Friday, 23 December 2011

Spyboy Supporting the Eastbourne Festival

We are very pleased to announce that Spyboy will once again be supporting the Eastbourne Festival with an exciting list of events for you to choose from.  Follow this blog for updates and early booking opportunities. 

Sunday 8th April - Martin Carthy & Lucy Ward - Underground Theatre
Seats £17.50

Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music, Martin Carthy has for the past four decades been regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music.

Lucy Ward is just setting out on her journey along the "folk path", but has already been a BBC Young Folk Award Finalist, and received nominations for two awards at the 2012 BBC Folk Awards. 

Advance booking for the above show can ONLY be made at the Hailsham Pavilion – 01323 841414

Sunday, 18 December 2011

  The Grand Éclair

Friday, 16 December 2011

Hello from the new bloggers.

Hello and welcome to the shiny new face of the Eastbourne Festival blog. We're feeling excited about next years Festival and we hope that you will too when you read what’s in store for Festival 2012.  We'll be posting regularly during the weeks running up to next year's festival, so be sure to visit to keep up with the latest news, you will be able to hear more from the musicians, artists and performers taking part and find out about getting involved yourself.
There are already lots of exciting events registered to take place in Festival 2012, from one off pop up events, psychedelic fringe 'happenings' and burlesque evenings to live music, open houses and stand-up comedy, but there is still room for lots more.
If you're thinking of putting on an event or helping out with the overall running of the festival we'd love to hear from you, email
If you happen to be a stiltwalker, juggler, stand-up comedian, poet or street dancer how about taking part in the Streets of Eastbourne event on Saturday the 7th April 2012? We're looking for stagehands and stewards too. Get in touch.
If you would like to support us and become a Friend of the Festival you can join up here 
This is a great opportunity to get your work out there and give back to the town at the same time. What could be better?

Eastbourne Festival 2012

Plans for the 2012 festival are now well under way, with the programme of events looking to be even more exciting than last year. The festival programme will feature, amongst many others:
  • Fringe 2012  so far:
    • The Happening:  for the second year running The Happening will once again entertain & bemuse us with its exploration of eclectic underground art forms which combine mixed media entertainment, live performance art & music.
    • The Grand Éclair:  for one afternoon only this pop up event will be making its début appearance with a bijou & intimate Parisian inspired afternoon tea.  Served in a decadent, velvet festooned, tiny Raj Marquee.  Each 60 minute experience includes tea & cakes, static art plus a live tableau vivant or a Parisian inspired chanteuse.  Limited tickets for scheduled viewing, each ticket is valid for 60 minuets.
    • Streets of Eastbourne: Following the success of the 2011 festival launch event, this year’s event will host not one but two stages showcasing a variety of performances including music, dance, theatre, poetry & story telling ditties; plus street dance, hoopla & poi performances & workshops.  A vibrant street market will meander along the high street linking the two performance stages. There will also be an information stall where you can pick up your festival brochures or book tickets for some of the festival events.
    • Boudoir Burlesque: Another festival regular, the Boudoir Burlesque team will once again showcase the “Boudoir Belles” & the town’s favourite darlings “The Pretty Little Horse Breakers”, who will be performing their 2012 selection of beautifully choreographed routines before they head off into the sunset to perform on the summer festival circuit.  Eagerly awaited by the ladies a very special appearance by “The Chaps” an all male cheeky burlesque routine.
    • Boudoir Burlesque will present live music & in house DJs dropping quality tunes till the wee hours. If this was not enough, there will be a mini burlesque boutique & a burlesque inspired photo booth & costume area where you & your friends can immortalise yourselves as dandies or burlesque beauties!  A professional photographer will shoot & print your photo there & then for a suggested donation per head, proceeds of which will go to Breast Cancer Awareness.
    • Also in support of this charity some beautiful ladies will be circulating the venue peddling moustaches of a certain distinction & garters to be worn above the knee! Please give generously.
  • More info on the following in our next blog
  • Artists Open Houses Event:
  • Festival treats:
  • Towner Gallery:

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Register for the 2012 Eastbourne Festival NOW!

The 2012 Eastbourne Festival will take place from 7 - 29 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.