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St Leonards Festival head-piece at Hastings Arts Forum

Local stained glass artist Alan Wright has recently installed this beautiful Marine Court head-piece in the window of Hastings Arts Forum on Marina in St Leonards. The carnival mask/head-piece was made for St Leonards Festival carnival parade in 2007 – for the first carnival parade which was in the second year of St Leonards Festival. Below, Alan tells us more about the head-piece.

Posted 12:29 Thursday, May 28, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: Alan Wright stained glass artist

Virtual Jack in the Green proves worldwide success

May Day means Jack in the Green, but in the era of coronavirus the festival had to go virtual. It proved a rip-roaring success, with viewers and participants joining in from around the world, JitG chair of trustees Keith Leech told Nick Terdre. Below HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick describes the novel experience of joining in the fun from his living room. Screenshots by Erica Smith – there are more below Brian’s piece.

Posted 12:50 Sunday, May 10, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: Brian Hick Jack in the Green Keith Leech Nick Terdre

Jack In The Green festival invites town to dress up and celebrate together online for the NHS

“We are very pleased to say that during these difficult times we are looking to bring the town online and together to celebrate our beloved festival, Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green”, announces organiser Keith Leech.

Posted 14:34 Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: covid-19 Dressing up Isolation Station Hastings Jack in the Green Zoom

Hastings Easter Festival Online

Posted 07:42 Saturday, Apr 18, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: covid-19 Darren Maylem Easter Feed'em Foodbank Hastings Inderpaul Sandhu music Nigel Sinden St Leonards Steve Waller Unique Creation

Khalil Patwa reads H.G.Wells’ words

This year’s A Town Explores A Book festival officially starts on Thursday 2 April with a live online broadcast of Khalil Patwa reading from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Last year Khalil read the whole of Robinson Crusoe in instalments to an enthralled audience in the Bookkeeper bookshop. HOT’s Erica Smith asked him about H.G. Wells, and how he is going to deliver this classic text to us.

Posted 20:04 Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: A town explores a book Khalil Patwa

A change of direction for The Time Machine

With national Covid-19 guidelines changing daily, this year’s A Town Explores A Book is proving to be responsive to the new non-contact environment. HOT’s Erica Smith reports on the present plans and what the future holds.

Posted 10:55 Monday, Mar 30, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: A town explores a book

Meet Gen-Zedder Brandon Relph

19-year-old Brandon Relph is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and the world’s leading youth specialist. He is currently the CEO of Studio BE – a disruptive technology and production company that lives in the intercept of traditional and digital media, focusing on the under-24 market. He was formerly the youngest CEO in the UK, (for a year and a half). This is why Anastasia Witts invited him to participate in The Platform arts and technology conference which was due to open the #AltPitch Festival. Sadly, The Platform has had to be postponed to later this year because of Covid-19, but HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with Brandon in cyberspace to learn what makes him tick.

Posted 19:46 Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: "arts and technology festival" AltPitch Anastasia Witts Artist Digital Arts Brandon Relph digital festival Generation Z Hastings

Meet Esther Fox: a very real VR artist

On Friday 20 March, Esther Fox will be one of the keynote speakers at The Platform – the launch event of the AltPitch arts and technology festival. Whilst all the contributors to the festival programme have national (and international) reputations, Esther Fox is unique in being the only one born and bred in Hastings. HOT’s Erica Smith visits her old friend and finds out how her art practice has developed over two decades.

Posted 11:10 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 In: Festivals Tags: Accentuate South East AltPitch Anastasia Witts Appleyard Fox Art Artist Esther Esther Fox Francis Galton genetics Virtual Reality VR
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