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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: , ,
Hastings 950 Tapestry

The new Hastings tapestry

Celebrating the people of Hastings 2016. 

Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling opens the exhibition with a representative of Hastings Lifeboat on his left and members of Zoom Arts (photo: Robert Maxted).

Zoom Arts exhibition opens at Warrior Square station gallery with mayoral blessing

Zoom Arts is holding an exhibition this week at its gallery in St Leonards Warrior Square station. The beneficiary is the Hastings RNLI lifeboat station. Nick Terdre reports.

Shadow

Hermit – a life on the margins

Hastings has its own legendary hermit, John Hancox, who lived in a cave in Ecclesbourne Glen for around fourteen years until his death in 1904. Sadly, homelessness is becoming an increasingly important issue in society, and now local community arts organisation, Radiator, has joined forces with the local wellbeing centre, Seaview, to produce a unique event based on John’s life. HOT reporter Cathy Simpson talked to Rebecca Child, who is leading the project along with Mary Hooper and Hilary Turner.

Photo Meridian East

Will you vote for Skeletons Out Of The Closet?

The team at the Craftimation Factory, based in St Leonards-on-Sea, are asking for your vote to help secure funding for the Skeletons Out Of The Closet project. Janey Moffatt writes.

Posted 15:33 Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: , ,
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