Hailsham gearing up for festival of art and culture

Hailsham Arts Festival 2013 SUS-141106-161633001
Hailsham Arts Festival 2013 SUS-141106-161633001

Hailsham is braced for a line-up of talented artists and a feast of music, dance, drama, literature and street entertainment as the town prepares to host its annual Festival of Arts and Culture.

The Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture, which takes place in September, is one of the highlights of the town’s events calendar, and attracts a cross-section of artists and performers from the South East and further afield. It also offers a wide variety of exhibits and performances to suit all tastes.

The eleven-day series of events will take place at various locations in and around Hailsham from September 10 until September 21 with the grand opening taking place on September 13.

The festival is being organised for the seventh consecutive year by the team at Gallery North.

Confirmed performers announced for this year’s festival include the newly formed Jazz and Rock Community Choir which will be part of the opening concert, and the Bhangracise Indian Dancers who will be performing traditional, Bhangra and Bollywood dances with live drumming at Hailsham Pavilion on September 20.

The programme will also feature creative workshops, art history talks and poetry events, as well as classical music, jazz, drama, comedy and a very special version of The Beggars Opera.Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley said: “I remember the many exhibitions, talks and displays which generated such a buzz in Hailsham last year with the improved festival programme. I’m confident festival organisers will surpass all expectations again this year with events, activities and workshops for all the family.

There is an amazing wealth of artistic talent in our town and region, and it will be an honour for me to be part of this year’s festival and invite the community to put the festival dates in their diaries.”

Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, chairman of the town council’s Festivities and Events Committee, added: “Alongside new events, old favourites will return to keep residents entertained and bring visitors from across the region to our fantastic and vibrant town.

On behalf of the town council, I’d like to thank those community groups and individuals in the town for all the hard work and generous support given to organising this year’s festival.”

A listing of events over the 11 days will be available at the beginning of August. Visit hailshamartsfestival.co.uk.