Hailsham gears up for festival

Hailsham Festival
Hailsham Festival

A popular children’s entertainer will be appearing at Hailsham Festival of Art and Culture.

Last year Jamie Single delighted crowds with his Jungle Book performance. He will appear at the festival again this year on September 20 at Whitehouse Primary School.

He will be presenting Be Active, a fun sporty show designed to encourage and inspire children.

It will be fully interactive with music, singing, games and even 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.”

For Information about the show, pick up a festival programme or contact Jenny West on 01323 848216.

Two weeks ago the Express reported how the festival opening is on Saturday (September 13).

From 12pm at Hailsham Parish Church, the newly formed Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Community choir will perform for the first time. The choir includes many established singers from the surrounding area. Earlier in the morning the Memphis Flyers will be rocking by the War Memorial and Project Catwalk will do a fashion parade.

In the afternoon the Highly Strung Puppet Workshop takes place at the Square café.

The festival runs from September 10 until September 21.

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. Most places will be serving tea, coffee and home made cakes.

The finale highlight will be the Indian dance company Bhangracise, which perform 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.