This year’s Hailsham Festival – ‘Art & Soul’ – has been well received by the public and hailed a success by the Town Mayor, as hundreds of people turned out to a wide variety of events held last week.
The festival, which ran from Saturday 8th September to Sunday 23rd September, saw a steady stream of visitors to the town and had a varied programme of events to capture the attention of the public.
Visitors got the chance to attend a rich mix of art exhibitions, live music, theatrical events, children’s workshops and historical art talks, spread throughout Hailsham and surrounding areas.
Entertainment at this year’s festival included performances from The Pilgrim Ensemble, Hailsham Choral Society professional opera soprano Noa Lachman, the Helen Sharpe Quartet and tribute band Abbalicious.
The festival programme featured an art trail with many venues participating and local artists exhibiting, plus performances of Oh What A Lovely War! by Hailsham Theatres and a crowd-pleasing event from Folk in the Yard, as well as a Singing Workshop, 3-Minute Fix film competition and Poetry Competition as part of the line-up.
“This year’s festival has been nothing short of amazing with some truly great artists and performers showcasing their talent across the Hailsham area,” said Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman, who praised the diversity and community-based aspects of the festival. “There was a positive atmosphere over the 16 days of events and I’m very grateful to everyone for turning up and supporting the town’s festival so well.”
“We are very proud of organisers for running so many high-quality events during the festival period, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants and attendees.”
“Thank you to funders, supporters, venue managers and promoters, artists and, of course, the local volunteers of Hailsham for all their hard work and time dedicated to the festival. We hope to see you all again next year.”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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