Anniversary weekend brings first cartoon festival to town

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The 950th Battle of Hastings anniversary weekend is bringing a brand new Festival to the town.

Hastings and 1066 Country Cartoon Festival has been created to commemorate the Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry, and to commemorate Martin Honeysett, the internationally-renowned cartoonist who is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Hastings Museum.

A series of free workshops and talks has been running as a lead up to next weekend’s big event.

At 1.30pm today (Friday, October 7), disabled cartoonist Crippen is leading a workshop at the Disability Inclusion office in Trinity Street.

On Saturday, October 8 at 11am, artist Rachael House will give a talk about women comic artists at Wow & Flutter in Trinity Street and will lead an LGBT ‘Queer Cartooning’ workshop at 2pm at Rock House.

On Sunday, October 9 at 2pm, Loulou Cousin will lead a workshop for women cartoonists at Rye Creative Centre.

On Saturday, October 15, there will be a gathering of the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation at Hastings Museum, with a panel talk led by Private Eye cartoonist Royston Robertson. This will be followed by a networking and dinner event for cartoonists at The Beacon.

On Sunday, October 16, the Really BIG Cartoon Day will take place at Stade Hall and on the Stade. From 11am to 4pm there will be workshops for all ages, cartoonists painting on giant-sized boards, caricaturists running riot and a series of short presentations from cartoonists and comic artists in the East Hastings & Sea Angling Association clubhouse.

To make sure that no-one misses out, performance artist Linda King will be driving around town in her yellow car-toon capers car, ‘drawing’ people down to The Stade to join in the fun.

For more information, visit http://1066cartoonfestival.co.uk.

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