Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Big House

The Big House
49 Prideaux Road, BN21 2NE
Tel: 01323 731792
Helen Warren – paintings and textiles
John Warren – garden and domestic ceramics
Julie Snowball – ceramics
Marty Waite – ceramics
Habibe women’s fashions
Rashida Russell – fabulous fleeces
Jenefer Ham – glass
Linda Lindfield – jewellery
Sonya Tatham – paintings
Amanda Zoe – jewellery and clocks

Open 3 weekends  7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22 April   11am – 6pm

The Dumb Waiter and the Lover

The Dumb Waiter and the Lover

Birley Centre, BN21 4EF
Tel: 01323 452255
European Arts Company present a double-bill of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter and The Lover.
 “Spot on comic timing” – The Stage
24 April  7.30pm
Tickets  £9

Street Dance Performance


Street Dance Performance
St Andrew’s School, Meads, BN20 7RP
Tel: 01323 733203

St Andrew’s School hosts an exhilarating performance of hip hop dance with children from local primary schools.  Free refreshments afterwards.
24 April  3pm
Admission free

Jump. Dutchman Michel Duijves with his flying (bass) clarinet

Jump.  Dutchman Michel Duijves with his flying (bass) clarinet

The Lamb Inn, 36 High Street, Old Town, BN21 1HH
Tel: 31640542559
Contemporary folk and own compositions.  Klezmer and dance to join in.
24 April   8pm
Tickets  £5


Crown and Anchor, Marine Parade, BN21 3DX
Tel: 01323 720545
A quartet with an exciting repertoire of English and European tunes and songs delivered with a strong atmospheric groove
20 April  8pm
Tickets  £5

A la c’arts


A la c’arts
The Belgian Cafe, 11-23 Grand Parade, BN21 3YN
Tel: 01323 729967
Come and appreciate our in-house arts displays whilst enjoying a delicious culinary masterpiece.  From the stunning photographic works of the locally acclaimed Will Gudgeon, through a selection of our live bands such as Lackadaisy and Gadzook, taking in a selection of fringe arts like storytelling (Elizabeth Scott) and maybe even a magician on the way!  Do not miss this opportunity to feed your soul whilst feeding your appetite with our famous brand of continental food and Belgian beers.
Open throughout the Festival 10am – 10pm.  Please check our website for individual events.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Ska Toons


Ska Toons

The Lamb Inn, 36 High Street, Old Town, BN21 1HH
Tel: 01323 720545

The Toons are back!  Where ska meets jazz meets funk meets rocksteady meets soul meets ska!  Dancin’ time!
14 April   8.30pm
Tickets £6

Jazz at the Lamb – Deux Johns Orchestra

Jazz at the Lamb – Deux Johns Orchestra

The Lamb Inn, 36 High Street, Old Town BN21 1HH
Tel: 01323 720545

 ‘Open Jazz’ with this remarkable group of instrumentalists.  Original material, exciting rhythmns.  A musical story to tell.
19 April  7.30pm,
Free Admission

The Strand Gallery @ Kings Church


The Strand Gallery @ Kings Church
Friday 6th April - Saturday 14th April (everyday 10am - 5pm)??
Strand Kidz Art Workshops - Saturday 7th April 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
Strand of Gold - EASTER (An angels story part 2) Saturday 7th - 8pm
Sunday 8th 9:30am & 11:30am



To be confirmed
An exhibition of works by Critical Fine Art Practice, University of Brighton.  Please see leaflets or website for full details.
27 April  10am-4pm

Jeni and Jo


Jeni and Jo
40 Brightland Road, BN20 8BE
Our first Spring Open House!  Lots of lovely new things – ceramics, prints, textiles, cards and origami – not to mention cake!
9,14,15, 21 and 22 April  10am – 5pm

Small Spaces


Small Spaces
Casson Gallery, Eastbourne College, BN21 4JY
Tel: 01323 731006
7,8,9,14,15,21,22,28 and 29 April   10am – 4pm

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Festival Brochure out now!


We are delighted to announce that the Brochure for Eastbourne Festival 2012 is now available on line in .pdf format at You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file which is available free by clicking the link on the 'Registration' page.

Hard copy brochures will be available for distribution by event organisers and distributors from Saturday 17 March 2012. They can be collected from Planahead, Commercial Mews South, 42a, Commercial Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3XF on Saturdays between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. and on weekdays during normal business hours. Please help us to promote the Festival and your own event or Open House by distributing as many copies as you can.

Hard copies of the Brochure will be also be available around the town from outlets such as the Tourist Information Office, Towner, Eastbourne Library and many others.

This email will also be sent to event organisers and those hosting Artist's Open Houses. We apologise for cross posting if you receive it more than once.

