On 14 October 1066 the path of English and European history was irrevocably changed. Two cultures collided - Anglo-Saxon and Norman - with a legacy that echoes through to the present day.
To mark the 950th Anniversary of the most famous date in English history Hastings Borough Council commissioned the ROOT 1066 International Festival; a contemporary, multi-art form festival, that took place from early September until 16 October 2016.
An evaluation of the festival was carried out by the University of Brighton:
- ROOT 1066 LIVE Final Report (.pdf 12,609KB)
A report analysing schools participation in the festival has also been produced:
- School Participation in ROOT 1066 Report (.pdf 615KB)
As part of the evaluation, a Toolkit has been developed to help artists and organisations evaluate their own projects.
You can access the Evaluation Toolkit here.
ROOT 2016 Brochure
Over the course of the festival there were numerous events to celebrate the historic anniversary. You can download a pdf of the festival brochure using the link below:
- ROOT 1066 festival brochure (.pdf 3MB)
The aims of the festival were to:
- Create a major event for Hastings and 1066 Country, with new commissions and collaborative projects from national and international artists.
- Build the capacity of the local cultural sector by stimulating new partnerships, developing talent and enabling ambitious work.
- Embed deep and broad public engagement, addressing areas of poor access and participation.
- Raise the profile of Hastings and 1066 Country nationally and internationally, and attract visitors to the area.
We wanted to offer audiences new perspectives on the history and legacy of 1066. We were interested in responses both to the history and ongoing legacy of the Battle of Hastings - from 1066 up to the present day. We intended for the festival's events and project to:
- Reinterpret history from a contemporary perspective
- Illuminate lesser known aspects of the battle and its aftermath.
- Explore the legacy of cultural changes instigated by the Norman Conquest.
- Look at modern day Hastings and Normandy and their stories.
We were also interested in creative collisions and collaborations - because interesting things happen when cultures collide. All projects we supported will needed to involve an element of collaboration between artists and/or with others, for example, from different cultures and countries, from different disciplines, with different abilities, between artists and the community (including with young people).