Music and dance spectacle at the launch of festival

Kosmos perform at the launch of Coastal Currents. Photo by Alexander Brattell
Kosmos perform at the launch of Coastal Currents. Photo by Alexander Brattell

LAUNCHING this year’s Coastal Currents festival was a spectacle of light, dance and music at The Stade.

The event last Saturday (September 15) was attended by around 1,000 people, and began with a drinks reception and speeches by Brooklyn-based artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite, whose work forms part of the programme, festival director Sarah Yates, and leader of Hastings Borough Council, councillor Jeremy Birch.

On this balmy late summer evening spectators enjoyed the innovative string trio Kosmos with guest accordionist Milos Milivojevic, and were later treated to Anima, the award-winning performance by the Karavan Ensemble, featuring guest dancer and performer Yumino Seki.

Cllr Birch said: “This was an inspiring way to open the Coastal Currents Festival and we look forward to the full programme of creative events ahead. Hastings is famously cultural.”

This weekend (September 15 and 16) and next (September 22 and 23), as part of the Coastal Currents festival programme, Open Studios will showcase the vast and varied talents of local creatives.

This is an opportunity not just to view but to buy work directly from artists and makers, often in the studios where the pieces were created. From painting to prints, sculpture, photography and textiles, there is something to suit all tastes.

There are many highlights including new illuminations and other work by Philip Oakley at The Admiral Benbow, 2 London Road. All proceeds from the admission charge of £3 will go to St Michael’s Hospice.

Incurva Studios and The Work Ship, at 8-10 West Street, will be open with paintings, art boxes, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewellery, by artists including Leigh Dyer, Lucy Dixon, Ed Boxall, and Rebecca Child.

At The Beacon, a rambling Victorian house, below St Mary’s Terrace on the West Hill, visitors will find artists’ studios, Judith Rowe’s pottery workshop, an exhibition of artworks, as well as home-cooked food and drink served in the garden. Most studios are open from 11am to 6pm over both weekends, but some times may differ so check individual listings. Full details can be found at