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  • Campaigners demand that East Sussex County Council and the East Sussex Pension Fund ‘cut their ties’ with Big Oil, outside and on the roof of County Hall in Lewes, 9 July 2024. Photo: XR South East

    Climate campaigners scale County Hall roof to demand ESCC cuts ties with Big Oil

    Activists scaled the roof of County Hall in Lewes on Tuesday 9 July to demand that the East Sussex Pension Fund stops investing in fossil fuels. Gabriel Carlyle reports.

    On Tuesday 9 July around forty climate campaigners from across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove gathered outside Lewes station to take part in a bagpiper-led procession to County Hall organised by Divest East Sussex and friends. Continue reading…


    Five headline acts at Battle Festival Jazz Day

    Battle Festival will be holding a high-profile Jazz Day on the afternoon and evening of Saturday 20 July showcasing five fascinating and very different bands featuring some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, writes Dominika Hicks.

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    ‘Hastonbury’ comes to Hastings as care home hosts its own music festival

    Somerset may have Glastonbury, but a care home in Hastings held its own mini music festival for residents and their families, writes Lisa Pettifer

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    Becoming Tosca

    Puccini’s Tosca is beloved of opera fans: it contains several timeless, perfect arias, and is one of the most frequently staged. Why not? It’s a classic story of political upheaval, corruption, love, jealousy, rivalry, and ultimate death (especially death) and all the action takes place over twenty-four hours. Victoria Kingham found Becoming Tosca, staged this year by Prologue Opera, a fascinating adaptation of the original.

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    Cacti and succulents in focus at Alexandra Park greenhouse

    PLANTS large and small will be on show this month when experts bring their enthusiasm for cacti and succulents to the community hub of Alexandra Park greenhouse. Report by Lynda Foy, photos by Colin Foy.

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    Photopia Summer Exhibition:  ‘Living Light’

    After relocating to Hastings Arts Forum (HAF) earlier this year, Photopia wanted to collaborate on a new summer exhibition. Curators Chris Coombes and Derek Cottrell talked to Jude Montague.

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    Community event on Hastings’ housing crisis

    Hastings Housing Alliance are holding a community housing get together about the housing crisis this Sunday (14 July). Gabriel Carlyle reports.

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    Enchantment at Fairlight Hall: Curtis Phill Hsu’s Gala Piano Performance

    One of the most important events taking place here at Fairlight Hall is the International Piano Concerto Competition. That finished in March: this is the final activity of 2024, a concert given by the winner, this year Curtis Phill Hsu. Victoria Kingham reviews Hsu’s performance.

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    Farce with attitude: Bowler Crab tames shrew

    Victoria Kingham finds plenty to write home about in Bowler Crab theatre company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

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    Kelsey Michael and the Cornish landscape

    Singer songwriter Kelsey Michael brings song written in response to the Cornish landscape to The Pig on Friday 26 July supporting local artist Finnerty. She speaks to organiser and performer Jude Montague about her music.

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    Tymon Dogg wearing warm hat sitting next to model owls

    Catch The Clash collaborator Tymon Dogg play live at The Electric Palace

    Championed by The Clash’s Joe Strummer, grab a rare chance to see talented multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Tymon Dogg live on 2 August in the intimate surroundings of the Electric Palace as part of its Summer Music Season 2024, says Annie Waite.

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    Putting Labour’s landslide into perspective

    So, the expected Labour landslide happened and Sir Keir Starmer has entered the famous black door of 10 Downing Street as prime minister. The party’s massive majority however came on the back of a historically low vote share, while first-past-the-post also minimised the rewards for smaller parties’ millions of voters. Text by Chris Connelley, graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Dollimore walks it, while LibDems gain two East Sussex seats

    It was pretty much as the polls predicted both locally and nationally – Helena Dollimore easing to victory for Labour in Hastings & Rye, while her party more than reversed its historic losses of 2019 across the UK. Elsewhere in East Sussex the Conservatives lost two seats to the Liberal Democrats but held on to the other two. Nick Terdre reports, graphics by Russell Hall.

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    Walking the Fish returns on Saturday 6 July!

    This popular community event celebrating Hastings fishing heritage and our creative community spirit was created by local arts collective Radiator Arts back in 2002 and has been sorely missed in the festival calendar over recent years. This year the Radiator Arts is delighted to have been awarded funding to revive and renew the event – it’s a brilliant way to celebrate 20 years of community creating. Erica Smith wishes them a happy anniversary.

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    Damp, mould and disrepair: Southern Housing tenants stage protest

    Southern Housing tenants staged a protest in Hastings on Tuesday, saying they’ve been ‘living in a complete nightmare’. Gabriel Carlyle reports.

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    America Ground: the Musical goes down a storm

    Life in Hastings 200 years ago was hard for many. Could free land make a difference? The arrival of the America Ground was an accidental experiment, now turned into a rollicking musical by John Knowles, Bob Tipler, and other notable talents. At the OB (Observer Building) in Cambridge Road, a full house roared its approval. (more…)

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