Hundreds turn out for successful Hailsham Festival

Hailsham Festival
Hailsham Festival

Hundreds of people turned out for Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture last week, which has been hailed a success by the town Mayor.

The festival, which ran from September 10 to Sunday September 21, saw a steady stream of visitors to the town and had a varied programme of events.

Visitors got the chance to attend a rich mix of art exhibitions, live music, theatrical events, children’s workshops and historical art talks, spread throughout Hailsham and surrounding areas.

Regular Festival updates, news and interviews were broadcast on Hailsham Festival FM (87.7), which featured great music and lots of specialist shows.

Exhibitions and workshops made up the ‘Art Trail’ this year and included glass, ceramics, metal and textile works from Sussex Coast Contemporary Glass, traditional and contemporary stained glass from the Labyrinth Stained Glass Studio and an embroidery workshop provided by Redworks.

Also featuring was the Town House Collective - a group of artists with learning disabilities from across East Sussex, of which much of the diverse work in their show was inspired by the Tour of Britain.

Music performers at this year’s festival included the newly formed Herstmonceux Jazz and Rock Community Choir which took part in the opening concert on September 13, the popular three-piece Memphis Flyers Band who performed on the same day. And The Wacky Band, a 30-piece community wind band which provided a feast of entertainment at Hellingly Church on September 18.

The festival culminated in a fantastic finale event at Hailsham Pavilion on Saturday (September 20) with traditional, Bhangra and Bollywood dance and live drumming from the Bhangracise Indian Dancers.

Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley said: “Once again, the festival was a great success and the local artists and entertainers rose to the occasion full of new ideas this year. There is an amazing wealth of artistic flair in our town and region and it is so rewarding to see such a large amount of people come and view the talent that Hailsham and local areas have to offer.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the festival for providing some first class culture and entertainment and a special thank you must go to the organisers who have volunteered their time and put in a huge amount of effort behind the scenes to make the event possible.”