Wednesday, 10 December 2008


If you love Eastbourne and you love the arts, we’d love you to be our friend!

For 2009 the Festival is being organised and run entirely by volunteers. In order to achieve our aims, we will need support from a range of organisations and individuals. If you care about what we want to do, you can help too. Become a Friend of Eastbourne Festival!

For an annual subscription of £25, you can support Eastbourne Festival, and in return we will make sure that you will benefit from:
• advance mailing of the Festival brochure
• your name (as a Friend of The Festival) printed in the main Festival brochure
• an opportunity to join a free guided tour of selected artists Open Houses or free backstage tour of one of Eastbourne's theatres during Eastbourne Festival
• a Friends of the Festival monthly newsletter
Family membership is available for £40.
To become our friend, simply request an application form by e-mailing or download one from

Wednesday, 8 October 2008


In 2009 Eastbourne Festival will take place from 11 - 26 April. It will continue to give local artists and performers an opportunity to showcase their work, as well as aiming to attract the participation of regional, national and international artists, performers and entertainers in the long term.

Are you planning to organise an event?

Events organisers are invited to submit proposals of events for inclusion in the Festival brochure. This year Festival organisers are particularly interested in including events in the Festival brochure if they celebrate Eastbourne, make use of unusual locations, or actively support or highlight the work of artists and performers living or working in Eastbourne. We hope that you will register your event if you're doing something different, pushing boundaries, broadening horizons or building new partnerships and collaborations!

Events organisers can download Registration forms from For full information click here.

Thursday, 11 September 2008


Plans are now firmly in progress for Eastbourne Festival 2009!

The Eastbourne Festival Community Interest Company are seeking major funding towards next year’s Festival from national organisations, however it will also very much welcome involvement from local businesses.

For £150 companies can become ‘Commercial Founding Sponsors’ with their company logo on the ‘Sponsors’ page of the Festival website, and a link to their main site together with a company logo on the sponsors’ page of the main Festival brochure.

Further sponsorship opportunities will be available for individually negotiated high profile packages including sponsorship of event banners, single named sponsorship of specific events and packages specially tailored to fit individual sponsor’s needs, such as the provision of services up to an agreed value.

If you would like to sponsor Eastbourne Festival, please telephone Julian Sutherland-Beatson on 01323 643727 to discuss.

Saturday, 17 May 2008


Pictured here are John and Helen Warren who took part in Eastbourne Festival 2008, showing John's ceramics and Helen's paintings in their Open House and garden. John & Helen say "It's great to see that things are happening in preparation for next year's Open Houses, which we are planning to be part of."

Friday, 25 April 2008


NEW NETWORKS - In addition to the Festival website which is currently being re-vamped we have set up two new online Festival information and networking resources at MySpace (see links) and here at

We'd like to invite you to contribute to these sites with information, comments and images of your Festival 2008 events. Today's images are of Open House events, but we'd like to see everyone's festival events represented here, so if you were part of a music, drama, literature or any other event, do let us have your images.

Pictured left - music at the Kinchin Open House in The Goffs

Eastbourne Open Houses co-ordinator, Julian Sutherland-Beatson

If you already have your own MySpace we hope you'll join our network at Otherwise (or in addition) please do leave a comment here on our blog to tell us about your festival 2008 successes. If you have an image of your event which you'd like us to publish, please send it as a low resolution JPEG to & we'll put it up on the site for you.

Artist, Claire Hackney, gives a portrait demo at her Open House in Latimer Road.

Also, if you visited an Eastbourne Festival 2008 event which you enjoyed, please tell us about it by leaving your comment here.

We look forward to being able to read about some of your experiences of Eastbourne Festival 2008.

Sunday, 13 April 2008


EASTBOURNE FESTIVAL 2009 WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 11th - 26th APRIL 2009. A new Eastbourne Festival Community Interest Company has been formed to organize and promote an Eastbourne Festival for 2009 and future years. Plans are already under way to build upon the success of the 2008 Eastbourne Festival.

During March 2008 over 150 Festival events including music, dance, literature and artists Open Houses were held at venues across the town. Organisers were pleased and encouraged by the number of visitors supporting events and the huge enthusiasm for the Festival.

Organisers of Eastbourne Festival 2009 are committed to promoting excellence, diversity and imaginative interaction across artforms and will encourage the development of a broad programme of traditional, contemporary and experimental events for future Festivals.