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Amore Campagnie Bilbobasso Journeys 23 Hailsham

Three-day dance festival is a roaring success with over 1000 attending

French dance company Compagnie Bilbobasso wow the public as part of Journeys Festival of Dance. Locals were delighted once again for the return of Journeys Festival of Dance; a popular festival, bringing international and local artists into the southeast. The festival, already established in Bexhill, this year extended to Newhaven and Hailsham, to the delight of local audiences. Sandra Hui writes. Photo credits Sara-Lou Bowrey.

The festival kicked off in Newhaven Town Centre, with a pop-up appearance by Norcross Dance Students, a local dance group, followed by an evening show at The Sidings by Compagnie Bilbobasso performing “Amor” an Argentinian tango encompassing music and fire art.

Amore Campagnie Bilbobasso Journeys 23 Hailsham

The second day saw the festival continue in Hailsham, with a free tango workshop by Carola Degener-Pereira, followed by live music from the enchanting Corina Piatti Tango Trio. Hundreds gathered in the evening to witness the much-anticipated Compagnie Bilbobasso performance.

As the evening drew in on the final day at The De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, Corinna Piatti Tango Duo charmed audiences with their stunning performance plus Compagnie Bilbobasso once again drew in a large crowd on a somewhat windy night.

Amore Campagnie Bilbobasso Journeys 23 Hailsham

“Thank you so much for organising this event! It was brilliant and a delight to see something so different and exciting here. I’d encouraged quite a few others to go, and they all thought it was really enjoyable”– Hilary, a festival attendee.

Journeys Festival of Dance produced by 18 Hours, is wheelchair and disabled accessible and is completely free. The festival is supported by Arts Council England, The East Sussex Arts Partnership, Wealden Town Council, Newhaven Enterprise Zone and Rother District Council.  For more information about Journeys Dance Festival, visit the 18 Hours website.

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Posted 10:29 Friday, Sep 29, 2023 In: Performance

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