Thursday, 12 July 2012

Leaf Hall Arts Festival

Leaf Hall is a community arts facility on Seaside. The historic building looks remarkably like a church but I'm told it was actually built as a Working Men's Hall by the Victorian philanthropist William Leaf. There are a variety of art, theatre and dance activities going on throughout the year, but the organisers have really gone to town for duration of their two week Arts Festival.

I have already blogged about the My Eastbourne Photography Competition. If any readers have entered their work, do let us know in the Comments below! Entrants' work will be displayed throughout the Festival with the public invited to vote for their favourite. At the end, the winning photograph will be professionally framed.

Music events at the festival include the Tricky Beats African Music Night on Saturday the 21st July and the Bourne To Sing Choir on Friday the 3rd August. You can be part of the Rhythmfire Community Drum Circle on the afternoon of the 21st of July or join West End performer Helen Ward Jackson for an hour of singing on the evening of Monday the 23rd July. 

If practical art is more your thing, there is a clay Lighthouse workshop on the 24th of July. Alternatively, you can make a Garden Collage on the 26th of July or fish from recycled materials on the 2nd of August.

Local artists will be showing their work throughout the festival. Oceanic art by Tania Long and silk painting by Helen Warren, sculpture by Heidi Westgate and Sheena Bourn's colourful pier paintings amongst others.

There is a great pdf file on the Leaf Hall website giving full details of all the artists, events and activities on offer so download it and pop along to have a look!

Leaf Hall, Sat 21st July - Sun 5th Aug.

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