The return of Stade Saturdays
To celebrate the opening of the Coastal Currents Festival on 4th September, there’s free music at the Stade. This year the weekly Saturday night performances are replaced by a whole day of local bands on the Stade, including: Earl Grey, Wild Horse, Al Mitchell & the New Born Sinners, Hot Wax and Somnians.
See the full programme at coastalcurrents.org.uk/stade-saturdays-back
S’urreal Summer Show
The S’urreal Summer Show at the Stella Dore Gallery was curated to provide some much–needed escapism and colour. The show includes works by Mew and new perspex panels by Shuby, a female street artist well known for her sexy paste-ups. There are three panels by psychedelic artist DLR which form a neon explosion and a pattern solution by Petro – one of the UK’s most innovative UK graffiti artists. Lawrence Hosannah Myse has painted a canvas using the yard of the gallery as his studio and there are surreal and strange wall hangings by local talent, Sophie Barnard.
Stella Dore Gallery aims to create a space where new talent can meet with more established artists to discuss the battle of a life lived in art. After nearly 20 years working with street and graffiti artists both locally and internationally, gallerist Steph Warren is celebrating her third year with the gallery in her hometown.
Sea and Air
Sea and Air is an exhibition of photos by local wildlife photographer Michael Amos who recently returned to Hastings after studying for a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography in Cornwall.
Several of Michael’s photos have been in the media this year: ‘The Paddle Boarder and the Shark’ went viral on social media and was featured in national newspapers and led to him being interviewed by the BBC.
Michael says: ‘’I am absolutely delighted to be show-
casing my work at Twelve Hundred Postcards. The exhibition will include photos of wildlife taken both locally and also further afield, featuring animals like basking sharks, seals and dolphins.’’
See the exhibition at Twelve Hundred Postcards, 80 Queen’s Road, Hastings, Friday 27th August to Wednesday 15th September
Bloom Britannia is the ‘people’s’ opera that promises to be ‘a hilarious, raucous, challenging, action-packed, thrilling production celebrating the joy of singing and the power of music to bring our communities together’. Telling the story of one extraordinary day in the life of a seaside town, it brings together a cast of people from the towns of Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill .
Tickets cost £10-£25 and are now on sale for the three performances from 22nd-24th October at St. Mary-in-the Castle, Hastings. You can buy tickets on the Barefoot Opera website or from Hastings Tourist Office.
More details from barefootopera.com/bloom-britannia-take-part
Coastal Currents Open Studios
This year, The Coastal Currents Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever – it includes a range of events, art and music, films of artists, street art and the unveiling of a new beach sculpture. Open Studios is at the heart
of the festival – an opportunity to see local artists and makers in the places and spaces where they live
and work, either in their home or studio.
Studios are open all around 1066 country and Eastbourne. Download the Coastal Currents brochure at coastalcurrents.org.uk/2021-brochure-now
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