The annual celebration of all things artistic that is Hailsham Arts Festival has nearly come around again and this year's programme is certainly packed and varied. There's a party, a parade and a fiesta, two plays, workshops, concerts & gigs, talks and poetry, and even space left for art exhibitions, displays and open studios. Are you sitting comfortably?!
The Festival committee have produced a clear and detailed Programme Of Events which is available in printed form from Gallery North or as jpgs and an interactive diary on the website. Therefore, I won't even attempt a full list here, but will pick out a few of the events that particularly caught my eye.
The Festival begins at 10am on Saturday the 8th September when a pop-up box office will open in the town centre for all your ticketing needs while the Memphis Flyers serenade the queue with 1950s rock & roll. The Cajun Dawgs are hosting a Cajun Zydeco Party which should be great fun. Theatrical offerings come from Ropemaker Theatre Company, with Comedy Of Terrors, and Hailsham Theatres with the Alan Ayckbourn play, Just Between Ourselves. Downlanders are hosting an afternoon of poetry at Callenders and The Amrak Trio play an evening of jazz at Chapter 12.
There are twelve open studios where local artists will be exhibiting and selling their work. Each has different opening times and days so check out the website before you set off! Several studios are offering tea and cake to sustain visitors as you travel between them. Plus, an amazing thirty Hailsham shops are joining in the High Street Art Trail - pick up a map from Gallery North - and more work is on show as part of the Art in Empty Shops project.
Hailsham Arts Festival, Sat 8th to Sun 16th Sep.Various venues, times and prices.