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THE organisers of the town’s newest arts festival describe it as ‘eclectic’ and ‘shot through with a healthy dose of irreverence’.

Trash Cannes Festival is a three-day event, which will take place at various venues around the Old Town and cover a range of art forms, from October 29 to 31.

From talks, film screenings and book signings to pop-up art, the festival is hard to pigeonhole, but director Keith Rodway is keen for it to grow into a larger annual event, which will draw people to Hastings.

He said: “If the Old Town is about anything it is about resisting pretentiousness.”

The punk ethos of art without pretence is central to the thinking behind the festival, and among the organisers, exhibitors, and speakers, are members of three British punk bands from the late 1970s, The Boys, The Shapes, and Mark Perry’s Good Missionaries.

Events on Monday, October 29, take place at Stade Hall from 7pm to 11pm (£5), and this is billed as a community arts night.

On the line-up will be a talk by Lucy Brett from the BBFC (Britsh Board of Film Classification), film showings including the British premiere of Becoming Penny, a documentary by Keith Rodway following the decion of St Leonards resident Penny Penagi to undergo gender reassignment, and Super 8 films from the team behind St Leonards International Film Festival.

There will also be art by Ben Browton and Kara Lines, and images from Katharine Wallinger’s Madrugar collection, photographed by Giles Duley.

Tuesday, October 30, is LGBT night at Electric Palace Cinema (7.30pm to 11.30pm, £6), though all are welcome, where there will be a screening of Entertaining Mr Sloane and films from St Leonards International Film Festival.

Wednesday, October 31, will be the festival finale, a fancy dress affair Phantom Punks and Princesses. This will take place at The Two Bulls Steakhouse (7pm to 11pm, £5) and features a book signing by East End photographer and former punk David Apps, and a talk by David Reid, punk turned global movie financier

“Compared to other festivals in the town it has probably got more diverse appeal,” Keith said.

Tickets are available from venues including Trinity Wholefoods, Butlers Emprium and Digital Media Print. Visit www. trashcannesfestival.co.uk.