Exciting journey into dance

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Dance Fest 5 SUS-160727-102302001

People in Hastings and Bexhill were treated to a colourful and energetic dance display over the weekend.

The free Journeys Dance Festival attracted large crowds at the Stade Open Space in Hastings and on Bexhill Lawns.

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Dance Fest 4 SUS-160727-102240001

They were treated to a UK premiere performance by Zaza Tsara - a troupe of dancers from Mayotte, a tiny archipelago in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Tanzania.

“This dance style has never been performed in the UK before,” says Mandy Curtis, Director of 18 Hours, the local events company that produces Journeys.

At Hastings the Stade was filled with crowds joining in with the uplifting vibes of top UK reggae band Gabbidon, fronted by founder member of Steele Pulse, Basil Gabbidon.

In the days before the festival, the Mayottian dancers ran dance workshops with local dance groups, Phoenix Inferno and Sheik’s Delights, performing together at the festival.

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Dance Fest 3 SUS-160727-102226001

The sun shone in Bexhill for an afternoon of multicultural dance.

18 hours is a social enterprise with a passion for fostering global understanding through education and events.

Thye are committed to environmental sustainability, diversity, inclusivity and the promotion of good practice.

As a Development Education Centre they work with teachers across East Sussex, to embed global teaching, including diversity and sustainability across the curriculum.

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Dance Fest 1 SUS-160727-102155001

Pictures by James Robertshaw.

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