Coastal Currents begins

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RETURNING for a twelfth year bigger and better than ever, the Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival offers a programme of events designed to entertain and enthral.

The festival launches tomorrow (August 27) in a spectacular fashion with Spotlight, an evening of performances, installations and interactive events, taking place all along the seafront from St Leonards to Hastings from 4 to 10pm.

Think ukelele orchestra, a tightwire show, and an illuminated procession of bespoke bicycles, to name but a few of the events set to take place.

Spotlight and the Coastal Currents festival is organised by Sarah Yates and Lorna Crabbe of Creative Coast with support from Hastings Borough Council.

Sarah said: “After the success of the Rost:Licht work on the seafront last year, our aim for Spotlight was to use the promenade as a platform to coordinate an exciting large scale event that would act as a catalyst to bring the communities of Hastings and St Leonards together.”

Lorna added: “We wanted something that would start the festival off with a bit of a bang.

“A lot of it is fun and interactive and it is all free. Hopefully it is something that a lot of different people will enjoy, both artists and non-artists.”

The official Coastal Currents opening is at the Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, where there will be speeches, refreshments, performances, and activities for the whole family.

All performances and events featured as part of Spotlight, have been specially commissioned and feature both established and emerging artists, from the local area and further afield.

These include Hastings Urban Bikes, BuildBrighton, Jenny Edbrooke, the Pier Society, Brighton Life Drawing, the Bohemia Ukulele Orchestra, Eight Foot Square, sound artist James Brewster, and community group Radiator Arts.

The new stade development is to provide a focal point for the festival, and there will be a range of work on display here including an exhibition of selected works within the festival, a series of photographs on seafront billboards by Parkwood College sixth formers, Smalls interactive performance by Jenny Edbrooke, and the Tiny Travelling Tightrope Show.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration and marketing at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is the 12th year we’ve supported Coastal Currents, and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to continue to do so.

“The festival allows aspiring artists to showcase their talents, while making free activities available to the public.

“Once again, we’re embarking on a month of exciting and intriguing events – I’m sure there’ll be something there to interest and astonish everyone!”

For more information visit www.coastalcurrents.org.uk, email info@coastalcurrents.org.uk or phone 07975 872075.