Alternative festival still full throttle

Thomas Truax at the Trash'd Festival in Hastings SUS-151123-144802001

Thomas Truax at the Trash'd Festival in Hastings SUS-151123-144802001

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The inimitable Hastings­ based Trash’d Festival ​is back thanks to a grant from Arts Council England for this festival “of the alternative.”

This is a celebration of music, art, literature and photography which provides a platform for new wave musicians, artists and performers. ​Trash’d kicked off in September but there’s still loads to come...November 29 sees the return of Raw at The Brass Monkey,​ when young punk bands meet industry veterans in a panel style critique event. Admission £5.

From December 2 -21 an exhibition by Felix Zakar​ will run at the Memorial Art Gallery, showing works by this Folkestone based visual artist and artist’s bookmaker.

Howl! is a new addition to Trash’d for 2015, the exploration of the spoken word with Respond Academy. The Howl! Gala Show​ with special guests PA’s Joe Sellman­-Leava and Iphgenia Baal takes place at The Stade Hall on December​ 3, £5 entry.

Another new event is Draw the Line on December 10 ​from 7.30pm, an illustrated talk by Cathy Simpson on British cartoonists’ response to the Charlie Hebdo killings, with the work of Ralph Steadman, Bill Stott and others. Only £3 this includes live music and discussion at Borough Wines Shop in Robertson Street. Finally there is A Midwinter Night’s Dream ​(Winterval Transmission), ­The Trash’d New Wave Festival Christmas Special with Thomas Truax at The Brass Monkey on December 21 at 7pm, entry £5. For more go to www.trashcannesfestival.co.uk.