Festival’s programme of visual arts

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THIS year’s Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival follows hot on the heels of the activities of the Cultural Olympiad with its diverse arts programme.

The programme has been condensed into three weeks this time around, giving a packed festival feel, with events running back to back.

It begins on Saturday, September 8, at The Stade with Anima by Yael Karavan and guest performer Yumino Seki as well as Kosmos, a female string trio with guest Milos Milivojevic on accordion.

Festival favourites such as the Open Studios return again, providing an opportunity to view and buy artwork directly from the artist in the environment in which the works were created.

This year there are several new Coastal Currents commissions including the creation of a permanent sculptural work with the local community called My Heart Belongs to Hastings by Strange Cargo, composed of hundreds of decorated padlocks.

It launches with an unveiling of the sculpture on Sunday, September 23 at 12 noon, at Goat Ledge, opposite Warrior Square Gardens in St Leonards.

Another is Seaside Hotel which converts St Mary-in-the-Castle into an interactive set of installations and performances by three artists Miranda Sharp, Sharon Haward and Marina Tsartsara.

For full details, pick up a festival programme (to be found all around town) or visit www.coastalcurrents.org.uk.