Knotty festival reaches Hastings conclusion

Among the participants Harold Offeh (by Emile Holba)Among the participants Harold Offeh (by Emile Holba)
Among the participants Harold Offeh (by Emile Holba)
Knotty, a “festival of performance for the adventurous” enters its second and final weekend (June 14-16) at venues and locations across Hastings.

Now in its fourth year, Knotty is produced by Hastings' creative arts organisation, Home Live Art. This year's festival features work from 20 artists in eight events across four venues: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, White Rock Theatre, Mini Playhouse and Stables Theatre, plus outdoor locations in Hastings Town Centre. Most of the programme is free or offers a sliding scale according to what ticket buyers can afford.

Katy Baird, artistic director of Home Live Art, said: “Over the final weekend of the festival, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will be home to a brand-new artist commission and highly anticipated premiere for Knotty 2024.

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“The Hero’s Journey on Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 brings together community performers and local artists in a performance adventure celebrating the diversity, beauty and spirit of Hastings. Led by artist Anna Maria Nabirye and choreographer Darragh O’Leary, produced by St Leonards creative hub Afri-Co-Lab. Details of the show are closely under wraps, but expect an immersive and heroic experience.

“Meanwhile, artist Sonia Hughes presents I Am From Reykjavik on Saturday, June 15, with all she needs to build herself a shelter, which she will she create and later demolish as a temporary sculpture in the town centre. Knotty audiences and visitors can witness how Sonia and Hastings get along.”

For full performance details and credits, ticket links and access information, visit the festival website at

Home Live Art is an artist-led, queer-led creative organisation based in Hastings. It is dedicated to developing new sites and audiences for culture by supporting artists to develop their work and building strong local communities through creativity.

Home Live Art's mission is to electrify and diversify the cultural ecology in the towns of South East England through bold programming and innovative community-led work.