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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 altpitch.org Anastasia Witts Appleyard Fox Art Artist Esther Francis Galton genetics Virtual Reality VR

Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures 2019

Sunday 8 December will see the 10th annual Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures, this year being held at the Concordia Hall in St Leonards. The event began in 2010, organised by the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum and the Hastings Intercultural Organisation. It was conceived as a companion event for the Garden of Delights, which earlier that year had enjoyed its first success in St Leonards Gardens. John Enefer writes.

Posted 07:12 Monday, Dec 2, 2019 In: Festivals Tags: Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures

Hastings International Piano Festival to open next year

Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Hastings International Piano festival. Presented by the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, the event will be held at both the White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle from February 26 to March 8 2020. The following press release was sent highlighting the big names and attractions to be featured next year.

Posted 18:09 Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 In: Festivals Tags: Hastings Piano st mary in the castle White Rock Theatre

Hastings Herring Fair returns next weekend!

The Hastings Herring Fair is set to return for an eighth year this November 23-24 on the Stade open space. The event will be free to enter and will serve a variety of delectable local fish dishes, as well as offering food and drink stalls and live bands. Festival organiser Stella Landau talks about what to expect in the following press release.

Posted 18:06 Friday, Nov 15, 2019 In: Festivals Tags: Hastings Herring Fair Hastings Old Town the Stade

Big Green Fair on Sunday brings fitting end to sustainability festival

After a hectic nine days of activities and events, including Hastings’ first car-free day, the Sustainability on Sea festival culminates this Sunday with the Big Green Fair on the Stade. Nick Terdre reports.

Kanda Bongo Man stars at AfriKàBa

Kando Bongoman, a major name in African music, is the star of this year’s AfriKàBa, the festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture, this coming weekend. An evening of film is also included. Gwyneth Wint explains what waits in store.

Posted 16:13 Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 In: Festivals Tags: Afrikaba Gwyneth Wint HKBFiNN Kanda Bongo Man Nine Nights Veronica McKenzie Waiting
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