St Leonards will be catapulted 800,000 years into the future, and 125 years into the past next Spring during #ATownExploresABook festival.

The organisers of one of the region’s most diverse and imaginative festivals, now in its fourth year, are excited to announce that they will be exploring the fourth dimension – time – with HG Wells’s novella, and the world’s first book about time travel: The Time Machine.

Time travel in St Leonards
PICTURE: Sean Duggan

Over 20 organisations in the area are already signed up to take part in the festival, from April 2nd to April 20th 2020, with multi-media events ranging from outdoor art to evening performances, from exhibitions to interactive displays and wall murals.

Written in 1895, The Time Machine launched H.G. Wells’s career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. Its hero hurtles through time to a place where mankind’s actions have created an environment which has startling parallels to the climate crisis we face today. At the same time the book offers a chance to travel back to the late nineteenth century to investigate its perspectives on society and and the power of invention, for good or ill. 

Delivered by ExploreTheArch Theatre Company in association with creative businesses and organisations in St Leonards, this unique festival runs over the Easter holiday and is an invitation to the whole community to immerse themselves in an exploration of these fascinating themes.

Zoom Arts interactive wall mural at last year’s festival was one of the most popular activities. Image taken by festival staff.

Professional artists and community groups are already using The Time Machine as a catalyst to provoke thought and inspire artistic responses.

Zuzushii Art Laboratory with ExploreTheArch theatre company gearing up for ATownExploresABook20

Creative forces Stella Dore Gallery, Caroline Morris Millinery, Bavard Bar, Zuzushii Art Laboratory and The Zoom Arts Collective join the best of St Leonards cafés and creative businesses, plus much loved organisations Seaview, Active Arts, Open Door and Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, to demonstrate that all parts of this community have valuable insights and unique contributions to share. 

Creative Director of the festival, Gail Borrow, said: “Become a time traveller and adventure with us. With six months to go, now’s the time to read this fascinating novella and get involved with the project…We’ll keep you up to date with developments at and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.” 

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