Festival to make a splash

Anima. Photograph courtesy of Karavan Ensemble

Anima. Photograph courtesy of Karavan Ensemble

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THE Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival is set to make another splash this month with a packed three-week programme of colourful exhibitions and events.

The popular festival launches at The Stade Hall and Open Space from 6.30pm today (Saturday).

All are welcome to a drinks reception sponsored by the Carr Taylor Vineyard, followed by speeches from Brooklyn-based artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite and council leader Jeremy Birch.

Then taking to the stage on The Stade Open Space at 7.30pm will be string trio Kosmos, with guest accordionist Milos Milivojevic.

Their music is described as a melting pot of styles, from gypsy to jazz to Jewish, Turkish and Greek melodies.

Following this will be the award-winning Anima, by the Karavan Ensemble starting at 9pm.

Theirs is a genre-defying performance that combines dance, theatre, and animation.

The show has been specially adapted for The Stade and will feature guest dancer, Hastings-based Yumino Seki.

Alongside these events will be an exhibition running until Wednesday in the Stade Hall, Exico vol 2, by Marcin Dudek.

His exhibition explores the fascination with tunnels and unexpected openings.

Cllr Birch said: “Coastal Currents is part of the town’s regular calendar of events.

“It gives a chance to showcase many of our local artists, as well as to challenge us all with something new.

“Its name is growing as is that of Hastings - famously artistic.”

The popular open studio weekends are being held next weekend (September 15/16) and September 22/23, when a variety of artists’ work spaces from houses to sheds to beach huts will open their doors to the public.

The festival programme is available to pick up for free at various locations around town, or online at www.coastalcurrents.org.uk.