Press Releases week beginning 05 February 2018
Music Month is back once again for 2018 right across the Hastings and Rother district.
This year Music Month runs from 13th February until 17th March, that's from Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday to St Patricks Day.
This means the 'Month' will take in major local musical events such as Fat Tuesday, the Hastings International Piano Concerto, the Hastings Music Festival, and much more besides.
One of the aims of Music Month is to highlight, promote and celebrate the sheer amount of music that is happening in the 1066 area during the cold winter months, when many other places are still hibernating after the excesses of the Christmas and New Year period.
But that's not how we do things in the Hastings and Rother area is it?
The vibrancy of the music scene in 1066 Country is now well known throughout the UK, and further field, but there are still a few people waiting to be converted to its musical diversity, and the sheer amount of gigs that take place on just about any night of the week, something many newbies shake their heads in disbelief about.
One of the highlights of Music Month is Hastings Fat Tuesday, which has just been voted the 12th best Mardi Gras event in the world by The Telegraph!? This year the Fat Tuesday celebrations are spreading their tentacles from the Old Town, further west along the seafront to the America Ground and White Rock area, with a couple of events that may fall just outside the official Music Month dates, but will serve as a tasty appetiser to the main course.
Sunday, 11th February sees a new event, Under The Radar, which will focus on new emerging talent. This takes place at The Palace, Brass Monkey, and On The Rocks, where a showcase of 11 brand new young local acts is being curated by Incubate (From The Eggtooth Project).
On Monday, 12th the 4th Un-Convention Hastings music conference will take place in the Sussex Hall at the White Rock Theatre. Un-Convention is a free all day music seminar, providing tips and inspiration for all those hoping to make a career in the music industry.
This will feature a panel discussion all about getting young people involved in music.
Full details can be found on the official Hastings Fat Tuesday website: www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk
But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events happening throughout the Music Month period.
Full listings of gigs and musical events taking place during Music Month will be displayed on the official Music Month website at: www.visit1066country.com/musicmonth
If you upload any photos of gigs and music events to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc during Music Month please use the official hashtag of #musicmonth1066, so that we can group as many as we can together for all to see.
Have fun and let the good times roll.
Written by Andy Gunton
Dreary British Winter exchanged for Tropical Heat
A large group, led by Isabel Hodger, one of the Hastings Friendship Link's Education Liaison Officers, left for our Twin Town in Sierra Leone on February 9th for 10 days.
Thirteen teacher members of the group will be using their half-term break to work in African partner schools sharing experiences to bring back to their classrooms in the UK.
Two additional members of the group, local solicitors Richard Lane and Jenna French, have sporting expertise to share, eagerly anticipated by host schools.
In addition to the work of the Friendship Link in schools, support for the Health Centre in Hastings Village has been a long-term concern and Christine Boulton-Lane is travelling with the group to continue her work on this aspect. Our friends in Sierra Leone regularly express the view that Health and Education are their top national priorities.
Schools and Academies represented in the exchange are All Saints', The Baird, Chantry (Bexhill) Christ Church, Hollington and Guestling Bradshaw Primaries and St Leonards Secondary Academy.
Classroom projects will be based around themes suggested by the British Council as part of its financial and educational support for the exchange.
Links between schools here and in Hastings Sierra Leone have been developing since the Twinning of the two towns in 2007. Roger Mitchell, who has been involved from the beginning, said, "It has been a real privilege to witness the impact these exchanges continue to make on teachers both here and in Sierra Leone and how the education of their pupils is enhanced as a result".
Fay Jagot, from Battle and Langton School, has recently joined the partnership and commented, "I have worked with children for 20 years, yet have never previously witnessed such enthusiasm from children to find out, learn and correspond across the miles". Corinne Harris from Dudley Infant School who has been involved for several years said, "Our link with Edest School has been an empowering project for pupils and teachers alike. Children both in the UK and in Africa have benefited greatly by meeting visitors from their partner schools.
As well as time to relax with partners out of school, there will be a whole day Education Conference held at the headquarters of the British Council in Freetown.
Some members of the group will find time to see for themselves the devastation caused by the recent mud-slides in the hills between Hastings and Freetown. They will meet some of the surviving but displaced families being helped by generous donations from folk associated with the Link.
It is hoped that a return party can visit the UK towards the end of the Summer Term.
Find out more about the Friendship Link and the work it is doing in Hastings, Sierra Leone at the website: https://www.Hastingshastings.org.uk/about/