Press Releases week beginning 17 August 2015
Community performers at the Stade Open Space
This weekend at the Stade Open Space is the ever popular Eight Foot Square Performance Day, devised and produced by Parrabbola.
As part of the council's Stade Saturdays programme this free event promises something for everyone but with a home grown twist; local community groups will come together to show what they can do.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration communities and culture explained:
"The Eight Foot Square performance day returns to Hastings this year on Saturday, 22 August and will take on the Big Top theme. Pulse School of Movement and Hastings Guerrilla Circus, amongst others, will deliver an exciting programme of local circus skills and you'll also be able to join a workout fitness rave with Active Hastings.
"There will be rhythm workshops activities with Community Scrapbands using junk including large plastic tubs, buckets, pots and pans, bits of furniture... anything that makes a noise when struck.
"Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will be hosting a people's piano recital where visitors can roll up their sleeves and perform on the keys followed by a programme of the best of local amateur pianists from 7.30pm.
"This event really does have something for everyone and allows local community groups to showcase their amazing and diverse talents."
Eight Foot Square takes place at the Stade Open Space, Hastings from 1pm to 9pm.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for the full Stade Saturdays programme of events.
Free app launched to boost tourism in Hastings
A new audio app for Hastings Old Town has been launched, with a partnership between Hastings Borough Council and Geotourist providing a new, easy to use way of learning the history of this mediaeval town.
Geotourist is a free smartphone app which helps guide and educate users about their surrounding location using the knowledge and voices of local people and organisations.
The launch took place at the Fishermen's Museum in Rock-a-Nore Road in Hastings Old Town. Present were the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling; local tourism officers; Geoff Hutchinson, a local historian who is the 'voice' on the app; and the CEO of Geotourist Shaon Talukder.
Shaon Talukder said:
"Geotourist is a free new, useful smartphone application to help guide and at the same time educate you about your surrounding location using the knowledge and voices of people and organisations around you.
"At its heart, Geotourist is a social media platform for audio/podcasts which you can make "location-based" using our simple free web portal. This means that you can take existing audio clips or record new ones and literally drop these onto the map for others to find as they walk through your home town.
"You can create interesting walks or audio trails for your friends and family to help guide and share local knowledge with others in this novel way. As users of the mobile application walk along the trail, the appropriate audio will automatically play to tell you why the location is of interest.
"It is like having all the best experts local in your pocket to guide you around wherever you may be, whenever you need them.
"We are proud to have been able to work with Hastings Borough Council on the Stade Walk project and hope that Geotourist improves access to local knowledge and encourages engagement of the local community and visitors with this historically rich town.
"We hope that more local people will become inspired to preserve and share their local knowledge and experiences in this exciting and easy new way.
"You can visit geotourist.com to set up a free account or download the Geotourist app on iTunes or Google Play stores."
Mayor welcomes 11 year old prize winners to tea in his parlour
The mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling, invited 11 year olds Ellie Fry and Frankie Ann Parish to tea in his parlour in Hastings town hall as the prize for designing a poster.
The competition was organised by the Education Futures Trust, an education charity based in Hastings, and every year 6 pupil at schools in the town and surrounding area entered it. This was part of their transition project as they move from primary school to secondary school.
Under the supervision of local artist Ed Boxall, students had to design a 'Famously Hastings' poster which incorporated some writing, some maths, and some art. Ellie Fry, who moves from All Saints Academy to Helenswood Academy this summer, won, with Frankie Ann Parish, formerly of Robsack Academy, and who is going to St Leonards Academy, coming second.
Every picture, around 1,000 in total, will be bound into books by Ed and displayed at the Jerwood Gallery in the Old Town over the weekend of the Seafood and Wine Festival on 19 and 20 September.
Cllr Bruce Dowling, Mayor of Hastings, said:
"Hastings Borough Council was pleased to help support this project, which encouraged all of the young students to think positively about our town. And the great posters they produced, which will all be on display along the seafront shortly, show just how good they think Hastings is.
"The winning posters were especially good, it was a real delight to welcome both winners to the parlour here and I was very pleased to show them around the town hall afterwards."