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Everyone can draw!

That’s EVERYONE! If you have any doubts, come to Hastings Arts Forum on Saturday or Sunday, October 22 or 23, from 10am to 4pm and give it a try, writes HOT reporter John Cole.

Posted 17:48 Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: ,
Usifu Jalloh

Battle Festival offers literary and visual delights

The third annual Battle Festival is officially underway this week after launching last weekend with the world premiere of brand new opera, PUSH, in collaboration with Glyndebourne Opera. “PUSH was a thrilling way to launch the festival”, says Sally Lampitt, Festival Director, “paving the way for a month of exciting international arts in Battle, with something for everyone.”

Claremont Photo by Richard de Pasando

Dedicated Creative Quarter at Claremont?

A few weeks ago I raised the possibility via the Yahoo group Hastings Creatives, of establishing an Open Studios weekend in Claremont, inspired by a similar event in Folkestone. Subsequently, I have explored the potential to establish Claremont as a Creative Quarter in a more formal way. Why? Is this even possible? Richard de Pesando reports. 

CreativeTherapyWorkshops

By Women for Women: want to take part? Creative Therapy Workshops

FREE creative workshops for women aimed at developing and sharing strategies for self-expression using photography, drama, writing and other art forms.

The Feast of the Dead by Dens and Signals

Root 1066 celebrates Battle of Hastings

This year – 2016 – is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Hastings’ attitude is celebrate while you can – why wait 50 years when you might not be around to commemorate the 1,000th? So this year, Hastings is marking the date with an international contemporary festival of the arts, ROOT 1066. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to talk to Festival Director, Polly Gifford about what will be happening. 

Diaries

Dear Hastings diary…

People have always kept diaries. The earliest known ones date back to the second half of the second century AD. Some diaries are kept for years, others abandoned after a matter of weeks. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths kept one for several years, so was fascinated to hear about Hastings Speaks, an invitation to all of Hastings to record their day on 12 May as part of Root 1066, the festival to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Photo John Knowles

New OB Collective

Dawn Dublin and Erika Holland have left The Observer Building (OB)… and the reins have now been handed over to The OB Collective. Catching sight of posters around town, the team appear to have lots of  inspiring creative ideas – and have been working hard to transform the space, making their vision a reality. Zelly Restorick asks John Knowles about the plans to make The OB a hub for community theatre, cinema and arts.

idolrich shadow puppets workshop. Halton Heights, Hastings, UK.

Dreamcloth Puppetry open day

Want to learn more about the art of puppetry and how it can enhance creativity, health and wellbeing? Join Idolrich Theatre Rotto for a free day of activity, exhibition and performance on Saturday 24 April at Ore Community Centre. Nicci Talbot writes.

Posted 15:41 Monday, Apr 11, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: , ,
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