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Still from 3 Stages of Lazarus Photo Manuel Vasquez

The multiple talents of Christopher Leith

Local writer and artist Chandra Masoliver is fascinated by the incredibly wide-ranging career of master puppeteer and writer Christopher Leith, whose work-in-progress 3 Stages for Lazarus was recently performed at the White Rock Theatre.

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Heather Alexander – Hastings Fringe Festival

HOT’s Sean O’Shea places the spotlight on Hastings Fringe Festival organiser Heather Alexander (HOT, Arts & Culture, Monday, Aug 24, 2015).  He talked with her about her background in the theatre, her hopes for the festival and her work as a drama teacher with local youth groups.  He also interviewed some of the young people involved in the festival.

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Local campaigners raising awareness of air pollution threat Photo CHDs

You must be choking

Local campaigners recently united to raise awareness of the risks to air quality by the building of the Queensway Gateway road. Earlier this year, following the case Gabriel Carlyle brought to the High Court, Hastings Borough Council – prior to the court case – agreed to withdraw plans for the road, as it would breach current UK and EU directives on air pollution.

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Transition Town Hastings

Transition Town Hastings

Just to let you know that we are lucky enough to have a Transition Town group evolving in Hastings now. The Vision Day was back in April, where it became clear what issues would be of most interest and importance to local people: food growing, transport, economy, energy, housing and waste.

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Heritage asset: the pier under restoration.

Heritage asset: the pier under restoration.

A chance to cherish Hastings’ heritage

Look around you! Too much of historic Hastings and St Leonards has been demolished or abused, or is under threat, but despite regrets some people really like what’s left in the borough, finds Bernard McGinley. Exceptional places are visitable thanks to the Love Architecture Festival and Heritage Open Days.

As if Coastal Currents weren’t enough, September also sees the Love Architecture Festival, which runs from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September. The organiser, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is orchestrating it in a partnership with Heritage Open Days, which is managed by the National Trust and has been an expanding success since 1994.

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An exotic dancer

So many people drift down to live in Hastings – and sometimes you wonder how and why. One particular person is Japanese, Yumino Seki, an exotic bird in our midst, who is introducing us to her European take on Japanese Butoh dance.

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International singer returns to St Leonards

Internationally acclaimed singer, Sarah Jane Morris, possessor of a deep and vibrant voice that resonates through to your soul, returns to St Leonards on Sea, a place very close to her heart.

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Last year's Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour production of Carmen © Chris Parker

Opera – Barefoot and Emotional

St Marys in the Castle is to host the Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour of Donizetti’s great comedy L’Elisir D’Amore (The Elexir of Love) on Saturday, September 5th, HOTs Zoya Mathison finds out more.

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Hastings Fringe

Stables doors open to Hastings Fringe Festival

The Stables Theatre will hold the inaugural Hastings Fringe Festival in September. Hastings Online Times sent reporter Zoya Mathison to meet the founder – actor, writer and director – Heather Alexander to find out more.

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Cat Gerrard as Ferdinand Photo Crow Tree Theatre Company

A unique Tempest in St Leonards

Markwick Gardens in St Leonard’s-on-Sea is a magical location. It’s akin to stepping into a Secret Garden. Over the end of August bank holiday weekend, Crow Tree Theatre Company is transforming these subscription gardens into Prospero’s Island.

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Watery tales

What does water mean to you? Do you even think about it? Someone who does is Amy Sharrocks, an artist, whose creative life is bound up with the substance. She has devised several ‘performances’ around the element and people’s relationship to it.

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