“Welcome to Hastings Fringe. The original idea for the Fringe Festival was to create a platform to showcase new and original work by local talent. As an actor, director and writer, I had a new play that I wanted to try out in front of an audience to gauge the reaction. I kept meeting other like-minded artists in similar situations; so the first Hastings Fringe was established and took place at The Stables Theatre in 2015.

Our first three years have been a huge success with many performances sold out. 2018 promises to be bigger and bolder – more events, more venues, more colour, more performances, more creative experiences. This year we’re showcasing an exciting programme from talented local, national and international performers. We hope you make the most of the diverse programme making up this year’s Festival and, above all, that you have fun!”

Heather Alexander
Artistic Director
Hastings Fringe Festival

Sin Bozkurt© – with Duo Bogof


Hastings Fringe develops fledgling and emerging talent and brings new work to diverse audiences. We use mainly non-traditional venues, bringing art into the community and challenging performers to create art in unusual spaces.

Artists gather feedback from audiences to enhance their artistic practice.

We celebrate social and cultural diversity by offering a platform to developing artists from LGBTQ+, disabled, and black and ethnic minority communities. This has included poets, actors, and musicians.

The first Fringe in 2015 featured a diverse programme, including film, music, comedy and poetry. We were described as ‘an undisputed hit with performers and audience alike’ Hastings Observer.

In 2016 we expanded our core programme with new art-forms, events, and creative therapy workshops for people experiencing disadvantage, offering new pathways into the arts.

In 2017, we started a theatre strand by programming two professional one-man plays and a Shakespeare revue; all received outstanding audience responses.

Hastings Fringe Festival is a Community Interest Company (No. 09919593)


We would like to thank the following sponsors and donors:

The Big Lottery Fund
The Chalk Cliff Trust
Hastings Lions

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