Saturday, 20 August 2011

Spotlight- 27 August

Spotlight is an ambitious evening of bold, experimental and specially-commissioned performances, installations & interactive activities parading along the seafront from St Leonards to Hastings Old Town on Saturday 27 August.

Spotlight takes place on the opening weekend of the Coastal Currents arts festival, starting at 4pm at St Leonards Gardens with an installation 'Liquid Glass'.

The musical procession moves along the promenade to Bottle Alley, joined by the Bohemia Ukulele Orchestra, then the pier, where decorated cyclists Pier to Eternity climb on board.

The parade continues past a large choir based on the swan boating lake, to Stade Hall and Open Space, where the festival is launched with speeches and refreshments, and where a number of performances and free activities will be taking place. These include Jenny Edbrookes 'Smalls' installation & performance, free LED badge-making, traditional seaside games, a pop-up metal detector museum with Eight Foot Square, paper couture dresses, 'Cabinet of Wonder' theatrical life drawing sessions, a tightrope show and the Coastal Currents taster exhibition, with a selection of work from throughout the festival on show.

The final leg of the procession takes participants through a sound installation in the Harold Place Underpass to Wellington Square Gardens, where Radiator Arts will have a large illuminated sculptural installation, 'The Lost Plot'.

We encourage as many people to come along and to join in. Liquid Glass is on the look out for singers and noise-makers for the early leg, and the Ukulele Orchestra encourage you to bring your own instrument tuned GCEA, to play along to a giant C6 chord.

Artist Maika Crampton will be running a paper couture workshop on Thursday 25, 6-9pm- come along to make a paper hat or fascinator, and wear it to Spotlight on the 27th.

BuildBrighton will be running two free LED badge-making workshops- one at 1-4pm and one in the evening. We recommend you book to guarantee a place.

Full details are available in the brochure, and the special Spotlight fold-out map (see image above) which are distributed around Hastings & St Leonards (come to Stade Hall for additional copies.) Or check the Spotlight page on the website: