This year Hastings Storytelling Festival is happening in October (5th – 13th), rather than November, with another packed programme of storytelling for children, families and adults, and incorporating a broad range of local community partners.

Highlights include the free Children’s Storytelling Carnival Day, with live storytelling and performances including puppet shows, drumming workshops and the ever-popular Children’s Parade. There’s even a life-size show globe with a real mermaid inside.

Impossible Theatre return with a large, interactive, illuminated installation of three speaking and singing giant heads. These magically animated projections use the faces of audience volunteers to sing, tell stories and be the performers in this show. In partnership with Get Hastings Reading, Hastings Storytelling Festival are excited to extend the Festival venues to Hollington for the first time.

There’ll also be an audio installation based in Wellington Square – created by a collaboration between Anna Page, Hastings Thrives, Whalebone Films and young people from Hastings Academy and Robsack Primary Academy, based on a theme of Women in Science. The celebrated Sujata Banerjee Dance Company have been working with dancers from Sacred Heart School and HOPE-G for a performance with special guest Santosh Nair. Maria Ferguson brings her sassy, heartwarming, ‘Essex Girl’ Kirsty’s story about house parties, West Ham matches, choir practice – telling you what its really like to be an Essex Girl. Hosted by Timberlina, Mother’s Ruin return with an unpredictable night of cabaret, stories and performance with a focus on ‘Queer Futures’.

Further details and full programme can be found at: 

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