Countdown starts to the Hailsham festival

Hailsham Festival launch
Hailsham Festival launch

The countdown to this year’s Hailsham festival was officially launched at a special event in the town centre on Saturday (August 10).

The Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture was launched at Gallery North where around 70 members of the public and the festival’s organisation committee turned out to celebrate.

At the event plans for the festival were unveiledand 10,000 festival programmes and posters were made available for distribution over the next month.

Festival Artistic Director Jenny West said this year’s festival promised to be bigger than ever.

She said: “It’s fantastic to see such a large crowd here today and we’re excited that the 7th annual Festival is now officially launched.

“As ever, the organising committee have worked hard to put together an inspiring programme of events.

“This year the festival is bigger than ever with around 30 events and some exciting multi-cultural highlights.”

She continued: “Over the last few weeks we’ve been busy creating the festival programme, posters and signs which will very soon be appearing around the town.”

The festival will run from September 7 to 15 in venues around Hailsham and Hellingly.

The festival programmes will be available in outlets around Hailsham and surrounding areas from this week and tickets are now on sale from the Hailsham Pavilion website and box office.

Events lined up for the festival include Americana Day, Ballet Nimba African dance, Children’s Workshops, an Umbrella Decorating Workshop and parade, festival film season, Beauty of Baroque Opera and Arts Quiz.

The full programme is available from

The Hailsham Art Trail and open studios will take place during the same period with the work of local artists displayed in shops and cafes. There will also be a Festival exhibition at Gallery North.

Information on how to purchase tickets is available at

The Pavilion is the official ticket outlet for the festival.

Gallery North is located at 70 High Street, Hailsham, and features work of local artists. Admission is free.

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