We hope you enjoy the exciting line-up for Festival 2012!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012



Altered Egos

The Little Theatre, Eldon Road, BN21 1UE
One woman show.  Poet/performer Bernadette Cremin tells tales of six untidy lives.  Latest Award – Brighton Festival Fringe 2010.  Directed by Mark Hewitt
17 April    7.45pm
Tickets  £10, concessions £8

Artist Open House


Anne Barrell Ceramics and Gemma Williams Picture Framing

8 Milton Crescent, BN21 1SP
Ceramics with evocative coastal imagery, sgraffito jugs, delicious bone china and screenpainted glazed tiles.
A sale of frames, mounts and mirrors.  A selection of professional local artists’ work available.  An opportunity to discuss your framing requirements.  Tea and homemade cakes
8, 15 and 22 April    10am – 5pm

Artist Open House


Motley Artists Open House

49 Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, BN20 9QT
We have lots of new photographs, paintings, textiles, stamped vintage cutlery and up-cycled flotsam and jetsam!  Tea and amazing cakes.
14,15,21,22, 28 and 29 April   10am – 4pm

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Latimer Group


An inspirational collection of arts and crafts including artworks, cards, ceramics, handbags, jewellery, organic beauty products, photography, silk scarves and textiles
7,8,9, 14,15 and 21, 22 April  10am – 5pm
170 Latimer Road. BN22 7JD

Art at Meads Studio


An exciting mix of new relief collages, drawings, prints and photography based on my love of Sussex
8,9, 14, 15 and 21 April  10.30am – 4.30pm
4 Cranbourne Avenue, BN20 7TS

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Visitor

An exhibition of new work from a three year collaboration between artists Judith Alder and Clare Whistler. The Visitor series has developed through visits to Bunce’s Barn in the Sussex Weald, an ancient tithe barn at Great Dixter and the Freud Museum, London. Work originating in those three locations is now brought back to the site of the very first Visitor which was filmed and photographed at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne in 2009. The pair present a series of video installations, pho5tographic works, a collection of limited edition digital prints, live performance and responses to the work by guest writers Seb Doubinsky, Martin Felton, Kay Syrad and Martha Stutchbury with performance by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones and libretto by Mark Hewitt.
Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade, BN22 7AQ
Tel: 01323 410300
7 April  - 13 May  Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm

Monday, 27 February 2012

World Portraits of Fairtrade Farmers

A photographic exhibition of Fairtrade producer portraits from the work of Simon Rawles who has visited co-operatives around the world. Brought to you by Fairtrade Eastbourne.
Free entry
7th to 29th April 2012
 Urban Ground Coffee Shop
Postcode BN21 3JX
2A Bolton Road, Eastbourne

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Eastbourne Photographic Society

 Exhibition – Eastbourne Photographic Society

The Barn, St Mary’s Church, Crown St, BN21 1PL
Photographs by members of the Eastbourne Photographic Society including landscapes, portraits, nature and history
8 - 13 April  10am – 5pm

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes
Sunday 22 April, 7.30pm
Eastbourne College Theatre, Old Wish Road, BN21 4JX

Albert Lee is a musician’s musician with an impeccable pedigree achieved over many years of touring and recording with, among others, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.  Some of the best known rock ‘n’ roll and country musicians go to make up Hogan’s Heroes and they have been playing together for almost 20 years, taking in such illustrious events as The Prince’s Trust Concert, the Glastonbury Festival and a few Late Night shows with Jools Holland.  Eric Clapton has said of Albert Lee: ‘He is undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists in the world!’ …why not come along and see for yourself?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Phil Beer


Phil Beer
Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm
Underground Theatre, Grove Road, BN21 4TL

Phil Beer is well-known in acoustic circles as part of the duo Show of Hands, and has achieved legendary worldwide status with his exceptional guitar and fiddle playing.  His instrumental wizardry is well documented and he has worked over the years with countless artists, most notably The Rolling Stones and Steve Harley.  For many years, he performed with the Albion Band and co-wrote plenty of their songs. He has also made numerous forays into film and television music and studio production.  A big warm welcome awaits Phil for what is sure to be a sell-out show at the Eastbourne Festival.

Francis Perry Gallery


Francis Perry Gallery
Gallery Exhibition
67 Susans Road
Exhibition of orginal art, prints, sculpture, silver jewellery, ceramics, silver pewterware, woodcrafts and artisan gifts by local artists and craftspeople

Monday, 13 February 2012

Juan Martin’s Musica Alhambra


A celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar who has been voted one of the top three guitarists in the world by US magazine Guitar Player, Juan Martín learned his art in the land of its origin, Andalucia in southern Spain.  Flamenco is immediately associated with Spain but it took many influences from places much further away to form the music that emerged in Andalucia some 200 years ago.  In keeping with this cosmopolitan spirit, Martin brings to the final night of the Eastbourne Festival, musicians and performers not only from his native Spain but from India, Greece, Ireland and the Lebanon, for his celebrated Musica Alhambra show.

Sunday 29 April, 7.30pm
All Saints Chapel, Darley Road, Meads, BN20 7PE

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

Stacey Earle (sister of the legendary Steve Earle) and her husband Mark Stuart, who draw on the blues, country and rock music, journey from Nashville for this special festival appearance.
Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm
Upstairs at the Lamb, 36 High Stree, BN21 1HH 

Jacqui Dankworth

The daughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth doesn’t confine herself to singing jazz.  She is gracefully at ease in folk music, as well as being an imaginative interpreter of the blues.  She is, without doubt, one of our finest singers regardless of category, and has probably the most flexible and expressive voice of her generation.  Recent recordings have been made with Elvis Costello, Sting and Paul McCartney, and she has recently shared the stage with Courtney Pine at the Royal Festival Hall.  Jacqui comes to the Eastbourne Festival with a full song book, some of her own songs, some standards, and some you’ll have heard before, by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Paul Simon.
Sunday 15 April, 7.30pm
Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, BN21 4EF
Advance booking can only be made at the Hailsham Pavilion – 01323 841414