The fifth annual Eastbourne Festival will take place from 7 April and will feature a mixture of traditional and contemporary events across the town.
The popular festival attracts many national and international acts while also giving the local community the opportunity to showcase their talents.
It showcases a collection of professional and amateur acts performing popular and classical music, dance, theatre, comedy, visual arts and much more.
Opening event ‘Streets of Eastbourne’ will feature dance, theatre, music and more on two stages. There will also be street dance, hoopla and a number of workshops available so you can give some things a go yourself.
On the High Street there will be a street market with an information stall where you can find out more and book tickets for the exciting up-coming events.
These include radical folk singer Roy Bailey and former politician Tony Benn performing ‘The Writing on the Wall’, a look at how we got to where we are now, and what’s next with a mixture of words and song.
Jacqui Dankworth, the highly acclaimed British jazz singer, who also turns her hand to folk and the blues will be in concert. A bit of a contrast to French folk duo Rag Mama Rag who will be bringing their contagious Mississippi blues performed on an array instruments including ukuleles, spoons and lapsteel.
There are a number of Artists’ Open Houses throughout the festival for a more intimate artistic experience and Catalyst Arts will be running workshops so you can have a go yourself.
‘The Happening’, which combines live performance, art, music and mixed media performance to explore eclectic underground art forms, is also returning while the Grand Éclair is making its debut with some Parisian inspired art, chanteuse and afternoon tea.
As always there will be street performances from dancers and jugglers, as well as many free events across the programme.
Plus, if you would like to take part and organise a fringe event of your own there’s still time, just email the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This years’ Eastbourne Festival will start on 7 April and run for three weeks until 29 April 2012. For more information visit the Eastbourne Festival website.