THE town’s biggest arts festival has been awarded more than £40,000 towards this year’s extravaganza.
Coastal Currents, which runs from August 29 to September 14, scooped £46,000 from Arts Council England, its largest grant to date in the three-week festival’s history.
Tina Morris, on behalf of the Coastal Currents team, said: “This money is to programme several large-scale free works – work in the public domain.
“This year’s programme has two international artists and companies, namely Frank Bolter from Germany and Reckless Sleepers, which is a UK/Belgian company of artists. Overall it is a more ambitious programme, aiming for new commissions by artists of national and international standing.
“We are also proud to announce that we have been granted our largest award so far from the Arts Council England, demonstrating their continued support in the success of this widely regarded festival.
“This year we have yet another incredible series of performances and live events, in addition to the usual mix of exhibitions, open studios and events.
“Free and accessible to all, we ensure that the festival and programme is as interactive and engaging as possible; taking place in public spaces around Hastings and St Leonards and bringing in thousands of visitors and tourists alike.”
Coastal Currents is managed by Creative Coast and Home Live Art on behalf of Hastings Borough Council.
Locally-based and artist-run company Creative Coast has managed the festival since 2009.