associations from within the town and outside it, and to further their expertise by participating in a variety of workshops.

Regular events group meetings are held at which those organising events have an opportunity of talking about them, exchanging ideas and networking with other event organisers.

In addition, alongside Eastbourne Festival, organisers are developing the Eastbourne Festival Fringe which at this year’s event included 60s style psychedelic visuals, way out jazz, experimental performance and dance, short art films, Boudoir Burlesque and the Green Fayre.

Co-ordinator Helen Warren said, “Anyone who feels able to organise or introduce a suitable festival event such as a workshop, music, dance or performance or an Artists’ Open House is given every encouragement.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent both to the local community and visitors, and to bring all the diverse communities of Eastbourne together.”

Helen also said the festival relies on sponsors and friends for financial support and appealed to people to join the Festival Friends group.

For more information see www.eastbournefestival.co.uk, email info@eastbournefestival.co.uk or phone Helen on 731792.

Registration is now open and will close on January 31 and in order to get the festival brochure out in good time, organisers say it will not be possible to grant any extensions of the deadline.

This year entrants are being offered an early bird discount for those who register by December 31 2011, which means they can still pay 2011 prices instead of 2012 fees.