A cornucopia of culture for bank holiday weekend

Body art by Victoria Gugenheim
Body art by Victoria Gugenheim

A CULTURALLY diverse event combining performance, music and art, over three days looks set to take the town by storm during the spring Bank Holiday.

The Body Circus will combine the art of painting the body, with live performances from bands and DJs, costume displays, workshops and activities to suit all ages and tastes.

From May 24 to 26 this circus with a difference will bring colour and intrigue to a range of venues around Hastings, featuring both local performers and those of national and international repute.

Organiser Remi Vibesman said: “It is a modern circus involving elements of technology and varied skill sets from visual artists to performing artists.

“It is a circus, because it is mobile. The long term view is to move it around three or four times a year.

The biggest name is award-winning body painter Victoria Gugenheim, whose previous clients include the Black Eyed Peas and Nokia.

Her latest exhibition of work will premiere at The Stade on May 25. She will be transforming a human canvas into a work of art throughout the day.

There will be live performances at The Stade over the weekend.

On Saturday there will be music from artists including Brighton’s Kitten and The Hip, King Size Slim, Nana Tsiboe and Otti Albietz, as well as drumming from Dende and The Ecstatic Republic of Conga. On Sunday there will be plenty of family entertainment with workshops including face painting, circus artistry, and drumming, as well as capoeira and unplugged music. Also on Sunday at Black Market in George Street, throughout the day there will be a sci-fi themed experience complete with DJs, visuals and projections.

As far as evening entertainment goes, on Friday, May 24, will be an urban arts show at Brass Monkey, with graffiti, body art, street and break dance, and circus artistry, while on Saturday, May 25, at The Printworks will be two floors of African, Latin, Cuban and Brazilian sounds. Sunday, May 26, will see a rock and metal event take place at Flairz.

The events at The Stade and Black Market are free, while the others are ticketed.

For full details pick up a flyer or visit www.thebodycircus.co.uk.