‘Best yet’ promise for Hailsham Arts Festival & Trail

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THE FIFTH Hailsham Arts Festival and Trail (September 9 to 19) promises to the be the best yet with exciting art and arrt history exhibitions, music, theatre, dance. Poetry with top performers and arists from across the South East.

Organiser Art Gallery North has created an art trail around the town showcasing artists’ work.

Popular rhtymic folk and world music group Contraband, close harmony vocal band Titus, local three-piece 1950s rockabilly band, The Memphis Flyers, and traditional Greek dancing group, the Lyra Dancers are all scheduled to perform at the festival.

A children’s event has been introduced by the newly formed Hailsham Art for Kids which will include fancy dress, puppetry, a performance by Rapport Children’s Choir and a special appearance by St George and the Dragon.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, will attend the official opening of the festival at St Mary’s Church at 12pm midday on September 10, with other guests of honour including the High Sheriff of East Sussex, Kathy Gore.

Cllr Bentley-Astor said: “I am thrilled to be given the duty of unveiling such a diverse programme of events and activities to the public. The Festival is an excellent celebration for all concerned not only of local and regional talent but also of national artists and performers.

“The festival will also give residents, particularly those who haven’t been involved in the arts before, an opportunity to go along to some of the workshops, have a taste of what’s on offer and, hopefully, find a new hobby or interest in the process.

“On behalf of Hailsham Town Council, I’d like to thank those voluntary groups and individuals in the town for their generous support given to the festival this year, which has been instrumental in providing skills and securing venues.”

For further detailis phone: 01323 846938 or see the full list of events at: www.artgallerynorth.co.uk