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Special edition celebrating:
Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green
August 19th to 28th 2016
Events coming up soon
7th August: Dig for Victory Cowbeech
12th August: Rude Mechanicals - MacByrd
19-28th August: Little Arts Festival on Rushlake Green
29th August: Le Marche, Heathfield
8-18th September: Hailsham Festival
The little arts festival
Too big to miss
We make no apology for devoting this edition almost exclusively to the Little Arts Festival. From modest beginnings (it's in the title), this little project has blossomed into a remarkable demonstration of local artistic brilliance, combined with extraordinary efforts by an army of enthusiasts, volunteers, helpers, donors, sponsors, supporters and providers of free services. Over the ten days of the Little Arts Festival there will be over forty artistic activities including music, theatre, visual arts, poetry, literature, crafts, dance, drawing, painting and pottery - all created by local artists and arts groups.
Tickets on sale now
The complete Little Arts Festival programme is available at the Villages Stores, other outlets and on the website www.thelittleartsfestival.co.uk. The programme includes a Live Radio Play; Early Music recitals; Family Creative day; Poetry Cafe; Charcoal-drawing, Watercolour-painting and Pottery workshops; Hits from 1966 concert; Latin Dance classes; Crafts in the Making day and a talk by a celebrated local author. Many of the festival events are free. For the majority of those that are ticketed or bookable, prices have been kept very modest - just £6, or £5 for Friends of the Festival - to encourage people to attend lots of events.
Tickets can be purchased at the pop-up Festival Box Office:
Thursday 4th Aug Osborne House 9.30 - 12.30
Saturday 6th Aug Rushlake Green Village Stores 9.30 - 12.30
Sunday 7th Aug Rushlake Green Village Stores 9.30 - 12.30
Tuesday 9th Aug Horam Centre, Horam High Street 9.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 10th Aug Horam Centre, Horam High Street 9.30 - 12.30
Saturday 13th Aug Rushlake Green Village Stores 9.30 - 12.30
Monday 15th Aug Rushlake Green Village Stores 9.30 - 12.30
Some activities, such as charcoal drawing and watercolour classes, can be booked direct with the artists involved. Contact details in the programme.
We understand ticket sales to date have been brisk. As audience capacities are limited, early booking is recommended.
Truly a community thing
From distributing programmes and putting up posters, to helping out on the day with catering, front of house, room-settting and clearing up, people from across the local community have come forward to offer their help.
Lin Collins has been leading an army of bunting makers in a series of sewing bees. The result - more than 120 metres of immaculatey sewn bunting, ready to deck out all ten festival venues in and around Rushlake Green.
Photos by Sophie Mayer
Little Festival makes a Big Impact at the Flower Festival
Once again the Rushlake Green Flower Show defied the weather and pulled off another triumph. The flower and produce tent was again packed with the most wonderful displays of artistry and green-fingered expertise. Sacks were raced, dogs performed, wars were tugged, goods were bought everyone had a great time - serenaded by the Warbleton Brass Band. And in the evening the Starlettos band raised the roof and got everyone bopping. The Little Arts Festival team were there in force selling tickets, explaining the festival and handing out programmes.