Press Releases week beginning 18 July 2016
Ken does it again!
Ken Dullaway, Hastings Borough Council's StreetGames project co-ordinator has been recognised nationally by the Football Association (FA).
"He has been recognised for his work with young people in Hastings winning the FA Football Futures national award in the category of Outstanding Adult Supporting Youth Leaders" said Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for leisure.
She added: "The FA only present five awards so this is a very prestigious award, and one that Ken really deserves. He works tirelessly for the young people of Hastings in his role for the council delivering sports activities and supporting young people to gain coaching qualifications. Well Done Ken!"
Ken will be travelling to St Georges Park, the English Football Association's national football centre on a 330-acre site at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire on 26 July to receive his award.
Girls only football takes place at Alexandra Park Multi-Use Games Area on Wednesday evenings 5.30 - 6.30pm - all abilities welcome.
For more information about activities in Hastings visit www.activehastings.org.uk
Journeys Dance Festival 2016
Journeys dance festival is an exciting annual, free festival offering a diverse programme of accessible dance events and activities for all.
Supported by Hastings Borough Council and as part of the free Stade Saturdays programme, the festival will feature the UK premiere of Mayottian Dance from the archipelago of Mayotte in the Indian ocean.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for culture explained:
"The festival takes place in locations across Hastings and Rother every summer and this year brings together forty dancers from the archipelago of Mayotte to perform for the first time. Their performance will fuse traditional Mayottian dance with contemporary western music and will also incorporate performances from local dance groups."
This event, coordinated by 18 Hours Events in collaboration with the UK's only Mayottian resident, Anyme Abdullah will also play host to Ghanaian born percussion master Afla Sackey and his band Afrik Bawantu.
"This will be a great evening. The fun starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 July at the Stade Open Space with something for everyone; even Mayottian face painting!" added Cllr Poole.
To find out more about the Stade Saturdays full programme of events visit: http://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays or pick up a programme from the Tourist Information Centre.
Mightier than the Sword - Schools participate in ROOT1066 Festival
Schools across Hastings and Rother have been working with local artists to respond to one of the biggest events in British history, the Battle of Hastings.
To commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle and as part of the ROOT1066 Contemporary Arts Festival, Hastings and Rother Arts and Education Network (HRAEN) commissioned artists Lee Shearman and Steve Tasane to produce toolkits for schools to download and use in their classrooms.
Using these toolkits and working with Lee Shearman schools have produced pop-up accordion books based on the Bayeux tapestry and written poetry inspired by the Battle with Steve Tasane.
An exhibition of pupil's work 'Mightier than the Sword' was launched on Friday (15 July) at The Source Park, Hastings. The work includes artwork, poetry and stories and will be on display until 16 September 2016 in the viewing gallery of the main park with free admission to view.
Visit www.1066contemporary.com to see the full programme of ROOT1066 Arts Festival events.
50 participants needed for interactive show about Hastings
A magical three-day theatre show will take place up on Ladies' Parlour this September, inspired by Hastings and performed by Hastingers. Could you be one of them?
The project, which is part of the ROOT1066 International Festival, is being led by WildWorks - a theatre company who have developed a national and international reputation for their unique style and the way they involve local participants. It is inspired by the Domesday Book of 1086, a manuscript record of the 'Great Survey' of England and Wales. But whereas the first Great Survey focused on the country's physical wealth in terms of land, livestock and other possessions, this one will focus on the town's greatest riches: its people and communities.
"This promises to be a fascinating event and a real opportunity to celebrate everything we know and love about our town and community," said Cllr Peter Chowney, the leader of Hastings Borough Council. "WildWorks are known for attracting new people to the performing arts, both as participants and as audiences, and it's a privilege to welcome them to Hastings."
No previous performance experience is necessary - WildWorks will simply be asking you to share your experiences and be yourselves. It will be a gentle research and rehearsal process, to create a rolling performance installation, rather than a traditional theatre show.
"We want to celebrate everyone who has chosen to live here," says Bill Mitchell, the director of WildWorks. "We want to work with as diverse a cross section of the community as possible, to make an artistic archive of people who care for Hastings now."
