Now in its third year, the Hastings Fringe arts festival will run throughout the month of September opening with a pre-festival evening on Thursday 31 August. Due to demand, this year, the Hastings Fringe has expanded to include more than 70 performances to be held in over 10 locations across Hastings and St Leonards. This annual festival aims to challenge, educate and entertain through celebrating a diverse range of performance arts including theatre, spoken word, cabaret, music, film and visual arts.
Hastings Fringe Festival is an independent, inclusive and friendly festival dedicated to nurturing local, national and international performances by emerging and established artists from all arts disciplines. The flexible and organic nature of the festival means that further dates and venues are currently being considered due to high demand from participants. Festival updates will follow.
Artistic Director, Heather Alexander, a local actress, writer, and director, established the Hastings Fringe Festival in 2015 to give local, national and international performers, writers, and artists the opportunity to showcase new work.
“Hastings is vibrant, with a buzzing visual arts and music scene, however, there was—and still is—very little opportunity to try out new writing, especially on a tight or non-existent budget.
The Hastings Fringe Festival fills this gap. The response to call outs for participation in this year’s festival has been fantastic and we are delighted that we can encourage and support artists from all disciplines, at all stages of their careers.
For this year’s festival, we have secured more spaces allowing performers from all walks of life the opportunity to take part. We are also supporting our local community by giving audiences the chance to participate in workshops suitable for all the family, as well as our volunteer and mentoring programme.”
Hastings Film Fringe is an integral strand of the festival and has linked up with national and international festivals to provide a platform for filmmakers and performers to showcase feature-length and short films across a range of genres.
The festival films will be screened over the weekend (Friday 15-Sunday 17 September) at The Palace, an independent cinema located on the Hastings seafront.
Artistic Director Heather Alexander, photo Alex Hunt
Hastings Fringe Festival
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Hastings Fringe Festival Artistic Director Heather Alexander trained in Hastings before attending Laine Theatre Arts. After graduating she became a founder member of Hot Gossip and toured nationally and internationally as well performing on the Kenny Everett show. Heather’s acting credits include TV as well as starring roles in the West End. She worked as a casting director in London and has coached celebrity presenters and actors. Heather also writes and produces her own plays and runs two theatre companies, Emul8, and Goddess In The Gutter.
The Palace, Hastings is located on the seafront between Hastings and St Leonards. The Palace is a “venue for everyone” and hosts an eclectic programme of events. There is a bar and restaurant.
Hastings Fringe Festival 2017 takes throughout September in venues and spaces throughout Hastings and St Leonards. A pre-festival event will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 August. Visit the Hastings Fringe festival website for further details and the full programme (to be announced).