THE FIRST Stade Saturdays programme which included music, dance and artistic performances has come to an end with huge turnouts for many events.
The season was produced by Hastings Borough Council with support from Arts Council England.
Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “The eclectic programme had something for everyone from the nautical themed events, Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac and the magnificent Pi-Leau, a sea themed multi-arts spectacular by the Dutch performance company Close Act to the world famous dynamic dance of the Hofesh Shechter Company who also spent a fortnight delivering workshops and performances in local schools and community centres.
Other events such as the exquisite jazz of Hastings’ very own Lianne Carroll, and the quirky Crafternoon Tea all helped to pull in crowds of residents and visitors in excess of 31,000.
“2012 will be remembered as the year that art and regular performances began on Hastings seafront and we look forward to a packed programme of events for next year – establishing Hastings as famously entertaining.”