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5 unmissable events in Hastings this autumn

PUBLISHED: 15:24 17 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 19 August 2016


Hastings is the town on everyone’s lips this year. In February it celebrated the opening of the world’s biggest underground skate and BMX park, in a disused hot baths on the seafront. Then in April, the pier reopened six years after it was devastated by fire. And now, it’s preparing to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14 October.

The ROOT 1066 Festival of Contemporary Arts runs from 3 September to 16 October. With new works commissioned from local, national and international artists, it promises to bring innovative and fresh perspectives on the history and legacy of 1066. The festival will offer spectacular outdoor events, fantastic performances and exhibitions and exciting participatory projects across 1066 Country focused in Hastings, Bexhill and Battle.

Here are just five of the highlights – for many more, go to 1066contemporary.com.

1. A tongue-in-cheek look at the British

Margaret Thatcher, Myra Hindley and Tony Blair are just three of the Inselaffe – meaning ‘island monkeys’ who feature in Marcus Harvey’s irreverent exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery (ends 16 October). See jerwoodgallery.org for admission prices.

Inselaffe © Mark CocksedgeInselaffe © Mark Cocksedge

2. Hastings lit up like you’ve never seen before

On Saturday 10th September, world-renowned light artist Chris Levine will be taking to the pier for a spectacular immersive light and sound show: iy_project. Book a free ticket to experience the event on the pier itself, or watch from the beach, promenade, East or West Hill. To help you get home afterwards, the East and West Hill lifts will be staying open until 10pm and Southeastern will be extending their 22.50 train service, which usually terminates at Tonbridge, to call at all principal stations through to Charing Cross.


3. Interactive theatre on Ladies Parlour

Theatre company WildWorks are creating a bespoke installation and performance for Hastings, The Great Survey. It’s inspired by the Domesday Book, completed in 1086 by order of William the Conqueror. Drop in between 8 to 11 September, 1-7pm and see what’s happening – it’s free.


4. Feast on Norman and Saxon cuisine

Raise a glass to the battlefield ghosts and enjoy a delicious, innovative and locally sourced three-course meal, with Feast of the Dead. Performers will pick over the bones of a battle that still affects our daily lives, in this celebratory communal experience of the past, present and future. Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 September, 7pm, Stade Hall. Tickets £18/£25.

Feast of the DeadFeast of the Dead

5. Premiere of community opera

Powerful new opera PUSH traces themes of hope, togetherness, separation and fear. It brings together soloists from Glyndebourne, musicians from some of the UK’s major orchestras, and 250 children and adults from across 1066 Country. PUSH makes its world premiere on Saturday 1 October at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, followed by a semi-staged version in Battle on Saturday 8 October 2016. Tickets cost £5 to £15 – see dlwp.com and battlefestival.co.uk.

PUSH OperaPUSH Opera

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news visit 1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.


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