Press Releases: week beginning 29 September 2014
Afro Cuban band Grupo Lokito set to close Stade Saturdays season.
The final performance of the Stade Saturdays programme will take place this weekend on Saturday 04 October at 7.30pm
Cllr Peter Chowney, the council's lead member for regeneration said:
"This year's Stade Saturdays season packed full of free events has once again been truly excellent. With music, dance, food and theatre events, there really has been something for everyone.
"A blend of Kinshasa and Havana from the Afro Cuban band, Grupo Lokito will provide the entertainment this Saturday. Their fusion of contemporary Congolese Soukous, Cuban Salsa and hot African dance spiced with Afro Cuban rhythms will surely get everyone up and dancing - a fitting way to end the Stade Saturdays season.
"Make the most of the evening by attending the African / Latin dance workshop on Saturday afternoon from 2pm at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery where Sharadarae Kasumu will teach you a mix of these great dance styles."
Grupo Lokito will mark the end of this year's Stade Saturdays programme but also the start of the annual AfriKàBa festival; a festival of high quality African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture.
Hastings, Famously Popular
A recent independent survey by Tourism South East on the state of tourism in Hastings showed that the town had bucked the national trend in 2013, recording more visitors in every area compared to 2012. There was an increase of 1.3% in the number of ‘domestic’ (trips from within Great Britain) staying trips made to Hastings; across Great Britain there was a 2.5% fall in the number of visits. The number of staying trips to Hastings from overseas increased by 7.4%, while the national figure was up by 7.0%. And whilst the number of day trips made across the country fell by 7.2%, the number of day trippers coming to Hastings increased, by 1.6%.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for marketing at Hastings Borough Council, welcomed the news. He said “These figures prove what many of us have thought, that Hastings is becoming more and more popular with visitors!
“The report also suggests that tourism is worth an incredible £253m to the local economy, and supports around 5280 jobs.
“We’ve had a great year this year too, and a super September, with the weather really helping the town to shine. And as we look forward to the pier reopening, the BMX and skateboard venue opening at the White Rock, and, of course, the 950 th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016, I am sure that the visitor economy will continue to grow here.”
Multiculturalism, British-ness and Community Cohesion
A cohesive Hastings is important for everyone, and is central to the vision and objectives of the Hastings and St Leonards Sustainable Community Strategy.
Over the last five years, a lot has been achieved in creating a cohesive community; however, current world and UK events could potentially undermine peoples’ perception of social cohesion and have a negative impact at a local level. There is still work to be done in order to ensure that Hastings is perceived by all as a welcoming, safe and inclusive town.
The annual Afrikàba Debate provides a safe space for asking challenging questions and addressing issues that are important to all of us. This year AfriKàBa brings together two respected speakers with wide experience and national and international perspectives.
Professor Gus John is an expert on matters relating to equality, diversity and social mobility and Professor Ted Cantle established the former Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) in 2005, which became the UK’s leading authority on community cohesion and inter-cultural relations
Come and join the debate presented by AfriKàBa 2014 and sponsored by Hastings Borough Council as part of the Black History Month program, on Wednesday 08 October at Sussex Coast College, Hastings. Free entry from 5.15 pm for a 5.30 pm start. More details about this event can be found at www.afrikaba.co.uk
Jobs fund helps businesses bind SUCCESS
Businesses in Hastings and Rother could benefit from a growth fund worth up to £150,000 if they are adding or safeguarding creative jobs in their workplace.
The SUCCESS fund can provide up to 50% match funding to help the growth plans of businesses looking to develop their in house creative functions such as design, web development, programming, software and printing or for providing creative services or using sporting activities to help build a cultural legacy. Applicants can also access a package of wraparound business support as part of the programme.
Supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, awards from the SUCCESS fund have already helped a number of local businesses kick start their plans for growth and achieve their goals, including leather crafter Ackby Workshops, music industry leaders Immersive Album and STL Recording Studios.
Sonny Symes, of STL Studios, credited the SUCCESS fund with helping him realise a lifelong dream:
"SUCCESS is amazing. I couldn't believe it was real when I first heard about it, as I had been searching for something like it last year. It is a dream come true to be involved with people that can and most importantly want to help you achieve, and genuinely wish you every success. You have to be willing to put in the hard work, but if you are then the SUCCESS team will help you every step of the way. Every time I have needed advice or help on anything someone has been there straight away, it has made a huge difference to me growing my business, and to put it simply it has changed my life. Thank you SUCCESS."
Cllr Peter Chowney, Lead Member for Regeneration, has welcomed the scheme:
“Hastings and Rother has a thriving creative sector and SUCCESS gives us an opportunity to support it financially as well as strategically. Being able to help growing businesses with an award of up to 50% of their total investment is a fantastic opportunity for both the businesses themselves and the Hastings area.”
The fund is only available for a short time, so don’t leave it too late to get in touch. To kick-start your own plans for growth, contact the SUCCESS team today on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01424 451014.