Festival was ‘a resounding success’

Hailsham Art Festival SUS-150909-105501001
Hailsham Art Festival SUS-150909-105501001

This year’s Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture has been well received by the public and hailed a success as hundreds of people turned out to a wide variety of events last week.

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

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 the surrounding areas.

Regular festival updates, news and interviews were broadcast on Hailsham Festival FM, which also featured great music, lots of specialist shows and much participation from local people, businesses, groups and organisations.

Entertainment at this year’s festival included performances by the Cajun Dawgs and The Memphis Flyers and there was Cossack dancing and music at Hailsham Pavilion, a concert led by Hellingly Church Choir, jive dancing, baroque singing, barn dancing and other live entertainment.

The programme also featured creative workshops, art history talks, literary events, and a film competition as part of the line-up.

The usual displays of local artistic talent took place with the Art Trail throughout the festival period.

Deputy Town Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Cllr Amanda O’Rawe hailed an outstanding 11 days.

She said: “It’s evident that this year’s festival has grown significantly and has also attracted new audiences from across the region.

“Local artists and entertainers rose to the occasion, full of new ideas, and the level of support for what was a very diverse programme was simply outstanding.

“We are still waiting for more information to come but can safely say the 2015 festival was a resounding success.”

A post-festival party will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at Gallery North, from 7-8.30pm. Those who exhibited, performed, sponsored, publicised, organised, hosted and just generally provided support are invited to go and have a browse around the festival exhibition and give feedback on any successes, improvements needed and any suggestions for making next year’s tenth anniversary a festival to remember.

Visit hailshamartsfestival.co.uk for more information.

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