Welcome to the Hailsham Festival 2018!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Hailsham Festival, a celebration of talent, creativity and imagination centred in Hailsham and its surrounding area.

The festival originated over ten years ago when it consisted mainly of its highly acclaimed Art Trail. The trail this year will include over 100 artists exhibiting at venues  across Hailsham and surrounding area, while dance, drama, theatre, poetry, literature, cinema, food, drink and music (including jazz, folk and opera) will once again be strongly represented.

From the moment I started taking part in the festival I was bowled over by the variety, quality and richness which the festival has to offer. Thanks are due to our sponsors and supporters and particularly the Chalk Cliff Trust and the Big Lottery Fund whose generous  help ensures that we have the resources to take creative risks and offer a diverse programme of events. The arts represent a vital component of our culture, enriching our community and creating a vibrant landscape from which we all benefit.

I do hope you enjoy the festival.

Dr Tony Biggin (Chair)