Today is the first day of the annual Eastbourne Festival! Originally launched in 2007 to celebrate the opening of the then new Towner Gallery, the three week Festival starts on Easter Saturday and includes a wide variety of arts events in many different venues right across the town. I have blogged about some of these individually and thought I'd take the opportunity today to give a brief overview of what I'm excited to see.
Eastbourne Shout! returns in the middle of the Festival on the 19th April, again on Western Lawns. At the other end (perhaps) of the singing scale, Opera Coast perform La lingua amara dell'amore on the 6th. The 11th sees harpist Fiona Hosford at St Mary's and don't miss the singer/songwriter evening Birley Unplugged on the 16th.
Eastbourne Theatres are really getting into the spirit and have Noises Off, Blonde Poison, Oliver Reed and Charley's Aunt as well as Hardeep Kohli Singh and The Showstoppers.
There's art absolutely everywhere! I'm looking forward to Gillian Toft at the Da Vinci Hotel in Howard Square, Greetings From Eastbourne at the Emma Mason Gallery, and Nadia Wazeera at the Musgrave Museum. The Towner has the East Sussex Open and its 'sister' exhibition at the Linchpin, the Salon de Refuses, showcases artists who didn't quite make the Open. Plus there are dozens of open houses and studios across town - I really must make an big effort to get round these.
Have a great Festival and post your favourite events in the Comments below!
The 2013 Eastbourne Festival is sponsored by Stephen Rimmer LLP who are operating a drop-in information point at their offices in Hyde Gardens. Call in any day between 10am and 4pm during the Festival to pick up flyers and brochures.