Performances will take place from 9 to 11 September at 1-7pm on Ladies' Parlour (next to Hastings Castle) with a rotating cast of around 50 people.
Participants need to be available for weekend rehearsals (at least one day per weekend) on:
- Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August
- Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August
- Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September
There will also be evening rehearsals on:
- Wednesday 24 August
- Friday 26 August
- Wednesday 31 August
- Friday 2 September
To register your interest, contact Stella Landau on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01424 451363.
Play in the Park returns
Holiday season is just around the corner and so are Play Days in the Park.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings team, Play Days in the Park will take place in Alexandra Park, Hastings on 27 July and 3 August.
"Play Days in the Park are two key play dates in Hastings" said Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for leisure and play.
"There's always plenty of free play and sports activities on offer for children of all ages and there's no need to book just turn up and have fun - Why not bring a picnic and stay all day!" she added.
Play Days in the Park takes place at Alexandra Park on Wednesday 27 July and Wednesday 03 August 10.30am - 3.30pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about Play in Hastings contact email@example.com or 01424 451051
Play Days in the Park is supported by Hastings and St Leonards Play Forum and Youth Partnership
Art at the Stade
Stade Saturdays played host to an Art Car Boot Fair with a difference on Saturday (16 July)
Huge queues of visitors formed early on Saturday morning in readiness for this very special event. Eighty artists, selected by the organisers of Art Car Boot Fairs, were set up on the Stade Open Space to sell their wares.
Overflowing with local and London talent, prints were on sale from Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, plus a talking Chicken Town hand- print from John Cooper Clarke.
There was also an exciting new collaboration with Marcus Harvey whose exhibition opened on Saturday at the Jerwood Gallery as part of the Root1066 Contemporary Art Festival. He was selling his Hastings Sand Castles, specially made for the fair.
"This was another great event from the exciting and diverse Stade Saturdays programme facilitated by Hastings Borough Council" said Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for culture. "A fantastic variety of art was on offer, all at affordable prices and I'm sure many were able to bag themselves a bargain!" she added.
Event organisers who have held Art Car Boot Fairs in London and Margate commented that is was one of their most successful events.
To find out more about the Stade Saturdays programme of events visit: http://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays or pick up a programme from the Tourist Information Centre.
Naiomi wins Student of the Year Award
Naiomi Sargant has won the South Coast College Work Placed Learning student of the year award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Naiomi joined Hastings Borough Council's Development Management administration team in late 2014 on a one year apprenticeship for which she has won this award.
Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for planning explained:
"At the end of her apprenticeship we were able to offer Naiomi a full time, permanent position with the team working on both planning application admin and as the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) Street Naming and Numbering Assistant.
"Naiomi has done really well, not only to win this award but in carrying out her duties in her role with the council. She was the main contributor to the team winning a Gold Performance Award this year for our LLPG which was awarded by Geoplace who manage the national address gazetteer. Well done Naiomi!"
ROOT 1066 Festival brochure is here!
Root 1066 International Arts Festival programme of events is picking up a pace now and we are pleased to announce that the festival brochure is now available.
Packed full of information about the contemporary arts festival inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the brochure can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre at Breeds place Hastings and many other outlets across 1066 Country, and downloaded from the festival website.
Highlights of the festival include The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects at Hastings Museum, Marcus Harvey Inselaffe exhibition at Jerwood Gallery, iy_project by Chris Levine, who recently collaborated with Philip Glass at Glastonbury, a spectacular light and sound event on Hastings Pier, PUSH a community opera from Battle Festival in collaboration with Glyndebourne and the De La Warr Pavilion, Fiona Banner's exhibition Buoys Boys at the De La Warr Pavilion and so much more.
Most events are free, but some are ticketed and tickets for these are now available via the ROOT 1066 Festival official website www.1066contemporary.com. Tickets for Chris Levine's iy_project are also available from the Tourist information Centre, Hastings.
Coastal Currents Arts Festival is supporting the ROOT 1066 International Festival with an exciting programme of Open Studios and events - look out for the brochure for full details.